Global Defence Technology special issue: Soldier systems | July 2014

Our new special issue is all about soldier systems. From kit to weapons and from health monitoring to nutrition, we take a look at the demands of today’s conflicts and theatres on soldiers and the new technology being developed to make their deployments safer and more efficient.

We find out how a new health monitoring system worn on the skin helps assess soldiers’ vital signs to ensure their well-being, look into the US Army’s research into more efficient and lightweight batteries to reduce the weight burden on soldiers in the field, and investigate the latest efforts to design camouflage that allows soldiers to blend into the territory of current and future conflict zones.

Communications and networking is becoming ever more important on the battlefield. We explore the US military’s plans to use data sharing tools and mobile apps inspired by social media to connect soldiers on the ground better with air support and the chain of command and find out how an innovative standard could help improve the interoperability of communication systems and reduce redundancy and the burden of equipment a soldier has to carry.

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In this issue:

Black Ghost
Worn health monitoring systems measure physiological signals in real time to assess an individual’s physical condition and performance. Grant Turnbull explores how a new system by Equivital helps monitor the performance and well-being of soldiers
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(Re)charged and Ready
The arrival of advanced technology has multiplied the number of batteries a soldier has to carry. Grant Turnbull explores the US Army Research Laboratory’s ground-breaking research into more powerful, lightweight batteries
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The Quest for Invisibility
After the Army Combat Uniform was criticised as unsuitable for use in Afghanistan, the US Department of Defence is working on a new solution. Berenice Baker asks whether the focus should be on high-tech alternatives rather than print design
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Precise Power
Assault rifles provide precise, powerful and reliable firepower. We take a look at the major rifles in service with the world’s biggest armies
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Total Integration
Military systems need to interface with each other to reduce redundancy and soldier burden. Berenice Baker finds out how an innovative standard could help improve interoperability and overcome the technical constraints of battlefield systems
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The Soldier Network
Social media has made the sharing of information second nature for many users. Now the US military wants to give soldiers similar tools to share data on the battlefield. Grant Turnbull investigates recent advances in military network technology
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Meals, Ready to Enjoy
Feeding troops on the battlefield is one of the most important parts of fighting a war. Grant Turnbull finds out how, thanks to advances in food technology, soldiers can now enjoy home comforts in the field
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Next issue preview

Brazil is investing heavily in defence upgrades to protect its natural resources and guard its borders against drug trafficking. We find out how the country is growing into a new role as technologically adept and alert regional leader. We also take a look at the latest non-lethal weapons, explore the capabilities of the major close-in weapon systems in development and profile the world’s fastest military aircraft.

We also investigate how the various world militaries control the military satellite launch market and ask where a lack of future mega defence projects will leave UK manufacturers once the F-35 and Queen Elizabeth class carrier programmes are completed.

Don’t miss our armoured vehicles special issue, out on 25 September!

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