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BAE Systems reveals futuristic ’human skin’ concept for aircraft
21 August, 2014 | by Grant Turnbull
Engineers have developed a human-like skin for aircraft which can detect damage and sense the world as it flies through the sky. The smart skin is embedded with tiny sensors the size of rice...
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Remote controlled Black Hawks - reviving aircraft as unmanned systems 20 August, 2014 by Berenice Baker Unmanned aerial systems are commonplace for many air forces around the world, but the technology can often be expensive and bespoke systems can take years to build. Now aerospace manufacturers...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 42 13 August, 2014 In this issue: Russia’s threat to cut the US off from vital rocket engine supplies, Michelin’s new anti-landmine tyre, the best designs for military flying trucks, new criticism of the...

Bombs away: US bomber fleet upgraded for the 21st century 06 August, 2014 by Grant Turnbull Billions of dollars are being spent to upgrade and modernise the US Air Force’s ageing fleet of Cold War strategic bombers. With several technological enhancements, it is hoped the B-1B, B-2...

July's top stories: Israel-Gaza crisis, Australia’s first F-35 JSF 04 August, 2014 by Nancy Victor Israel continues offensive on Gaza, the UN Security Council calls for an immediate peace truce and Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter (JSF)...

Stealth dilemma: debates heats up over F-35’s radar-evading tech 01 August, 2014 by Grant Turnbull Spiralling costs and long delays are constant gripes for many critics of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programme. Now, there is an added dimension to the debate as a growing number of...

Russian rockets: the US Government’s RD-180 conundrum 23 July, 2014 by Grant Turnbull Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin recently sent shockwaves through the US space industry when he announced that Russia would no longer supply rocket engines to the US. The engines...

Latest In Defence – A400M, P-8 Poseidon and Eurofighter Typhoon at Farnborough 22 July, 2014 by Berenice Baker Latest In Defence reports from Farnborough International Airshow, where the F-35 was due to make its international debut but failed to make a showing. We have an update on the UK’s A400M...

Fresh focus on UK defence at Farnborough 2014 16 July, 2014 by Grant Turnbull At this year's Farnborough Air Show held in Hampshire, it is UK defence, rather than commercial aerospace, which is the centre of attention. As the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review...

GE SmartSignal — predictive maintenance for military aircraft 15 July, 2014 by Berenice Baker Health and usage monitoring systems go a long way towards making the maintenance of military platforms more intelligent based on typical behaviour and live monitoring of threshold values. GE...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 41 09 July, 2014 In this issue: Brazil’s move on the international defence market, keeping non-lethal weapons safe, the future of the British defence industry as an era of mega-projects ends, the latest in...

June's top stories: Northrop $10bn B-2 upgrade, Sikorsky $1.3bn deal 02 July, 2014 by Nancy Victor USAF awarded $9.9bn B-2 modernisation and sustainment contract to Northrop, Sikorsky secured $1.3bn search and rescue helicopter development deal and Lockheed received $1.86bn contract to...

SpaceX vs the rocket launch status quo 18 June, 2014 by Chris Lo Elon Musk has rattled the US military space launch market, challenging the monopoly of United Launch Alliance by suing the US Air Force for the right to compete with his company SpaceX. How...

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