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Gripen E: an evolution in pictures
26 July, 2016
Saab has unveiled the Gripen E next-generation fighter, featuring an improved avionics system, the capability to carry more weapons and an improved range. Claire Apthorp takes a look at...
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Global Defence Technology: Issue 65 15 July, 2016 In this issue: Project CameraShy and Chinese cyber espionage, Nordic defence cooperation, lightweight vehicle armour, SpaceX challenges the United Launch Alliance, overhauling the UK’s Type...

June's top stories: L-3 wins $1.9bn KDC-10 support deal, Denmark buys F-35 jets 05 July, 2016 L-3 Communications has secured a contract for the USAF's KDC-10 aerial refuelling tankers, the Danish Ministry of Defence has agreed to buy F-35A Lightning II multirole...

SpaceX trumps ULA, but is it really the end of space flight monopoly? 04 July, 2016 by Dr Gareth Evans In April, the United States Air Force (USAF) awarded a valuable launch contract to Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) and so brought an end to the effective monopoly enjoyed...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 64 09 June, 2016 In this issue: Australia’s shifting defence spending priorities, military innovation made in Japan, the next stage of the British-French Future Combat Air System project, modernising IT for the...

May's top stories: Pakistan and China co-produce JF-17B aircraft, UK DIO awards RAF Mount Pleasant refurbish contract 07 June, 2016 Pakistan and China are jointly producing the JF-17B dual seat combat fighter aircraft, the UK Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has awarded an infrastructure contract to Trant...

Future Combat Air System: UK and France move ahead 17 May, 2016 The UK and France have announced a £1.54bn project to build a prototype of the Future Combat Air System. The next-generation UAV programme builds on the successful £120m joint feasibility...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 63 12 May, 2016 In this issue: The US Marine Corps under pressure, what’s holding back military robotics, investigating drone crashes, the potential of synthetic biology in new material research, detection...

April’s top stories: France-Qatar Rafale deal, US-Australia sale of AIM-120D missiles 05 May, 2016 by Anagha Unnikrishnan Qatar and France conclude Rafale deal worth €6.7bn, US approves $1.22bn sale of advanced AIM-120D missiles to Australia, and Japan beefs up aerial defence against Chinese...

Sharp ascent: the UK MoD’s future flying training programme 04 May, 2016 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing in the new fixed wing flying training system to modernise flying training for aircrew across the air force, navy and air corps. The system, provided...

JPADS: circumventing GPS for next-gen precision airdrops 26 April, 2016 by Dr Gareth Evans Global positioning system (GPS) tech has been a vital enabler of accurate military airdrops for 25 years, but it has its limitations. With the development of the Joint Precision Airdrop...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 62 13 April, 2016 In this issue: The US defence budget for 2017, the case for consolidation in Europe, precision airdrops with the US military’s JPADS, the UK’s future flying training, the latest progress in the...

March’s top stories: France-UK combat air system project, second phase of Operation Inherent Resolve 04 April, 2016 by Anagha Unnikrishnan France and UK to work on £1.54bn future combat air system project, Operation Inherent Resolve enters second phase, Finmeccanica to supply M-346 aircraft to Italian Air...

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