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Small bombs, big effect: arming small UAVs with guided weapons
17 December, 2014 | by Grant Turnbull
The use of small, lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) on the battlefield has surged over recent years. Fitted with advanced sensors and cameras, the UAVs have proved a cost-effective way...
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Nuclear powered aircraft: Cold War fission to new-age fusion 15 December, 2014 by Berenice Baker Inspired by the promise of vastly increased flight durations, the Russian and American militaries experimented with nuclear powered aircraft for two decades, but the concept never progressed...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 46 10 December, 2014 In this issue: The strategic thinking behind US-Vietnam reconciliation, boosting simulation technology with an open-source approach, the problem of regulating private militaries, the...

November's top stories: RAF departs Kandahar Airbase, S-400 Triumf export 03 December, 2014 UK Royal Air Force personnel left Kandahar Airbase in Afghanistan, Russia signed a contract for the first-ever export of its S-400 Triumf air defence system to China, and Libyan Air Force...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 45 13 November, 2014 In this issue: Boosting European land defences against Russian tanks, innovative body armour from head to toe, the British Army’s contribution to the Bloodhound supersonic car, missile defence...

Beyond the hype: the year of the Scorpion fighter jet 10 November, 2014 by Grant Turnbull Since its first flight in 2013, Textron AirLand’s new Scorpion aircraft has enjoyed significant attention from industry, the media and military top brass. The small, low-budget fighter jet made...

October's top stories: Brazil Gripen NG contract, UK deploys Reaper to Syria 03 November, 2014 The Brazilian Air Force finalised Gripen NG contract with Saab, the UK deployed MQ-9 Reaper and RC-135W Rivet Joint aircraft to Syria, and the US Air Force's X-37B orbital test vehicle mission...

Argentina’s Gripen deal – a threat to the Falkland Islands? 29 October, 2014 by Berenice Baker Argentina has launched a bid to acquire 24 Saab Gripen E fighter jets off the back of a deal with Brazil. Some commentators were quick to label the proposal a threat to British interests in...

Raising missileer morale - US Air Force to issue nuclear deterrence medal 21 October, 2014 by Berenice Baker In the modern military landscape, being a nuclear weapons technician involves a lot of 'hurry up and wait', although when potential nuclear threats raise their heads requiring intense drills...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 44 08 October, 2014 In this issue: The Putin effect on land defence modernisation in Eastern Europe, the rise and fall of the Humvee, BAE’s new soldier power system, the first fully robotic remote weapon station...

September's top stories: Anti-IS airstrikes in Syria, South Korea buys F-35 jets 03 October, 2014 The US and its Arab allies launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, South Korea purchases 40 F-35 fighters for $7bn and US Air Force receives first A-29 Super Tucano light air...

Video feature: British Army’s Watchkeeper finally operational in Afghanistan 01 October, 2014 by Grant Turnbull The British Army’s next generation unmanned air system (UAS) – called Watchkeeper – is now fully operational in Afghanistan. The aircraft, which is not armed, will give troops on the ground...

Airbus announces defence sell offs, will others follow? 17 September, 2014 by Grant Turnbull In a radical shake-up of its business portfolio, Airbus Defence and Space has announced it will sell several business units in order to concentrate on its core activities in space,...

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