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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...
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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,...

Global Defence Technology: Issue 43 11 September, 2014 In this issue: The US military’s green energy research, advances in regenerative medicine for injured soldiers, the US Air Force’s vintage bomber upgrades, optionally manned capabilities for...

VIDEO – Duke Airborne Systems RWS robotically arms helicopters in seconds 05 September, 2014 by Berenice Baker Utility helicopters perform a vital role in modern warfare delivering troops and supplies to otherwise inaccessible areas, but they are often minimally armed so have to fly with an armed...

August's top stories: Paramount AHRLAC test, Israel and Hamas truce 03 September, 2014 Paramount conducted the maiden flight test of the first AHRLAC prototype, Israel and Hamas agree to an indefinite ceasefire in Gaza and the UK deploys Tornado fighters to search for the...

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...

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...

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