Global Defence Technology Issue 1215 February 2012
In this issue: Going on the cyber offensive, top third-gen tanks, leading air force training aircraft, and high-precision naval navigation.
Over the last decade, our understanding of cyber security has irrevocably shifted. Once regarded as the domain of basement-dwelling loners, cyber threats have now been recognised as the pervasive threat that they really are and states around the world are increasingly going on the digital offensive with a range of sophisticated cyber weapons.
In this issue we look into the tension surrounding government-backed cyber attacks and investigate how countries are gearing up for a new kind of conflict. We also ask Robert Lentz, the former chief information security officer of the US Department of Defense, about his views on cyber threats on the defence sector and how the industry can respond.
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Also in this issue
Whether for active ground operations or peace keeping, tanks are regarded as an essential means of artillery support. We profile the third and current generation of main battle tanks to identify some of the most relied upon MBTs used by the world's armies today, and take an in-depth look at the developments and upgrades of the Abrams M1 and the Challenger 2.
Read more in the army section of this issue.
Faced with ever more complex systems and tightening budgets, militaries are seeing a shift in training requirements and methods. We ask an RAF insider how the ideal balance between live, virtual and constructive training can be achieved. We also profile the leading training aircraft available for pilot training today.
Read more in the air force section of this issue.
With traditional, paper-based navigation becoming a thing of the past, high-precision marine navigation systems have become essential for naval vessels. We explore the various advanced systems on the market today, and also take a look at the specific challenges of underwater navigation and new technology being developed in this area.
Read more in the navy section of this issue.
Next issue preview
Next month we take a look into the future of military robotics and profile the latest developments from Boston Dynamics' BigDog to new designs for micro robots. We also investigate the reality behind the futuristic notion of 'iron man suits' to see how close we have come to working exoskeletons.
With successful tests of Boeing's X-51A Waverider having given a boost to the scramjet concept, we explore the potential of these supersonic engines. In the navy section, we look at the rise of the multi-role vessel and profile some of the most cutting edge vessels available today.
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