Global Defence Technology: Issue 33

In this issue: We round up this year’s DSEI, look at Nike Ajax’s legacy, consider the role of technology in the body armour market, learn how bees could be used to detect mines and much more


Global Defence Technology: Issue 33

However tight budgets are, defence departments are always willing to invest in body armour and helmets. But with the US drawing out of Afghanistan and sequestration biting hard, we ask how technological innovation will keep the sector buoyant.

We also explore how anti-aircraft missiles have evolved since the launch of the first ever surface-to-air missile Nike Ajax 60 years ago, take a look at the US Navy's new maritime warfare aircraft, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, and round up the biggest topics from this year's DSEI, where naval warships took centre stage.

Moreover, we investigate the drivers behind increased naval investment in South America and look back at the operational life of the USS Enterprise.

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In this issue

Special report

Playing it Safe
A strong naval presence proved to be one of the most popular attractions at this year's DSEI, but major technological innovation was lacking. Global Defence Technology reviews key topics from a somewhat subdued event.
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Army

Protection Racket
However tight budgets are, defence departments are always willing to invest in body armour and helmets. We find out how technological innovation will keep the sector buoyant.
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Minehunting Bees
The use of sniffer dogs to detect explosives is well established, but dogs are not the only creatures with a nose for bombs. We learn how bees could be used to identify landmines.
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Air Force

The Legacy of Nike Ajax
Sixty years ago the first surface-to-air missile system was deployed by the US Army. We explore how it ushered in a transformation in air operations that has lasted into the present day.
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Air Force / Navy

The Age of Poseidon
The US Navy's new maritime warfare aircraft, the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, will reach initial operational capability by the end of year. We ask why the US Navy is still investing in manned aircraft.
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Navy

Defending South American Seas
The Brazilian Navy has taken delivery of its third and final multimillion dollar offshore patrol vessel from BAE Systems. We consider how this signals an era of naval modernisation across South America.
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A Legend Retires
The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise, has been consigned to the scrapyard. We look at the last great engineering feat in the ship's record-breaking life.
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Next Issue

Armoured vehicle technology has made huge leaps thanks greater competition between manufacturers. To find out where innovation is headed, we profile recent achievements in armoured vehicle technology.

We also take a look at bio-inspired locomotion for military robots, and ask how breakthroughs in training and medical treatment are improving the outlook for critically injured soldiers on the front line.

Moreover, we debate if the F-35 programme means good business for British manufacturers, take a look at new technology to counter rogue UAVs, and explore advances in mine countermeasure systems and a new technology designed to intercept small vessels favoured by pirates.

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