Global Defence Technology: Issue 39

In this issue: Europe's next-gen combat drones, smart weapons, Turkey's ambitions for a self-sufficient defence industry, progress in NATO’s missile defence programme and more


Global Defence Technology: Issue 39 | May 2015

A new generation of experimental stealth unmanned combat air vehicles is under development in Europe to demonstrate the potential capability of remotely piloted armed aircraft as part of future air force fleets. We take a look at two of the most significant programmes -BAE Systems' Taranis and the Dassault-led nEUROn - which have recently achieved significant project milestones.

In the aftermath of severe winter storms and floods that left parts of the UK inaccessible, we find out more about the role of the armed forces in helping out during national emergencies, and the skills and equipment they bring on board that aren't otherwise available. We also explore a new generation of smart weapons including the ATK XM-25 "Punisher", find out how Turkey's ambitious domestic equipment manufacturing projects will affect its international relations and investigate the controversy surrounding Switzerland's plans to buy 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden.

Moreover, we catch up with the latest developments in NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence roll-out and review BAE Systems' options for keeping its Scottish shipyards in business.

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In this issue

Emergency Response
Critics claimed that the government and the military acted too late when unrelenting winter storms hit the UK in late 2013 and early 2014. Berenice Baker investigates how British armed forces can be more efficient when responding to disasters
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Smart Shooting
Smart weapons can precisely hit enemy targets, minimise collateral damage and maximise lethality. Berenice Baker investigates how the technology has been incorporated into soldier-borne weapons, launch systems and ammunition.
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Turkish Ambition
Turkey is building its own UAVs, ships and even a main battle tank. Grant Turnbull asks how the country's drive for self-sufficiency could affect its relationship with NATO and foreign suppliers
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Taranis vs nEUROn
A new generation of stealth unmanned combat air vehicles may have the potential to become part of future air force fleets. Berenice Baker investigates two European programmes that
have achieved significant project milestones
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The Gripen Controversy
Ahead of the Swiss referendum on the government's proposed multi-billion Gripen deal with Saab, Grant Turnbull investigates why the country's need for new fighter jets has sparked controversy
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Shields Up
As the first US Navy ship capable of tracking and shooting down ballistic missiles takes up its position in Spain, Grant Turbull catches up with recent progress in NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence programme
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Game-Changing Decisions
BAE Systems is facing some tough decisions that could radically change shipbuilding in the UK. Grant Turnbull reports on the future of the company's shipyards
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Next issue preview

In an era of cutting costs and with the possibility of uncertain new theatres of combat, militaries are embracing simulation training with new enthusiasm, including sophisticated new virtual reality technology. We look at how new degrees of realism are blurring the lines between simulation and live exercises.

We also review the world's best infantry fighting vehicles, find out more about the UK's £330m Merlin helicopter upgrade and catch up with Boeing's Phantom Eye HALE project as it enters endurance and altitude testing. Moreover, we ask how, after years of fighting insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US Marine Corps is repositioning itself and preparing for a wider range of amphibious and conventional missions and investigate concerns over the lack of progress in Sweden's A26 next-generation submarine programme.

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