Global Defence Technology: Issue 53

In this issue: Defining a defence strategy for the UK, the race is on for Land 400, the politics behind Israel’s David’s Sling programme, the news from Paris Air Show, the Ford carrier’s bumpy ride into service, the US Navy’s new littoral tech trinity and more


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With the next Strategic Defence and Security Review expected by the end of the year and the global security situation remaining unpredictable, the new UK government faces a formidable challenge in setting an achievable defence strategy for the country. We investigate how key issues such as budget cuts and the Trident controversy will shape the UK's defence decisions.

We also take a look at the contenders for Australia's Land 400 programme, review new research into the link between sleep and PTSD, and investigate the politics behind the development of Israel's David's Sling missile defence system. Moreover, we check in on the progress of the troubled Gerald R. Ford carrier project, and find out how the US Navy is tackling today's littoral threats with a new 'trinity' of technology.

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In this issue

What's the Strategy?
With global instability at its highest level in decades and the UK's defence budget declining steadily, the newly elected government faces the challenge of setting an effective and achievable national security strategy. Chris Lo finds out what we can expect.
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Necessity Turned Luxury
A new study has found that a lack of healthy sleep among troops is linked to an increased risk of health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Gary Peters looks into the extent of the problem and possible solutions
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The Race is On
As the Australian Government zeroes in on a new fleet of armoured fighting vehicles under its biggest ever land acquisition programme, industry teams are aligning themselves to get a part of the action. Claire Apthorp investigates
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Arming David's Sling
The latest system in Israel's multi-layered defences against rocket and missile attacks may come equipped with caveats symbolic of a changing relationship with the US and Russia. Dr Gareth Evans reports on the technology and the politics behind David's Sling
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Paris Air Show 2015: The Tech and the Deals
Sales were markedly dominated by Airbus and Boeing on the commercial side, with military sales -and even the big defence players - few and far between. Claire Apthorp reports from the event
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Ford's Bumpy Ride
The USS Gerald R. Ford is on track for delivery to the US Navy in March 2016, but with it comes an overstretched budget and technological glitches. Dr Gareth Evans reports on the patchy Ford Class aircraft carrier programme
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The Three Musketeers
The US Navy is tackling today's littoral threats with a 'trinity' of complementary systems. Carol Jenkins investigates why the Littoral Combat Ship, the MH-60R Seahawk helicopter and the MQ-8 Fire Scout UAS could be the perfect partners for littoral supremacy
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Next issue preview

The US and India have announced plans to strengthen their defence relationship by cooperating on a number of projects ranging from jet engines to aircraft carrier designs. We find out how this could support India's efforts to become a defence manufacturing hub and what each country stands to gain.

We also take a look at Airbus Defence and Spaces' new Multirole Jammer system designed to protect military vehicles against radio-controlled improvised explosive devices, ask what the certification of SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch system for national security space missions and the US Air Force's request for rocket propulsion system prototypes to replace the RD-180 engine will mean for the future of the US space launch market, and find out how the EU plans to target trafficking in the Mediterranean with a new naval force mission.

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