Global Defence Technology: Issue 57

In this issue: Making Pakistan’s schools safer with predictive analysis, how the Nexter-KMW merger will change the game for armoured vehicles in Europe, replacing the Humvee, Australia’s $89bn domestic shipbuilding revival and more.


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Global Defence Technology is free for the iPad. Download our app from the App Store to read the latest issue and browse our back issues.Two years ago the Royal Navy challenged the defence industry to come up with innovative ideas to give it an operational edge. The resulting concept, dubbed Dreadnought 2050, brings together cutting-edge naval research and development in the UK with the navy's future thinking on maritime warfare. We take a look at the vision for the future frigate.

We also find out how a UN-backed initiative is trying to improve safety in Pakistan's school through predictive data analysis, ask whether the merger of Nexter and KMW has set the scene for restructuring in Europe's defence sector, and take a look at Oshkosh's design for the replacement of the US Army's iconic Humvee. Plus, we investigate how the US military's drone operator crews will cope with a planned 50% increase in ISR missions by 2019, and we consider what Australia's recent Cabinet reshuffle will mean for the country's $89bn naval investment plan.

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In this issue

Safer with Data
A new UN-backed technology partnership aims to make Pakistan's schools safer through the use of predictive analytics. Chris Lo finds out more from the initiative's technology partner Predictify.me.
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Changing the Game in Europe
Following the merger of Nexter and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Dr Gareth Evans asks if this is an indication that Europe's national-based defence sector is conducting a long-awaited restructuring.
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The End of an Era
The age of the Humvee is officially coming to an end as Oshkosh Defense gears up to build its replacement for the US military. Claire Apthorp finds out how the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle will help the army face the challenges of future conflicts.
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Under Pressure
With the US military's remotely piloted aircraft teams already over-burdened by current missions, how will the Pentagon's plan to double the number of ISR drone flights by 2019 be put into practice? Claire Apthorp investigates.
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Arrested Development
A Cabinet reshuffle has thrown into doubt the Australian Government's 20-year plan to rejuvenate its naval shipbuilding industry. Julian Turner breaks down the $89bn investment in surface ships and advanced submarines, and asks if the nation's federal defence organisations are fit for purpose.
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Warship of the Future
In 2013 the Royal Navy challenged the defence industry to come up with innovative ideas to give it an operational edge. Dr Gareth Evans explores the resulting designs to find out how the force will sail in 2050.
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Next issue preview

Afghanistan's defence spending is set to increase significantly as the country sets out to completely overhaul its national infrastructure and defence industry. We find out which challenges the country has to overcome in the process of reconstruction.

We also take a look at GE and Pratt & Whitney's work on the first 'adaptive' jet engine for the US Air Force, check in on the progress of the US XS-1B space plane project as Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems move ahead with their designs, and find out how Norway is planning to cut costs through international cooperation on its next-generation submarine programme.

Plus, we explore the latest smart energy innovations for military bases and soldier systems, and find out how researchers are tackling the problem of motion sickness in drone operators by applying findings from the field of virtual reality.

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