Global Defence Technology: Issue 60

In this issue: Why the Pentagon opposes further defence industry mergers, a new technology to detect WMDs, the ground vehicle of tomorrow, contenders for the US Army’s next handgun, how the Warrior Training Alliance has transformed soldier training, the future of minehunters and more.


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Under the ten-year Warfighter FOCUS contract to the Raytheon-led Warrior Training Alliance has brought together the three main training domains - live, virtual and constructive - in a collaborative approach to soldier training. We find out what the programme has achieved since 2008 and how it will shape the future of training.

The Pentagon has spoken out against further consolidation in the US weapons industry following Lockheed Martin's $9bn Sikorsky deal. We investigate concerns that the increased M&A trend among defence contractors and the resulting lack of competition could drive up costs and slow down innovation.

We also explore prominent technology trends in the developments of future ground vehicles, round up the potential contenders for the US Army's new handgun, ask how the threat posed by today's sea mines will impact on the requirements for mine-hunting and mine countermeasure equipment, and take a look at a new technology that could locate weapons of mass destruction from distance through their energy signature.

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In this issue

Mergers: The End of Innovation?
The Pentagon has warned against further consolidation amongst US defence companies following Lockheed Martin's $9bn grab for Sikorsky. With fewer competitors in the market, will acquisition competitions lose their innovative edge? Dr Gareth Evans reports.
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Sniffed Out: WMD Detection Tech
Methods to detect weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) have improved, but there is still no substitute for on-site inspections. This could be set to change with the advent of technologies capable of pinpointing WMDs at distance using their energy signature, as Claire Apthorp finds out.
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Changing Gear
What does the ground vehicle of tomorrow look like? If the direction of current development is any indication, they will increasingly utilise electric innovation throughout their architecture, as Claire Apthorp finds out.
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The Next Big Thing
As the US Army looks to replace the 9mm Beretta M9, Dr Gareth Evans explores the potential contenders for the next-generation handgun.
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Inside the Warrior Training Alliance
The Warrior Training Alliance puts a collaborative approach at the heart of soldier training. Claire Apthorp takes a look at the $11.2bn programme.
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The Hunt Continues
While the use of sea mines has declined steeply since WW2, rumours of significant arsenals held by China and Russia and advanced mines in development mean that a modern fleet of minehunters is still very relevant, as Dr Gareth finds out.
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A number of recent defence deals signed by India and the US have led some to speculate how an alignment of the two governments will affect India's relationship with Russia. We investigate whether the deals signal a change of alliance or are they merely a product of a very open and competitive defence industry?

Energy directed weapons in the high power micro and millimetre wave and lasers of various kinds have received growing attention as future weaponry for both airborne and ground missions. We look into the findings of a US Army workshop on these and other technologies that will shape the battlefield of 2050.

We also take a look at the findings of the UK's 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review, find out how the US Air Force and Green Dot are working together to prevent violence in the force, and ask the US Navy's Electric Ships Office how the use of electric power could improve operational flexibility.

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