Global Defence Technology: Issue 61

In this issue: India’s defence relationship with Russia and the US, the UK’s strategic shift, the future of directed energy weapons, improving connectivity at military bases, progress of the US Navy’s electrification programme, how the US Air Force is tackling violence, and more.


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From meeting the need to improve fuel economy and enhance operational flexibility to preparing for the power-hungry radar, communications and energy weapons systems of the future, the US Navy has plenty of reasons to push ahead with its electrification programme. We check in on the latest progress and find out what lies ahead.

The UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 marks a shift away from the austerity strategy of recent years as new threats have created a need for better equipped forces. We take a look at the MoD's spending priorities for the years ahead.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the latest development in directed energy weapons research, investigate what India's new deals with the US will mean for the country's long-standing defence partnership with Russia, and hear from BT about the importance of connectivity at military bases. Plus, we find out how US forces are helping personnel deal with violence and bullying through education and prevention initiatives.

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In this issue

Strong Partners in the East
Although disparate in many political-economic aspects, India and Russia share common security concerns in central Asia and worldwide, as evidenced by their long-standing cooperation on military equipment programmes. Simon Williams and Alex Flather report.
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A Strategic Shift
The UK's Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015 marks a move away from 2010's focus on austerity as the rise of IS, growing instability in the Middle East and Russian aggression in the Ukraine are prompting the government to invest in stronger, better equipped forces. Claire Apthorp takes a closer look at the proposed changes.
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Shields Up!
As the development of directed energy weapons moves ahead, how will the technology be applied and how soon will we see it deployed? Dr Gareth Evans reports on the future of laser weapons and forcefields.
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The Connected Force
In the information age it is vital that military bases have the right connectivity in place to access cloud, communication and collaboration services, writes Bill Holford, BT's vice president of global defence.
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Getting to Grips
The issue of bullying, violence and abuse in the armed forces has become an increasingly hot topic following a rise in reported incidents. Claire Apthorp finds out how forces are tackling the problem through education and prevention programmes.
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The Electric Fleet
Driven by the need to improve fuel economy, enhance operational flexibility and prepare for the power-hungry systems of the future, the US Navy has been pushing ahead with electrification. Dr Gareth Evans finds out more.
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The US defence budget for 2017 is taking a "long-term view", according to Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and seeks to address five evolving challenges in regions including Russia, China and the Middle East. We take a closer look at the Pentagon's defence spending priorities for the years ahead.

We also speak to Rheinmetall about the recent restructuring of its business and the newly launched vehicle systems division and find out how the US Army's joint precision airdrop system programme is researching alternatives to GPS-based location and its associated risks. Plus, we ask how the UK MoD's £1.1bn investment into the new Fixed Wing flying training system will modernise aircrew training, and check in on the US Navy's research into biofuels, which has led to the launch of the first aircraft carriers powered party by biofuel.

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