Global Defence Technology: Issue 65

In this issue: Project CameraShy and Chinese cyber espionage, Nordic defence cooperation, lightweight vehicle armour, SpaceX challenges the United Launch Alliance, overhauling the UK’s Type 45 destroyers and more


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Project CameraShy spent years investigating Chinese hacking groups and cyber espionage associated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. We find out more about the workings of the mysterious Unit 78020 and the implications of its recently published report.

We also look at the Nordic Defense Cooperation’s collaborative approach to defence procurement and ask whether it could become a model that can be replicated elsewhere, and round up innovative developments in lightweight vehicle armour.

Plus, we find out what SpaceX’s breakthrough victory over United Launch Alliance for a US Air Force national security satellite launch will mean for the future of the market, and we investigate the technological faults that have been plaguing the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and the UK’s plans to give the fleet an overhaul in 2019.

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In this issue

Inside Project CameraShy

A new intelligence report claims to have uncovered Chinese state-sponsored cyber attacks across South-East Asia. Julian Turner talks to Rich Barger of ThreatConnect about Project CameraShy and the fight for supremacy in the South China Sea.

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Collaboration on Europe’s New Frontline

Untroubled for decades, the Nordic nations are increasingly seeing themselves as sitting on Europe’s new frontline – a challenge which, as Dr Gareth Evans finds out, can only be solved with steadfast cooperation.

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Lightweight Protection

When it comes to ballistic protection, vehicle manufacturers experience the same problem as soldiers: the weight of armour. Claire Apthorp takes a look at developments underway to maintain the same level of protection at a lighter weight.

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Getting Fighting Fit

Despite regular fitness tests and training, increasing numbers of armed forces personnel are overweight and some are turning to extreme measures to achieve a healthy weight. Berenice Baker investigates the problem and potential solutions.

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The End of a Monopoly

In April, the United States Air Force awarded a launch contract to SpaceX, bringing an end to the monopoly enjoyed by United Launch Alliance for more than a decade. Dr Gareth Evans finds out what this means for the space race.

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Overhauling Type 45

The Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers have had their fair share of problems. With the fleet set to undergo an overhaul in 2019, Claire Apthorp takes a closer look at the faults afflicting the country’s most advanced warships.

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Next issue preview

Singapore is poised to select the winner of a $1bn tender for new utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals lined up as the country seeks to modernise its armed forces. We look at where the country will spend its $11bn annual defence budget.

Also, we explore the possibility of a united European force following news of secret plans for a single European army, look at Oshkosh’s TerraMax UGV tactical vehicle technology, and investigate the US Air Force’s plans to replace its rapidly ageing Pave Hawk helicopters.

Plus, we examine the evolution of Saab’s Gripen fighters following the unveiling of the company’s latest model, and investigate BAE Systems’ Archerfish mine-hunting drone, which can
be launched from ships, underwater vehicles and helicopters.

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