Global Defence Technology: Issue 66

In this issue: The potential of a joint European force, Singapore’s defence procurement, Oshkosh’s TerraMax technology, the US Combat Rescue Helicopter programme, evolution of the Gripen E, Archerfish mine-hunting drone and more.


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Singapore is offering a $1bn tender for multi-purpose military utility helicopters, the first of several lucrative deals lined up as part of a major modernisation programme. We find out how the country will spend its $11bn annual defence budget in a bid to maintain superiority in the region. 

Also in this issue, we round up the best of Farnborough Airshow, explore the possibility of a united European military force, and find out how Oshkosh’s TerraMax technology enables a tactical vehicle to be turned into a fully integrated autonomous system. We check in on the progress of the US Air Force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter programme to replace the ageing Pave Hawk fleet, and hear about a futuristic new concept for manufacturing military aircraft. 

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

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In this issue

Farnborough 2016
Our deputy editor Katie Woodward rounds up the biggest news, tech and stories from this year’s Farnborough Airshow.
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European Army: Stronger Together?
In the run up to the UK’s ‘Brexit’ referendum, stories began to emerge of secret plans in Brussels for a single European army that were intended only to be made public after the polls had closed on 23rd June. Dr Gareth Evans explores the possibility of a united European force.
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Singapore’s Strategy
In the midst of a navy and air force evolution, Singapore will be offering a $1bn tender for multi-purpose military utility helicopters to maintain air superiority in the region. Simon O. Williams, director of Tactique Services, reports.
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Cyber Insiders
Cyber warfare has claimed its rightful place among the better-established battle domains of land, sea, air and space, but the widening skills gap in this specialist field risks leaving military systems vulnerable. Berenice Baker finds out about the UK MOD’s new scheme to uncover talent in existing service personnel to prepare the next generation of cyber warriors.
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One Hand, Many Wheels
The Oshkosh TerraMax technology enables a traditional tactical vehicle to be turned into a fully integrated autonomous vehicle system. Claire Apthorp finds out more about the technology from John Beck.
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Grow Your Own Drones
Engineers and scientists at BAE Systems and the University of Glasgow have outlined their future concept for designing and manufacturing military aircraft. Katie Woodward reports.
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No Man Left Behind
An update from Sikorsky reveals that the $1.2bn programme to replace the US Air Force's ageing HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters is progressing well. Claire Apthorp finds out more about the final product and what it can do.
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Gripen E Unveiled
Saab has unveiled the Gripen E next-generation fighter, featuring an improved avionics system and the capability to carry more weapons. Claire Apthorp takes a look at the evolution of the fighter.
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Fishing for Mines
Sea mines may seem an archaic hangover from a largely forgotten era of naval warfare, but they remain a real and present danger. Dr Gareth Evans finds out more about how to deal with this unlikely threat.
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At the NATO summit in Warsaw NATO and the EU issued their first joint declaration on security cooperation, pledging to work together particularly in the fields of hybrid warfare and cyberwarfare, as well as joint maritime operations to prevent illegal migration. We take a closer look at these policy decisions and ask how they will shape the defence landscape in the near future.

We also investigate the lessons that can be learned from the Chilcot report, which looked into Britain’s reasons for invading Iraq, and hear from BT about the UK’s trial of a ‘smart’ command and control centre. Plus, we take a look inside the UK MOD’s £1.2bn Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, and find out from BMT which challenges lie ahead in the development of future maritime underwater capability.

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