Certifiable Predator B: a new generation sharpens its claws
Following the news that the UK has ordered a fleet of the new Certifiable Predator B remotely piloted aircraft from the US in a deal worth $1bn, Claire Apthorp took a look at the new technology.
Global Defence Technology: Issue 73
In this issue: The UK’s laser weapons project, US defence under Trump, industry trends for the year ahead, the challenges of maintaining effective land forces, new energy ideas for operating bases, a lesson in air readiness with NATO, and more.
February's top stories: MBDA wins £146m UK MoD contract, Northrop, BAE withdraw joint bid
MBDA wins £146m UK MoD contract, and Northrop and BAE withdraw joint bid for USAF's $16bn T-X trainer programme. Airforce-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from February 2017.
A lesson in air readiness with NATO
To show just how ready NATO is to deploy its counter threat capability, the organisation recently packed up its entire Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) moving it via air, land and sea from Poggio Renatico, Italy, to Sardinia, 600km south of the DACCC’s home base. Claire Apthorp finds out how the move went and why the exercise is so important to maintaining NATO’s readiness.
The unmanned wingman: high-speed drones to support fighter aircraft
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has secured a contract to explore the use of high-speed drones to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft. Simply put such an unprecedented capability would provide fighter jets with a wingman capable of advanced tactical manoeuvrability. Claire Apthorp takes a look at what’s planned.