Using biology as the basis for new technologies is not a new idea in defence research but applying the idea to robotics could see the shape of military robots change forever. In the latest issue of Global Defence Technology we report on the roll-call of devices that have been inspired by the world of nature.
Also, we announce the inaugural GDT / SDI awards, profile ground breaking armoured vehicle technologies, investigate the breakthroughs in military training and standards that has improved the standard of care for critically injured soldiers on the front line, and we weigh up the pros and cons of the F-35 programme and ask is it good for Britain?
Moreover, we learn how Plextek’s new ground surveillance radar could help detect small UAVs, take a look at how mine countermeasure (MCM) Systems have evolved and profile BCB International’s non-lethal launcher, which aims to stop pirates in their tracks.
In this issue
Global Defence Technology Awards 2013Ones to WatchTo recognise outstanding achievements in defence technology and innovation and we are proud to announce the inaugural GDT / SDI Awards.Click here to read the full article.
Special ReportBio-Inspired RobotsMost military robots draw on mechanical models as a means of locomotion but whole new groups of robotic agents are now evolving, inspired by the world of nature.Click here to read the full article.
ArmyThe Future is ArmouredThe variety of models currently out of tender demonstrates a lack of consensus on future vehicle designs. We look at the areas where agreement is growing.Click here to read the full article.
Front Line A&EBreakthroughs in military training and treatment are bringing hospital standards of care to the front line. Global Defence Technology considers the importance of improving the outlook for critically injured soldiers during the vital first hour and beyond.Click here to read the full article.
Air ForceLightning StrikesFrom its joint strike fighter origins, the F-35 programme has been plagued by technical hitches, delays and cancellations. We ask whether the UK can get its money’s worth.Click here to read the full article.
When Drones go RogueSmall unmanned vehicles (UAVs) are cheap, readily available and difficult to detect, meaning enemy forces could use them to gather intelligence. Global Defence Technology learns how Plextek’s new ground surveillance radar could help.Click here to read the full article.
NavyThe Devil in the Deep Blue SeaNaval mines still pose a significant threat to civilian shipping, fishing and military fleets. We investigate how mine countermeasure (MCM) Systems and the autonomous or remote controlled vessels that carry them are evolving rapidly.Click here to read the full article.
Anti-Pirate LauncherBCB International has showcased a non-lethal launcher to tackle piracy. We look at how this Moby Dick-inspired weapon can stop pirates in their tracks.Click here to read the full article.
The 24/7 nature of modern operations puts unprecedented demand on the vigilance and alertness of service. We find out how cognitive science is being used to fight fatigue during sustained round-the-clock missions. We also explore the challenges military medical personnel is faced with in responding to a humanitarian emergency.
Moreover, we take a look at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works’ designs for the SR-72 hypersonic spy plane, profile the ten most advanced fighter jets currently in development and operation around the world, talk to QinetiQ about submarine design and its work for Australia’s Future Submarine project, and take a look at BMT’s study into extending the lifespan of Australia’s entire surface fleet.
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