Issue 34

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.

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In this issue

Global Defence Technology Awards 2013
Ones to Watch

To recognise outstanding achievements in defence technology and innovation and we are proud to announce the inaugural GDT / SDI Awards.
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Special Report
Bio-Inspired Robots

Most 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.
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The Future is Armoured

The 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.
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Front Line A&E
Breakthroughs 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.
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Air Force
Lightning Strikes

From 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.
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When Drones go Rogue
Small 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.
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The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea

Naval 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.
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Anti-Pirate Launcher
BCB 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.
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Next Issue

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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