Global Defence Technology is back for another issue packed with industry news and analysis . In this issue , we find out how the US is trying to stay ahead of China and Russia in electronic warfare , check out the latest developments in small arms , and more .
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The US Army has briefed industry on its upcoming electronic warfare program and is now asking for feedback . The Terrestrial Layer System ( TLS ) is an integrated EW and signals intelligence system for ground use that the army decided to pursue instead of the old Multi – Functional Electronic Warfare Ground and Dismounted system . We find out more about the project .
We also look into technologies that could replace traditional military radios in the field , report on the latest developments in rifle technology from the EnforceTac exhibition , and visit a rare firepower demonstration organised by the South African National Defence Force .
Plus , we take a look at new solutions being developed to neutralise small drone threats , speak to the British Armed Forces ’ first female three – star commander about her work in the Raf , and find out more about the UK MOD ’ s plans for a new class of Future Littoral Strike Ship .
In this issue
How the US Army plans to stay ahead of the electronic warfare game
In an attempt to upgrade its existing electronic warfare ( EW ) and cyberwarfare capabilities , the US Army is developing a new integrated EW and signals intelligence system to replace the existing MFEW system . Talal Husseini asks what new capabilities the army is looking for and which companies are supporting the project . Read the article.
The next frontier of military communications
Communication technology is evolving rapidly , changing the way military forces communicate but also creating new threats . Andrew Tunnicliffe explores new developments in military communications networks and technology . Read the article.
Future military rifles: alternative small arms technologies
For decades , soldiers all over the world have relied on rifles that fire NATO standard 5 . 56mm or 7 . 62mm ammunition . Recent conflicts , however , have highlighted inherent limitations and spurred the development of alternatives that can meet emerging requirements . Grant Turnbull finds out what ’ s next in small arms technology . Read the article.
The South African Army’s firepower on display
We recently travelled to South Africa to witness a rare firepower demonstration organised by the South African National Defence Force and domestic ammunition specialist Rheinmetall Denel Munition . Grant Turnbull rounds up highlights from the event and insights into the South African Army ’ s future . Read the article.
How to stop malicious drones
The UK ’ s Defence and Security Accelerator has issued a call for solutions to find and neutralise small UAVs – an issue which , in light of the recent drone attacks on London ’ s airports , was one of the key topics at the Security and Counter Terror Expo 2019 . Talal Husseini asks , what threats do small drones pose and how can malicious attacks be stopped ? Read the article.
High-flying woman: Q&A with the RAF’s first female Air Marshal
Royal Air Force ( Raf ) engineer Sue Gray was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal in February , making her a three – star commander and the most senior female military officer in the British Armed Forces . Berenice Baker talks to Gray about her career in the Raf and the importance of inspiring girls and young women into engineering careers . Read our Q&A here.
NATO’s most senior military women
Inspired by Raf Air Marshal sue Gray becoming the first female three – star General in the UK Armed Forces , we took a look at the most senior women in the military forces of NATO countries and their careers . Check out their profiles here.
Future Littoral Strike Ship: regaining the Royal Navy’s global reach
Earlier this year the UK announced the accelerated development of a new Future Littoral Strike Ship concept for the Royal Navy , a globally deployable class of ships capable of operations from crisis support to full – on combat . Grant Turnbull finds out whether the MOD can afford the new ships and what capabilities are being replicated from other countries ’ experience of deploying such vessels . Read the article.
Next issue preview
Additive manufacturing is evolving rapidly and many major militaries and many defence equipment companies are now exploring their options with the technology . We explore the market potential for 3D printing in defence and aerospace manufacturing and some of the key projects already in development .
Also in the next issue , we take a look at Poland ’ s massive defence modernisation plan , check out the UK MOD ’ s latest £ 66m project to fast – track military robotic projects to the frontline , and speak to Skylark Labs about its real – time drone surveillance tech for homeland security applications .
Plus , we speak to Airbus about its involvement in the brand new Space Hub at this year ’ s DSEI , find out about the capabilities of Boeing ’ s Orca extra – large UUV in development for the US Navy , and take a look at the aircraft used in the Berlin Blockade to mark the 70th anniversary of its end .
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