Norbert Neumann is the senior defence writer for Global Defence Technology and its sister websites. He joined after acquiring a degree in journalism and spending a short period with Times Radio's news team.
Some of the most modern defence equipment relies on parts made of rare earth elements. The majority of the planet’s reserves, however, is found in China, making the US and other nations heavily dependent on imports. Norbert Neumann looks at the importance of rare earths and ways the US is trying to weaken reliance on Chinese imports.
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In this issue: Australia’s Land 125 phase 4 integrated soldier system, the technology supporting dismounted combat, Russia’s Ratnik soldier system, defence industry 2022 predictions, land vehicle electrification and more.
The number of PLAN battleships is projected to reach 400 by the middle of this decade and the force is already constructing its third aircraft carrier. We explore what Indo-Pacific countries do to combat the emerging threat.