Global Defence Technology: Issue 40 | June 2014

As in many other areas of defence procurement, UK MOD is taking a ‘re-use and recycle’ approach to the country’s helicopter fleet, with a £330m project underway to convert and upgrade 25 RAF Merlin helicopters for maritime use by the Royal Navy. We take a look at the fleet’s new capabilities and future roles.

We also check in on the latest progress of Boeing’s Phantom Eye project and potential markets for the HALE UAV, find out how training villages are bringing realistically simulated combat scenarios from around the world to British training grounds and profile the world’s top infantry fighting vehicles.

Moreover, we find out more about the US Government’s massive cross-departmental project researching new breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury and ask how the US Marine Corps is re-focusing on its core mission and preparing for new roles post-Afghanistan.

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Treating Trauma
In an unprecedented cross-departmental collaboration, the US Government is investing $107m to research the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury. Berenice Baker takes a look at the project
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Tanks on the Doorstep
Since the First World War, the UK Ministry of Defence has setup a number of villages to realistically simulate potential and current theatres of combat, from Germany to Afghanistan. Berenice Baker learns more
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Power and Protection
Infantry fighting vehicles are a vital asset in times of asymmetrical warfare and urban combat, balancing mobility with protection and firepower. We take a look at the best
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Merlin’s Makeover
With a £330m project underway to convert 25 RAF AW101 Merlin helicopters for maritime use by the Royal Navy, Berenice Baker examines the upgrades and new capabilities
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Ready for a New Era
Boeing’s high altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle recently took a crucial step closer to becoming reality when it gained ‘experimental’ status from the US Air Force. Dr Gareth Evans reports
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A New Chapter
With operations in Afghanistan drawing down, the US Marine Corps is once again concentrating on its core mission as a sea-based expeditionary force. Grant Turnbull finds out about new equipment and roles in the light of ongoing budget cuts
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Next issue preview

Brazil is investing heavily in defence upgrades to protect its natural resources and guard its borders against drug trafficking. We find out how the country is growing into a new role as technologically adept and alert regional leader. We also take a look at the latest non-lethal weapons, explore the capabilities of the major close-in weapon systems in development and profile the world’s fastest military aircraft.

We also investigate how the various world militaries control the military satellite launch market and ask where a lack of future mega defence projects will leave UK manufacturers once the F-35 and Queen Elizabeth class carrier programmes are completed.

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