Global Defence Technology: Issue 44 | October 2014

Recent geopolitical events triggered by Russia have led many European countries to think again about their military capabilities – that’s particularly true for those in Eastern Europe which were once allied to Russia through the Warsaw Pact. Now, as members of NATO, countries such as Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are modernising their land forces to respond to the new threat. We investigate procurement and modernisation strategies in the region.

For nearly 30 years the Humvee has been the workhorse of militaries across the globe, but after criticisms that it can no longer protect troops in combat, the US Army is planning to replace it. We take a look at the rise and fall of this icon and the new technology that could replace it. We also find out how BAE Systems’ Broadsword sets out to revolutionise soldier power technology and take a look at the first-of-its-kind fully robotic remote weapon station for utility helicopters.

Moreover, we find out how the US Navy’s new Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System is coming along and take a look at a new marine lookout and response system that promises to tackle piracy in a non-lethal way.

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In this issue

The Putin Effect
Recent geopolitical events triggered by Russia have led many Eastern European countries to reconsider their military capabilities. As Latvia, Lithuania and Poland modernise their land forces Grant Turnbull asks, can they afford it and is it enough?
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Replacing an Icon
The era of the Humvee is coming to an end as the US Army plans to replace it with a vehicle better suited for today’s combat situations. Grant Turnbull reviews the rise and fall of a military icon
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Power Up
BAE Systems’ Broadsword promises to revolutionise how soldiers are powered on the frontline using smart fabrics, data management and centralised battery packs. Grant Turnbull takes a closer look
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Instant Protection
Utility helicopters perform a vital role but they are often minimally armed so have to fly with an armed escort. Berenice Baker finds out how Duke Airborne Systems’ first-of-its-kind fully robotic remote weapon station for helicopters aims to change that.
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The Age of EMALS
The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) will replace the steam-driven catapults installed on US Navy aircraft carriers. Berenice Baker takes a look at the latest progress of the revolutionary technology.
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On the Lookout
More than half of all piracy and armed robbery attacks at sea succeed because of human failure in lookout and threat response. Simon Williams reports on a new technology which moves the task from the ship to a controlled environment on land.
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Next issue preview

Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated an alternative warhead for its guided multiple launch rocket system designed to deliver the same effect as cluster munitions but without the lingering danger of unexploded ordnance. We find out whether this alternative really is a humanitarian option.

We also take a look at innovative armour ideas for all parts of the body, and explore the British Army’s contribution to the Bloodhound supersonic car project.

Moreover, we look into suggestions that commercial airliners flying over conflict zones should be fitted with missile defence equipment, and ask whether navies should scrap high-tech multirole ships, such as the Royal Navy’s Type 45, in favour of purchasing cheaper alternatives in larger numbers.

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