Global Defence Technology Issue 58

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Afghanistan’s defence spending will increase significantly as the country sets out to completely overhaul its national infrastructure and defence industry. We find out which challenges the country has to overcome in the process of reconstruction and building up domestic manufacturing capability.

We also take a look at GE and Pratt & Whitney’s work on the first adaptive jet engine for the US Air Force, check in on the progress of the US XS-1B space plane project as Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems move ahead with their designs, and find out how Norway is planning to cut costs through international cooperation on its next-generation submarine programme.

Plus, we explore the latest smart energy innovations for military bases and soldier systems, and find out how researchers are tackling the problem of motion sickness in drone operators by applying findings from the field of virtual reality.

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In this issue

Starting Over
Afghanistan’s defence spending is set to increase significantly as the country sets out to completely overhaul its national infrastructure and defence industry. Simon Williams and Nicholas Dale discuss the country’s future military strategy.
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Smart Tech Put to the Test
As armed forces continue to increase their reliance on power-hungry platforms and equipment, energy supply has become a concern. Claire Apthorp takes a look at smart power solutions for bases and soldiers being developed to tackle the problem.
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Keep Your Head
Motion sickness has long been a problem for military personnel and it is getting worse as simulator-based training becomes the norm. Claire Apthorp finds out how research from the field of virtual reality is helping to settle stomachs.
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Speed and Efficiency
Progress of the US Air Force’s adaptive engine programme could put an end to trade-offs between speed and range. Dr Gareth Evans explores the latest developments on the road to sixth-generation propulsion.
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The New Space Age
As Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems continue developing concepts for DARPA’s XS-1 experimental space plane, Dr Gareth Evans finds out how the new design could make space missions faster and cheaper.
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Sharing the Burden
As Norway seeks to team up with international partners for the development of its next submarine, Dr Gareth Evans explores the benefits and challenges of a collaborative approach to procurement.
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Next issue preview

US officials have summoned Toyota to explain how hundreds of new Toyota trucks have fallen into the hands of ISIS. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; the group has also captured thousands of armoured vehicles and machine guns and even main battle tanks that were given to the Iraqi military. We investigate who is taking responsibility for tracing the lost equipment
and putting it back into the right hands.

We also take a look at a new frontline hospital being built for the UK MoD as part of Future Force 2020, and find out how Global Hawk has become one of the most successful military drones and how its use will be extended in the future. Plus, we look into the US Navy’s plan to reinstate celestial navigation in a bid to thwart hackers, and hear from BT Global Services about the technologies being adopted by armed forces to keep troops connected.

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