In this issue: Japan’s record defence budget, cybersecurity insights from Airbus, medical equipment for the frontline, saving fuel costs with digital tanker management, the UK’s shipbuilding renaissance and more.

Japan’s defence ministry is seeking a record budget of $48bn for 2018 in an effort to upgrade its missile defence capabilities in the face of growing threats by North Korea. We take a look at the major equipment projects that will benefit from the budget boost.

We also hear from Airbus Cyber Security about changing trends in malware and how companies and organisations can counter the threat to vital infrastructure, and we speak to some of the researchers and engineers honoured at the 2017 Women in Defence Awards.

Plus, we look at a new pre-hospital care system designed to save lives on the frontline, find out how the US Air Force is saving big on fuel costs with digital tanker management, and ask whether the UK’s shipbuilding industry is ready for a renaissance as set out in the government’s National Shipbuilding Strategy.

In this issue

Breaking Budget Records

Another record breaking Japanese defence budget has underlined the once passive nation’s urgency in creating a modern defence force, but will it be enough to address both North Korea’s missile capabilities and China’s maritime expansion? Dr Gareth Evans reports.

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Defence Tech’s Female Future

Women have served in the British Armed Forces for a century and behind the lines, female scientists and engineers have been developing battle-winning solutions for at least as long. Berenice Baker speaks to some of the women recognised at the Women in Defence UK Awards 2017.

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Sifting Strains

Hackers are deploying machine learning techniques to create malware that constantly changes to avoid detection, and future malware strains could even develop sentient properties. Claire Apthorp spoke to Airbus Cyber Security to find out more.

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Soldier En Route

Soldiers today have the best survival rates in the history of warfare, but, of those who don’t make it, 90% die before reaching hospital. Dr Gareth Evans finds out about the advances making the crucial difference en route to hospital.

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Pivotal: Saving Big on Fuel Costs

Last year the US Defense Innovation Unit Experimental partnered with Pivotal to work on a tanker refuelling system that is supposedly saving the Air Force $1m per day. Claire Apthorp spoke to Pivotal to find out more.

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A Shipbuilding Renaissance?

The UK Defence Secretary has promised a ‘renaissance’ in British maritime power. But with the budget heavily dented by new carriers and replacement for Trident, is the money there for investment in key areas? Dr Gareth Evans reports.

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Next issue preview

Innovation in UAV technology keeps racing ahead, with new concept emerging in a steady stream. We take a look the latest developments in unmanned aircraft, including am “adaptable” concept from BAE Systems and Cranfield University, and Martin UAV’s V-Bat, a vertical take-off and landing drone.

Also in the next issue, we explore the potential of 3D printing for military applications, find out how smart helmets with embedded sensors can help to prevent hearing loss, and take a look inside the UK’s space programme.

Plus, we ask what a potential merger of Fincantieri and Naval Group would mean for the shipbuilding sector in terms of business opportunities and global competition, and catch up with the US military’s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels at sea.

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