Global Defence Technology: Issue 86

12 April 2018 (Last Updated April 12th, 2018 15:04)

In this issue: Training the Royal Marines for CBRN threats, inside the Sky Sabre missile defence system, contenders for the US Navy’s future Guided Missile Frigate, and more

Global Defence Technology: Issue 86

The UK’s Dstl has been working with the military on the country’s biggest chemical warfare exercise, Toxic Dagger. As events from Syria to Salisbury once again put the spotlight on the CBRN threat, we take a look inside the exercise to find out how militaries train for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks.

Also in this issue, we hear from telecoms provider BT how it is working with military customers to improve connectivity on bases, take a look at the UK’s new missile defence system, Sky Sabre, which will enter service in 2020, and examine the air capability goals set out in NATO’s new Joint Air Power Strategy.

Plus, we check out the contenders for the US Navy’s Future Guided Missile Frigate contract, and ask whether multinational ventures are the way forward for major equipment procurement programmes.

In this issue

Exercise Toxic Dagger: Training the UK military to mitigate CBRN threats

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory has been working with the Commando Royal Marines on the UK’s biggest annual chemical warfare exercise, Toxic Dagger. Julian Turner finds out how UK military personnel train for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks.

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Arming the UK’s military bases with seamless Wi-Fi 

British Telecom (BT) is working with the UK military to ‘help staff connect quickly, understand clearly and act decisively’ through access to real-time information on military bases. Julian Turner talks to Glen Ashby, sales director at BT Defence, about providing superior connectivity to the armed forces.

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Sky Sabre: inside the UK’s missile defence system

Described as ‘a truly integrated air defence system’, Sky Sabre is intended to enable British forces to identify and engage enemy targets at much greater distance than its predecessor. Dr Gareth Evans investigates how the system will work.

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Inside NATO’s Joint Air Power Strategy

In February, NATO Defence Ministers formally approved a Joint Air Power Strategy, marking the latest development in work that began during the 2014 Wales Summit, to give air defence the “longer-term consideration” then called for by the assembled national leaders. Dr Gareth Evans finds out what it contains.

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Contenders for the US Navy’s future Guided Missile Frigate show faith in proven designs

Design concept contracts for the US Navy’s next generation missile frigates have been awarded to five bidders. Claire Apthorp takes a look at the requirements and compares the bids so far.

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Are multinational ventures the way forward for major procurement projects?

Conventional thinking has long held that when it comes to major defence equipment projects, procurement begins at home. But could working across multinational lines bring rewards? Dr Gareth Evans finds out.

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Next issue

DARPA has developed a prototype unmanned submarine hunter which it claims could lead to an entirely new class of military vessels, autonomously patrolling the seas for months on end at a fraction of current costs. We find out what that means for submarine warfare as we know it.

Also in the next issue, we take a look inside Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of Orbital ATK and ask what it will mean for the defence market. We also speak to Hewlett Packard about the capabilities of its new supercomputers for the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and look at the latest innovations in military aircraft across all domains.

Plus, we ask whether Canada’s choice of ultra-light combat vehicles from Polaris Industries could set a trend in light options that other countries may follow, and check in on the latest developments in night vision technology.