War Without End?

Textron
In January 2015, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) transitioned to a non-combat support role to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIROA) following more than a decade of combat operations against the Taliban and other insurgent groups. US-led combat operations in...

Digital Gunfire

M-777A2
Like many areas of warfare, digitisation is changing the way fire control of artillery is performed. Guns are becoming more responsive and arguably less reliant on a complex supporting network of observers and headquarters. Computation has played a key role in the use of artillery...

The Great Escape

The USAF’s HH-60G Pave Hawk CSAR helicopter
Although still considered a niche capability, Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) is being employed by a growing number of armed forces worldwide, who recognise the importance that such an asset can play in getting their personnel out of danger when things go wrong. CSAR traces...

Loaded

Lockheed Martin Squad Mission Support System
Generally associated with soldier modernisation and future technology programmes, efforts to reduce the burden on Dismounted Close Combat (DCC) personnel continue to proliferate globally, with a number of companies and armed forces engaged in such efforts. That said, while reducing the burden on DCC personnel...

Will The Bomber Always Get Through?

B-83 training round
“Ain’t a hope in hell, nothin’ gonna bring us down,” wrote Lemmy, the late lead vocalist of veteran heavy rock band Motorhead, for their December 1979 single Bomber. Lemmy’s confidence in aircraft invulnerability can only be realised through design and technology. In October 2015, Northrop...

Power Politics

SPM-622 in the field
Combining two or more energy sources, hybrid power systems are increasingly seen as the most efficient way of providing dismounted soldiers with the energy they need to operate their electronic equipment away from established power sources, for increasingly longer periods. For forward operating bases...

Dangers of the Deep

Double Eagle Mk.II/III ROV family
Easy to deploy and cheap to acquire, maritime mines and underwater explosives pose a real threat to navies and commercial shipping by reducing freedom of movement in shallow waters and strategic choke points. The capability to detect, locate, classify and neutralise these weapons remains...

Decision Time

Boeing’s new AH-64E Guardian
The decision to discard the Airbus Helicopters/Eurocopter EC-665 Tiger-ARH (Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter) gunship announced in the Australian government’s Defence White Paper this February has left questions about the future of rotary attack in the country’s arsenal. The EC-665ARH attack helicopter programme can be seen as...

Moby Dick or Red October?

Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders
In the long history of human seafaring, our species has found ways of harnessing the energy from the environment and eking out meagre on-board stores to achieve increasingly amazing feats of endurance, sometimes with tragic costs. For most of that time the vital seafaring technology...

Weight Watchers

US Navy
Whether operating as a member of a mounted or dismounted special forces squad, the paradigm of maximum mobility, protection, lethality and connectivity remains a holistic solution which continues to evade even the most mature of armed forces around the world. The ability to equip Dismounted...

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