UAV Insect Repellent

The Black Hornet
With technology getting ever smaller while needs increase are two phenomenon that are found in almost all walks of life. This trend is particularly apparent in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) domain. The definition of a micro UAV remains moveable. In comparison to the larger...

Cities in Conflict

MOUT scenarios
One could argue that the strategic importance of cities in a conflict is not a new concept. Historically, cities were used for protection by the population that lived within their walls, while fighting took place outside the city walls, or on its ramparts. Once...

Smart Logistics

Iveco’s LMV
Military tactical vehicles have for the most part remained similar to their commercial cousins since their introduction during the First World War. In most armies they were often exactly like the commercial versions though painted in green or sand colours with some military ‘options’. This...

How Not To Be Seen

camouflage designs
Modern armed forces must adopt a mix of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), standard operating procedures (SOPs) and technology in order to successfully execute missions across a varied Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). Traditionally, camouflage was designed to protect soldiers from being identified by the naked...

The Human League

The US DoD’s modular handgun system
Finally, it appears armed forces worldwide are now beginning to pay particular attention to human factors associated with modern soldier systems, with widespread acknowledgement regarding optimised ergonomic fit as well as how best to prepare soldiers for specific missions. According to Lieutenant Colonel John Vest...

L3 WESCAM Awarded $49 Million ID/IQ Contract

BURLINGTON, Canada, August 23, 2017 – L3 WESCAM announced today that it has recently been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract worth up to $49 million from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) for its MX™-10MS electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging...

Power Politics

MC4 handheld device
The modern soldier market continues to see particular emphasis placed on reduction in the Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) of batteries in order to reduce the burden on the dismounted soldier, while maximising the electricity available to power their needs. The SETAF (Soldier Equipment Technology...

Gettin’ Around

Nimr’s Ajban Special Operations Vehicle
With the contemporary environment continuing to demand high mobility over long ranges for armed forces, requirements continue to be satisfied with emerging technologies based around Internally Transportable Vehicles (ITVs). ITVs should be capable of being stowed internally onboard a heavylift rotorcraft such as a Boeing...

Special Effects

Polish soldier from the GROM unit
The contemporary operating environment remains an extremely busy one for international Special Operations Forces (SOF), as governments continue to recognise and further extend their specialist capabilities and force multiplying effects. Ongoing Counter-Insurgency (COIN) operations continue to dominate the headlines, whether they be occurring in Africa,...

Hitting Where It Hurts

ACE assault rifles
With the advancement in equipment and technology associated with “Near Peer” states including Russia, NATO members and other allied nations are becoming increasingly concerned with regards to being overmatched. According to Lieutenant Colonel Iain Moodie of the dismounted close combat capability directorate at the UK’s...

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The Generation Game

On April 27, 2016 the latest example of Russia’s fifth-generation fighter, the Sukhoi Company T-50-6-2, performed its maiden flight. This test aircraft, described by...

Tanked Up

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Preparing For Battle

Alongside their reliance on ever-improving technology, individual soldiers need to be trained in an environment where the vast majority of the fighting takes place...

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