Mick Sutton

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UAE Forces Buy Ground Tactical DatalinkDefenceTalk.com | at DefenceTalk

Tactical Communications Group (TCG), the leading independent supplier of Tactical Data Link (TDL) solutions, announced a contract award to provide …

Airbus Zephyr 7 UAV Flies 11-day MissionDefenceTalk.com | at DefenceTalk

Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the Zephyr 7 High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) has just completed its most demanding mission to date …

Aviation

Boeing Gets $9M More to Develop Phantom Swift X-Plane

Boeing received a $9 million contract from DARPA to continue developing its Phantom Swift X-Plane, an experimental future vertical lift platform.<p>The …

How national service transformed a generation of British men

Richard Vinen, author of a new book on national service, explains how conscription changed the lives of thousands of British men, but in unexpected ways<p>"I went in a boy and came out a man, but not a very nice man." Thus one former soldier summed up his experience of national service, the two years …

Soldiers to wear solar panels

Thanks to fully flexible plastic ‘SLIVER’ solar cells developed at the Australian National University’s Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, ADF …

Marching together makes soldiers fearless, study finds

Marching makes groups more cohesive and helps them feel safe in the face of adversity<p>Marching can have the psychological effect of making soldiers more fearless, a study has shown.<p>Volunteers were less physically intimidated by a threatening ''criminal'' when they paired up and walked in step, …

Royal Navy drugs bust in Caribbean

After receiving information that a suspicious-looking vessel had been spotted by a maritime patrol aircraft, HMS Argyll, which is on …

Strength increasing exoskeletons to be tested by US Navy

The US Navy will test two metal exoskeletons which could help its ship maintenance crews to hold heavy tools without getting tired<p>Lockheed Martin, the company that designs a lightweight, unpowered exoskeleton have been awarded a contract to test the product with the <b>US</b> Navy according to reports.<p>The …

Lancaster and Vulcan bombers fly over new WW2 memorial site

Lancaster bombers marked a turf cutting ceremony in Lincolnshire taking place for a new Second World War memorial centre to tell the stories of those involved in the conflict<p>A flypast by the last two airworthy Lancasters and the last flying Vulcan bomber took place in Lincolnshire.<p>The event was to …

Britain must talk to dictator Assad to defeat Isil, says former head of the Army

General Lord Dannatt, former head of British Army, says West must co-operate with Syrian dictator to defeat Isil<p><b>» Live updates on the Iraq crisis «</b><p>Britain must co-operate with President Assad, the Syrian dictator, in order to confront Isil, the former head of the Army has said.<p>General Lord Dannatt, …

Lithium Sulfur Batteries A Step Closer for UK ForcesDefenceTalk.com | at DefenceTalk

The next generation battery technology company, OXIS Energy Ltd, has delivered the third phase of a research program to improve its Lithium Sulfur …

A Day in the Life of Taranis

BAE Wants to Make Airplanes With Skin That Feels Its Surroundings

BAE's had another mad brainstorming session, this time developing the concept of a "smart skin" for airplanes to help them "feel" their surroundings …

Defence budget must rise, says ex-RAF chief

Writing in Thursday's Telegraph, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon calls for an immediate increase in defence spending<p>Britain has only half the number of combat-ready air squadrons as France and must increase defence spending “immediately” to send a clear signal to our opponents, the former …

British Falklands warship towed away for scrap

The British warship on which Argentina formally surrendered the island of South Georgia during the 1982 Falklands War began its final journey on …

Army 2020 Protected Mobility Vehicle Conversion Contract

The title of the contract note is<p>Converting Protected Mobility Vehicles to Support A2020 Force Structures.<p>The details<p>Armoured military vehicles. …

4x4 Aviation and the VV Plane

Just when you think all the vertical lift innovation is happening elsewhere you find out about a British company called 4×4 Aviation.<p>Their concept is …

British Army field hospitals may help fight Ebola

The Army is looking at how it could repatriate any British victims and set up field hospitals in Africa<p>Britain's Armed Forces could help to set up field hospitals in Africa if the Ebola crisis worsens, the Defence Secretary said yesterday, as the World Health Organisation suggested that sufferers …

ST Kinetics Bronco New Generation

Some interesting new features, no doubt a result of analysis of the Warthog’s performance in Afghanistan<p>I like the way they approach helicopter …

Unmanned Anti Submarine Warfare

I know promotional videos tend to concentrate on the positives and completely ignore the negatives but this concept from <b>Leidos</b> (formely SAIC) looks …

Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

A team of Russian exoskeleton designers said Monday they were looking for disabled patients who would agree to volunteer for human tests in the …

Ground X-Vehicle Program Aims to Break The "More Armor" Paradigm

For the past 100 years of mechanized warfare, protection for ground-based armored fighting vehicles and their occupants has boiled down almost …

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers …

New ship for Royal Australian Navy undergoes sea trials

The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy is undergoing final builder sea trials, which includes testing of combat and communication …

Military

Pentagon researches 'more mobile' hi-tech tank

<b>The research arm of the US military is looking at designs for new hi-tech tanks, focusing less on armour and more on mobility and speed.</b><p>The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) says it wants to "revolutionise" tank design.<p>The body says advancements in weaponry in recent years have made …

Smarter ground robots partnering with SoldiersDefenceTalk.com | at DefenceTalk

“In the Army, we always say, ‘never send our Soldier into a fair fight.’ Each of you here,” from the robotics community, are “helping to make that …