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Ramesh yada

MILVEHCOE Opening establishes new Australian sovereign Military Vehicle Capability

Rheinmetall is pleased to confirm the opening of its Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Redbank, Queensland, Australia and the establish-ment of a new national sovereign military vehicle capability that enables the design, development and local manufacture of military vehicles, platforms and turrets for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and export to like-minded nations.

Equipped for battle

The dismounted soldier system (DSS) is one of the most important sets of equipment for the modern infantryman. As innovation in this area proceeds apace, the project team at the Bundeswehr gives Andrew Barnett insight into the development of Germany’s next-generation DSS, the Infanterist der Zukunft, or ‘Infantryman of the future’.

The war online

Following the lead of France, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has set up a new unit within the British Army to carry out both defensive and offensive cyber operations. Ewan Lawson, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and Arthur Laudrain, a consultant for cyber, space and future conflicts at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, tell Ross Davies what hybrid warfare looks like for both countries.

Under the HUD

Head-up displays (HUDs) have revolutionised the way pilots operate, enabling quicker decisions and distinct tactical advantages in combat. Constantly evolving, the technology will play an essential role in the next generation of fighter jets. Irenie Forshaw investigates the latest HUD developments and what may be in store for the cockpits of the future.

Supplied and unmanned

From horse-drawn carts to flatbed trucks, armies have always hunted for ways to sharpen their logistics – with new aerial technologies offering tantalising solutions. Andrea Valentino talks to William Marshall, an assistant vice-president at the New Jersey Innovation Institute, and Lieutenant Colonel Jakob Valstad, chief of operations at the Movement Coordination Centre Europe, about how militaries are experimenting with resupply drones, and whether unmanned machines really are the best way to keep troops watered and fed.

On course for conflict

While the crisis sparked by the assassination of its leading commander Qasem Soleimani by the US ended in a face-saving – and non-lethal – missile strike on US bases in Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran still feels diplomatically isolated by President Trump’s sanctions. Tony Dee asks Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, and Dr Sanam Vakil, who holds the same role at Chatham House, how allied nations should defend against an opportunistic power with an increasingly dissatisfied populace and a growing list of grievances.

No man’s land

Armoured vehicles have remained vital assets for every self-respecting army for over a century. Amid growing interest in land-based drones, however, the days of the tank crew seem numbered. Andrea Valentino speaks to Captain J Evan Inglett at the US Marine Corps Warfighting Lab and Lieutenant Colonel Sten Allik of the Estonian Defence Forces about how unmanned robots are transforming the battlefield, and what that means for the human soldiers left behind.

A real heavy hitter

In November 2019, the UK Ministry of Defence announced a new multi-billion-pound order for the Boxer, an armoured infantry transport. It may be modular by design and easy to operate, but is it good value for money? Ross Davies investigates by talking to Ben Barry, senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about the addition of this new asset to the British Army’s ranks.