Land Warfare magazine: squad-level load carriage, MBT modernisation and more
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What's inside this edition:
Making sure that their armoured vehicles are fit to face current and future threats is a constant challenge for armies.
OLD VS NEW
One of the most fundamental questions for any army looking to maintain combat readiness is whether to modernise its MBTs or acquire new vehicles. Far from belonging to a bygone era, recent developments suggest that these battle-proven platforms are still of utmost strategic importance.
Other features include:
LIGHTENING THE LOAD
Militaries across the globe are trialling both exoskeleton technology and UGVs as a solution to the problem of soldier load carriage. Shephard gives an overview of recent progress in this field.
THE MAKING OF AN ALLIANCE
The US has formed a close alliance with South Korea and is looking for ways to integrate its existing missile defence capabilities in order to better prepare for potential attacks on the Korean peninsula.
Having identified a gap in current counter-UAS solutions, the US DoD is now looking for new technologies to keep pace with the exponential growth of small UAS and asking industry to step forward.
Laser systems have long been a focus for militaries, offering a speed-of-light weapon that is potentially effective at long ranges, with virtually unlimited ‘ammunition’. But what threat do they truly pose for land forces, and how can those dangers be countered?
European joint programmes to acquire or develop ground vehicles made progress in 2020 and are set to continue moving forward in 2021. Although these state-to-state partnerships bring challenges, they also provide advantages to national armies.