At the end of last year British troops tested a range of new robotic and unmanned technologies, including surveillance drones and ground robots, during the first Autonomous Warrior exercise. We take a look at some of the prototypes that were trialled for future combat use.

We speak to the developers of the US Army’s new body armour to find out what improved functions it offers, take a look at a real-life Iron Man suit in action on a Royal Marines training course, and find out about potential applications of quantum sensing in the military.

Plus, we speak to Leonardo about its infrared search and track technology for fighter aircraft, explore the US DoD's plan to create directed-energy systems for space-based missile defence, and find out about Polaris Consulting’s Ants On Deck routing algorithm for autonomous surface vehicles.

Susanne Hauner, editor