With Challenger 2, Warrior 2, JLTV, Boxer and AJAX, the British Army is slowly upgrading its land fleet. We explore how the major vehicle programmes in development will reshape UK land power.

Over the next 20 years, optionally crewed and remotely piloted aircraft will play an increasingly important role for air defence. We examine how this will shape the future role of the pilot, what new roles it will create and what this means for fitness requirements and recruitment.

Also in this issue, we get views from GLOBSEC 2020 conference speakers about the need to reassess strategic autonomy in Europe, and hear from IFS how the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation for many defence organisations.

Plus, we speak to games company Improbable about its military synthetic training environment, which has been chosen by the British Army, and find out how Raytheon aims to facilitate remote maintenance of military systems with its VirtualWorx platform.

Susanne Hauner, editor