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Issue 127 • September 2021

The US Army is on its third attempt to replace its 3,800 M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, having started its search in 2018. Now redesignated the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle programme, we look into its current status and examine the Rheinmetall-led Team Lynx’s candidate in more detail.

Explosive method of entry is a way of using a explosives to gain access to a building through a locked door, but current technology can take several attempts, either blasting holes through the door or taking a chunk of masonry with it. We look at a solution developed by Dstl and licenced to Energetics Technology via Ploughshare Innovations that aims to make the operation safer and more effective.

The UK’s Future Combat Air System has been under development since 2018. As the programme enters the concept and assessment phase, we find out how the Team Tempest partners are working together to develop a range of digital concepts and embed new tools and techniques to design, evaluate and shape the final design and capability requirements.

Elsewhere in this issue we look at how Viasat and Sea Machines are collaborating to develop reliable satellite connectivity for autonomous vessels, and DSEI senior defence advisor Air Vice Marshal (ret.) Gary Waterfall shares his tips on how to make the most of the event. 

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Berenice Healey, editor