International

August 2001
By Maryann Lawlor

System assures confidentiality on Internet protocol-based networks.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is strengthening its communications structure with a new standard Internet protocol encryption system that protects data, videoconferencing and some voice communications. The organization and its member nations will begin using the system later this year.

November 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

November 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

Bowman moves the British military closer to a fully digitized force.

The British government has launched its ambitious program to create a state-of-the-art tactical communications infrastructure for its military. When complete, the United Kingdom’s armed forces will have a secure radio system that operates a battlefield Internet jointly across multiple ground, air and sea platforms.

January 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

New acquisition system increases over sight, speeds project delivery.

The British government is employing streamlined procurement procedures that change the way military projects are bid, selected and deployed. Moving away from traditional single-platform and service-based methods, the process utilizes a flexible approach that meets changing national defense requirements.

March 2002
By Henry S. Kenyon

Polish research center aims to boost national technology industry, open new markets.

A cooperative venture among government, academic and commercial organizations is seeking to build an advanced research park in the heart of Poland. The Warsaw-based entity will serve as an incubator for small companies, provide established firms with access to research facilities and create a venue to turn the fruits of this labor into commercial products.

March 2002
By Lt. Col. Ilkka J. Korkiamaki, FDF

Emergency services communications approach presents alternative for military operations.

A globally adopted standard and technology developed for public safety organizations could support multinational military operations by providing international interoperability. The high-level commercial technology product offers various data applications that meet the communications needs of international peace support operations.

October 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

 

The Thales Battlespace Transformation Center, known as the Battlelab, is a virtual entity that combines the company’s research and analysis facilities to develop new programs. Its advanced modeling and simulation capability allows customers, such as the French army, to test new technologies and operational concepts like these prototype network-centric combat vehicles.

December 2002
By James C. Bussert

Lateral moves supplant great leaps forward.

The types of sonars equipping Chinese warships are a barometer of Chinese naval technology and antisubmarine capability. The evolution of Chinese sonar from old Soviet equipment to series production, to indigenous designs, to French examples and finally to modern Russian vessels with sonar suites parallels Chinese naval progress. Just as these systems have grown from secondhand gear to indigenous designs supplemented by up-to-date foreign technologies, so has the Chinese navy transitioned to a force designed to serve the nation’s maritime needs.

August 2004
By James C. Bussert

 
Two Chinese Project 052B ships near completion in Shanghai. Note the Russian surface-to-air missile launcher aft and the three-dimensional radar forward. China is incorporating new foreign-designed technologies as its navy expands its mission. Photography by Kanawa.
Which begs the question, Can it maintain them?

August 2004
By Adam Baddeley

 
Australian troops currently are deployed in southwest Asia in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The Australian Defence Force is developing the JP2072 Battlespace Communications System that will improve interoperability with systems from other countries during coalition operations. 
Programs merge to create system that supports coalition operations.

July 2004
By Adam Baddeley

 
Military and civil organizations such as the police departments that use the Terrestrial Trunked Radio, or TETRA, will use the Finnish Software Radio Program (FSRP) radio to bridge their different networks to support domestic operations, including disaster relief.
Unique circumstances lead to differing requirements for the nordic neutral.

September 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

NATO restructures to keep up with U.S. military transformation.

The international community is pulling up alongside the U.S. armed forces in transformation efforts that will increase speed, agility and efficiency to defeat today’s global threats. With a new command structure in place, NATO now moves on to the business of getting the doctrinal, educational and training processes into place so it is aligned with future U.S. concepts of operations and can better address the need for a more proactive approach.

December 2003
By James C. Bussert

 

Ming-class submarine 361, shown here in Shanghai in 1995, was towed to port in April 2003 after the entire crew of 70 was killed in an accident during fleet exercises. China's ambitious effort to develop an effective submarine fleet has been hampered by a range of difficulties. 

November 2003
By Adam Baddeley

Warfighters to become tactical platforms on battlefield.

Planners for the Israel Defense Forces have directed their infantry systems development program to focus on the growing challenges of urban warfare. The country’s future combat soldier program is delivering both technological and conceptual solutions to provide advanced communications, navigation and lethality in an integrated package to the infantry.

November 2003
By Henry S. Kenyon

Firms leverage design, production expertise for a new generation of platforms.

A number of advanced unmanned aircraft systems are poised to enter service with military forces across Europe. This is the result of a continentwide investment in robotic aerial vehicles representing advances in current vehicles and new platforms. The aircraft all share a modular design approach for rapid mission customization and versatility.

February 2004
By Adam Baddeley

 

Signature management technologies have been used to develop the Saab Warrior from its inception. While the combat attire will be worn in moderate temperatures, the equipment also must be able to withstand temperatures close to 50 degrees below zero in Sweden's Arctic North region.

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