FV432 vehicles with identical visual colour and differing coatings

MASTering defence - UK work to improve defence

Team MAST has been delivering the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) low to medium maturity materials and structures research since November 2007. This article presents case studies from that work - coatings to lower solar heat absorption, self healing of fibre-reinforced polymer composites and integrated damage resistance in composite structures.
Showing (top) a vehicle in the visible spectrum, conventional optical camouflage and (bottom) the same vehicle in the IR spectrum. The warm motor, transmission and exhaust pipe are clearly visible. © Saab Barracuda

Suited to defence - nanotech protection against chemical warfare

Warfare is moving to the nanoscale to defend soldiers against modern chemical and biological weapons. This article describes Swedish developments.
Measured Gain Pattern versus RTCA standard for airborne GPS antennas

Spies like us - communication and surveillance equipment

Describing improvements to antennas for surveilence through new materials developments.
Cross-section of a typical small arms protective insert (a ceramic-composite armour)

Aussie armour - Australian defence research

This article focuses on the work of Australian Defence Apparel and the requirements for future armour systems.