Advertising Deadline – 29th October 2018
Publication Date – 19th November 2018
Drone Training: Air, Land and Sea – A comprehensive look at current training programs for remotely piloted vehicles. Marty Kauchak tracks the insatiable appetite for unmanned air systems, together with train-as-you-fight challenges including more capable sensor pods and rules of engagement for avoiding collateral damage. Beth Stevenson explores the depths of unmanned vehicles for naval operations as well as ground robots from truck-size to bug-like swarms.
Exercise to Stay Fit – Militaries around the world rely on training exercises to test equipment, personnel and procedures.
• The Czech Republic recently hosted the international live-fly and live-firing exercise Ample Strike 2018 with more than 200 international participants from 17 Allies and Partner nations as well as 1,000 members of the Czech armed forces. MS&T’s Dim Jones embedded to observe the Forward Air Controller (FAC) or Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) drills.
• NATO conducts dozens of training exercises annually, from the massive Trident Juncture to the highly focused Cyber Coalition. Russia’s Vostock 2018 included 300,000 Russian soldiers, 36,000 military vehicles, 80 ships and 1,000 aircraft, helicopters and drones, plus 3,500 Chinese troops. India, Australia, South Korea and other nations stage such shock and awe games too. We highlight several of the events.
Blockchain for Defense and Training – Bitcoin and virtual currencies may be declining in popularity but the “distributed ledger” technology behind them is proving valuable for managing other data challenges, including training. Rick Adams investigates some early adopters.
Strap-On Training – Like the fighter aircraft it supports, autonomous air combat manoeuvering instrumentation is transitioning to fifth-generation technology. Arie Egozi reveals the capabilities of the EHUD and other air combat training pods.
The Dogs of War – Forces worldwide employ military working dogs for patrol, drug, explosive and enemy detection. Robert Moorman sniffs out training of these four-legged guardians and their handlers at the 341st Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
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