TechWatch is our quarterly horizon-scanning technology publication. Today’s defence industry is ill-informed on which technologies might fundamentally disrupt it in the future. In order to adopt the very best innovations and processes in current and future operations, we need to keep in touch with developments in industries outside of our own.
TechWatch is a comprehensive assessment of technologies that will change the face of defence. Our experts study tech trends and developments, whilst also considering the practical applicability of them in our customers’ markets.
With a rich understanding of defence and national security, we are well equipped to guide you on where to place your technology bets for the future.
Our ninth edition: super-natural
In this edition we focus on radical thinking and methods; looking at a fundamental shifts in the way we create new technologies, taking inspiration from nature, not just from engineering. It’s also based on harvesting and exploiting new developments and opportunities. Innovation isn’t just about technology – but the way we work too.
We begin with 10 news items, covering topics such as new satellite navigation, the comeback of chainmail, and new displays that will be able to roll and fold like paper. Our first deep dive focuses on both synthetic and engineering biology, recognising their potential and the roadmap to reach it. Since they are still in their infancy within defence, we also delve into some exciting use cases specifically for defence. Our second deep dive looks at ‘generation-after-next’– a phrase often used in industry to focus on technologies coming down the line, rather than just the here and now.
Other highlights include:
- Holograms that can be touched and felt
- A Mercedes-Benz concept car that functions through ‘mind control’
- Q&A with Dr Petra Oyston, Technical Fellow - Chemical, Biological and Radiological Division, from Dstl
- Q&A with Dr Nick Joad, Director at Defence Science & Technology (DST).
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TechWatch Edition 6: Net-Zero 50 & Sustainability
In this podcast we were joined by Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CB CVO CBE, discussing climate change, sustainability and particularly Net-Zero 50 and the defence sector.
TechWatch Edition 6: Modernising Platforms
This podcast explores updating our platforms and equipment for longevity into the future. Our participants include our UAS Technical Lead, Phil Briggs and our Land Autonomy Technical Lead, Tony Smith.
TechWatch Edition 4: Friends in high places
How can humans work together with machines in aerospace? In this podcast we chat to Bill Biggs, our autonomy campaign leader, on how we make the most of human-machine teams in air.