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Exoskeleton technologies are increasing as artificial intelligence brings new opportunities to the forefront. These technologies improve soldiers’ endurance, strength, and speed on the battlefield. One such technology is Lockheed Martin’s ONYX, a powered lower-body exoskeleton with dermoskeleton technology (rigid and flexible structures that conform to the body) licensed from B-TEMIA and tracking sensors. Its ability to increase mobility and dramatically reduce fatigue makes it an exciting new product in the defence market. By reducing the effort when walking and climbing, ONYX assists soldiers in going the extra mile while carrying mission-essential equipment. ONYX’s tracking sensors feed back into an onboard computer...

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become one of the major disruptors in technology today. It is seen as a key future differentiator in various industries including banking, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, and most importantly defence and security. It has the ability to outperform humans in tasks such as image and object recognition, voice generation, speech recognition, and decision-making. There is no commonly agreed definition of AI, but as a general working definition it can be defined as the capability of a machine to imitate intelligent human behaviour. AI has become a priority for many countries, with China committed to becoming the world’s premier innovation...

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Airbus Defence and Space showcased during their South African Defence Day 2018 held in Pretoria recently, a portfolio of new satellite-based solutions to the South African military and other institutions. Airbus offers a wide range of earth observation satellite capabilities and services that have seen steady growth within the African market. In March 2015, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) received its license for the SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites, which within three months produced nationwide coverage (1 221 000 km²) at a 1.5m resolution. Imagery from the SPOT 6/7 have since been used by various government departments. Airbus Defence and...

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The Institute for Maritime Technology (IMT), a division of Armscor Defence Institutes, provides research-based technological development and systemic support to the South African Navy. Armscor is the acquisition agency for the South African Department of Defence however it has expanded its service offering to include the research and development of technologies that are marketed locally and internationally. The IMT has evolved to provide services outside of the maritime domain to other South African National Defence Force (SANDF) structures. State-owned defence-related research institutions in South African at times collaborate and are involved in the transfer of technology from military to civilian...

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With drones gaining more popularity, anti-drone technologies may become a necessary countermeasure in years to come to neutralise drone threats in the defence, commercial, and homeland security sectors by detecting and intercepting drones. Anti-drone technology is also known as counter-UAS, C-UAS, or counter-UAC technology. As in any market segment, anti-drone manufacturers consist of the larger corporates like Thales, Lockheed Martin, and SAAB, however start-ups are becoming fierce competitors with their own in-house innovations, low-cost manufacturing capabilities, and the ability to build anti-drone systems to customer requirements. Anti-drone technologies can be ground-based (fixed or mobile on buildings or vehicles), hand-held (operated...

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