Defense Update surveys the latest protection and survivability gear including body armor and helmets, developed for the modern infantry, including new ergonomic bullet-proof vests, fire resistant clothing and microclimate personal cooling systems and load carrying systems, enabling the warfighter to endure andsurvive in combat as well as endure extreme climatic conditions. Among the body armor types covered here are the US Army Interceptor, the controversial Dragon Skin, Israel Defense Forces Hashmonai ergonomic body armor and latest body armor developed for theGround Soldier System program.
An updated and revised version of our article from October 2004 , rewritten to reflect the new trends in this exciting new field. This feature covers the latest innovations in soldier systems, including protection, ergonomics and command and control. Special updates are provided on the latest versions of the US Army Future Force Warrior systems and Ground Soldier System program, the FELIN system, IDz, D2S2 and the several new Israeli programs. A follow-on article planned for publication in June will add another dimension to this coverage, with an overview of command and control systems, designed to empower and support the small unit commander and team leader of a modern and ‘future’ infantry unit.
Attack helicopters are providing an essential asset for modern warfare, but high vulnerability to ground fire and limited weapons choice and issues of communications, affecting their integration into the ground combat . Defense Update reviews the weapons currently available for helicopter gunships, highlighting the advantages and limitations of ‘fire and forget‘ missiles and ‘man in the loop’ laser guided and electro-optically controlled weapons which are proving their worth in modern asymmetric combat.