The market for armoured vehicles and related equipment has become wide-ranging. Technological advancements have seen a significant rise in the use and utility of unmanned ground vehicles, artificial intelligence, virtual training and survivability equipment. Active protection systems – having long been seen as the preserve of wealthy states – are being developed in lighter, cheaper and more accurate forms, supporting their case as a popular solution for the future battlespace. Meanwhile, the deployment of main battle tanks is still seen as a necessity by most in spite of climbing demand for light protected mobility.
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Africa has been on something of a spending spree in the past few years, upping their stake in the global defence market while addressing urgent security challenges at home. For most states, reinforcing the reputation of a secure and civilised environment is the first step in encouraging foreign investment and commerce. Ahead of the African Security Summit, Defence IQ provides this collection of articles exploring issues including maritime piracy, armoured vehicles, strategic communications and EOD efforts across the continent...
Africa’s steady creep towards being the global hub for transnational organised crime and violent terrorism is becoming one of this decade’s key security concerns for international actors. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that 13 percent of global cocaine traffic moves through West Africa, meaning that in the past several years the region has become a crucial transit route for drug trafficking from the Americas.
Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has warned that Islamist militancy poses a threat that could destabilise the whole of West Africa. Download this article now to learn more.