• USAF finds F-35 maintainers outside A-10 fleet

    The US Air Force no longer needs to rob its A-10 fleet s maintainers to support the incoming Lockheed Martin F-35As, according to a Congressional report.
  • AIA calls Congress to strengthen Ex-Im bank

    The head of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) praised Republican lawmakers efforts on new tax legislation while encouraging the more radical Tea Party contingent to back down from their attack on the US Export-Import Bank.
  • Russia could cut off internet to Nato countries, British military chief warns

    Air Chief Marshall Peach says Russian ships have been spotted close to Atlantic cables that carry communications between Europe and the USRussia could pose a major threat to the UK and other Nato nations by cutting underwater cables essential for international commerce and the internet, the chief of the British defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach, has warned.
    Russian ships have been regularly spotted close to the Atlantic cables that carry communications between the US and Europe and elsewhere aroun
  • News story: New homes for veterans in time for Christmas

    The pioneering Parry Court housing development, funded by £8.6 million in Government Libor fines, will provide housing for veterans as they embark on a new future outside of the military.At a ceremony in Morden, South London, the Ministry of Defence’s Chief of Defence People Lt Gen Richard Nugee handed over the keys of the first completed property to Private Jordan Colllins, who received his new home in time for Christmas.Minister for Defence, People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
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  • News story: UK and Japan strengthen defence ties

    The Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary met their Japanese counterparts at Greenwich Naval College, a building that symbolises the historic maritime links between the two countries, to strengthen security and defence cooperation.During the meeting, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that HMS Sutherland will visit Japan next year. HMS Argyll will also be sent to the country to take part in exercises next year, as announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May in August 2017.Defence
  • Radar sensing and AI to cut healthcare costs by monitoring vulnerable people

    Falls and fractures amongst people over the age of 65 account for over four million hospital bed days each year in England alone, costing the healthcare system around £2bn.As well as the strain on accident and emergency departments and hospital wards however, such falls also lead to anxiety and loss of independence in the elderly.
    Now a team of UK researchers, funded by EPSRC, is investigating the use of radar sensing and artificial intelligence to monitor vulnerable people, including the
  • News story: Defence Minister reveals new RAF Squadron at Qatar event

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was in Doha last weekend, where he agreed a package of training and co-operation between the British and Qatari Air Forces which will see them working together more regularly as part of the multi-billion pound deal to supply the country with 24 Typhoon aircraft.Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin expanded on that agreement at a State of Qatar National Day reception in London today. She revealed that a new UK-based Typhoon joint squadron will be called No. 12 squ
  • Lebanon to receive MD530Gs, ScanEagles from USA

    Lebanon is to receive MD Helicopters MD530Gs and Boeing Insitu ScanEagle unmanned air vehicles as part of a new military assistance package from the USA. Announced by the US embassy in Beirut on 13 December, the deal is worth more than $120 million.
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  • MAGMA jet-powered UAV sets course for flapless flight

    Efforts toward flapless flight have taken off with BAE Systems and Manchester University successfully completing initial flight trials of MAGMA, a jet powered UAV aiming to manoeuvre with an integrated blown-air system.MAGMA jet-powered UAVSeen as informing the design of future stealth aircraft, the new concept for aircraft control seeks to eliminate complex, mechanical moving parts that move flaps to control aircraft during flight.
    According to BAE Systems, this could give greater control
  • C2I 2017: Breaking the sound barrier with a rocket-powered model car

    Not content with setting a new land speed record a group of a school students in Mansfield are now gearing up for an assault on the sound barrier. Collaborate To Innovate 2017Category: Young innovator
    Winner: Breaking the sound barrier with a model rocket car
    Partners: The Joseph Whitaker School; Rolls-Royce; Swansea University; Easy Composites; GS Products; iMechE; Santa Pod Raceway; GaaTech
    Category Sponsor: Renishaw Plc
    Much has been made of the so-called ‘
  • British troops breached Geneva conventions in Iraq, high court rules

    Court says soldiers subjected civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment in cases that may determine how a further 628 claims are dealt with by MoDBritish troops breached the Geneva conventions and subjected Iraqi civilians to cruel and inhuman treatment by hooding them and taking turns to run over their backs, the high court ruled on Thursday.Furthermore, the Ministry of Defence breached the Geneva conventions as well as the Human Rights Act in the way in which it detained civilians following the
  • AME grads head for engineering careers after industry-focused course

    The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has seen its first cohort of students graduate in Coventry.
    (l-r) Joe Howe, Nick Hugill, Daryl Obe, Wendy Garner (Coventry University), Carl Perrin (Director of AME), Ian Wilson (Course Director), Alicia Prior, Daniel Davey and Daryl EastgateAME is a joint collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing that was set up three years ago to develop ‘industry-ready’ engineers.
    Seven graduates picked up the
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  • Electric eel inspires biocompatible hydrogel battery

    Researchers in Switzerland and the US have been inspired by the electric eel to create a biocompatible hydrogel battery that could power devices inside the body.(Credit: Steven G Johnson via CC)
    Electric eels combine potassium and sodium ions in cell membranes to deliver their trademark jolt. Mimicking that system, the researchers used the sodium and chloride constituents of salt, dissolved in a hydrogel. Thousands of tiny droplets of the salty gel were printed on a plastic sheet, alternati
  • Collaborative research is the lifeblood of technological advancement. So why is it coming under threat?

    Collaboration is key to engineering. In an increasingly globalised world, distributed teams working seamlessly and efficiently together towards a common end can be an extremely powerful means of getting a job done, writes Lee Hibbert. 
    That’s particularly true within universities, where multi-disciplinary groups from all over the world pool their collective knowledge to advance understanding in key areas of science and technology. These alliances aren’t restricted to the academi
  • US team etches bacteria killing nano spikes on stainless steel

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US have used an electrochemical etching process to create a bacteria killing nanotextured surface on a stainless steel alloy.  
    The nanotextured surface appears to kill bacteriaThe initial goal of the research – which is reported in the journal ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering – was to create a super-hydrophobic surface on stainless steel, but it soon became clear that creating such a surface would require the u
  • C2I 2017: Nuclear industry innovation inspires life-saving heart implant

    The Spiral-Inducing Bypass Graft was produced by an unusual multi-disciplinary, cross-border venture. The laws that govern blood flow apply also to the dynamics of coolant in nuclear reactors, which prompted the development of this unique biomedical deviceCollaborate To Innovate 2017Category: Health and wellbeing
    Winner: Spiral-Inducing Bypass Graft
    Partners: University of Manchester; University of Michigan; Manchester Metropolitan University; National University of Singapore; Cardiovascula
  • Highways England outlines vision for high-tech motorways

    Highways England believes technology will play an increasingly major role in keeping people moving and the country connected.In its newly unveiled vision for the strategic road network, Highways England said an intelligent network coupled with connected vehicles would improve how efficiently roads are maintained and simultaneously improve safety. In another development drones could also be used to fly overhead and report back on incidents, and cars could be programmed to spot potholes on motorwa
  • News story: The Sun Military Awards are back to salute the Armed Forces

    Tonight, the milestone ceremony was attended by celebrities, entertainers and politicians who recognised the excellence of the Armed Forces.The special ceremony recognised the hard work and bravery of UK servicemen and women. It was hosted by television presenter Lorraine Kelly at the historic Banqueting House in Whitehall, London.She was joined by celebrities from the worlds of sport, entertainment and politics.Earlier in the day, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted the nominees at a
  • Pentagon OKs limited F-35 testing before modifying jets

    The Pentagon s top weapons tester intends to approve limited testing on the Lockheed Martin F-35 while the programme office waits for modifications needed to begin the fighter s full initial operational test and evaluation.
  • January 1880: Edison’s electric light

    A certain formality is often the hallmark of articles in the Victorian editions of The Engineer; but in the case of the now-celebrated American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, that formality gives way to a finely-honed scorn.Edison, along with many others, had for some years been trying to develop a practical electric light, and our predecessors were reacting to a report in the New York Herald that he had finally succeeded. It’s fair to say that they were not persuaded.
    The article is headed
  • Eurofighter powers up Typhoon production for Kuwait

    Kuwait's future fleet of Typhoons remains on track for introduction from 2019, with the first major parts now in production by the Eurofighter partner companies.
  • Elbit lands Israeli Hercules training deal

    Elbit Systems is to provide the Israeli air force with flight simulation services to support operations with its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules tactical transports until 2030.
  • RAEng announces new intelligence and security fellowships

    The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has revealed details of four new fellowships that will look to advance UK intelligence & security research.
    Offered by the Government Office for Science and administered by the RAEng, the UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will investigate online behaviour patterns, rechargeable batteries for wearables, quantum & optical sensors, and advanced x-ray scanning.According to the RAEng, the programme is based on a similar s
  • Israeli navy shifts focus to VTOL UAV

    Israel's navy plans to operate vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned air vehicles from its new Saar 6 corvettes, with the selected type to be used in conjunction with an incoming fleet of Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk maritime helicopters.
  • Fresh upgrade boosts Colombia's Kfir fleet

    Israel Aerospace Industries has upgraded the Colombian air force's Kfir fighters to its latest C-60 standard, enabling the type to carry an expanded range of weapons and sensors.
  • Project looks at gecko grip for handling in high-precision industrial settings

    Humans have long admired the ability of the gecko to climb walls and numerous attempts have been made at replicating the adhesive qualities of the lizard’s feet.
    Now, a Georgia Institute of Technology (GATECH) researcher is looking into how gecko-grip could be applied in a high-precision industrial setting, such as in robot arms used in manufacturing computer chips.
    “There are numerous ways that gecko adhesion could be used in an industrial setting, especially in handling delica
  • Speed up approvals and embrace new technology to ensure UK’s nuclear future, says IMechE

    The UK urgently needs to address the implications of Brexit on the nuclear sector and ensure the future pipeline of nuclear technologies, the IMechE says in a new report.
    Hinkley Point CThe report, Nuclear Power: A Future Pathway for the UK, assesses the state of nuclear policy in the wake of the announcement last week of more support for the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technologies. It identifies three immediate and urgent roadblocks to the progression of nuclear projects in Brit
  • Pan-European drone project detects toxic gases in disaster zones

    A multimillion-dollar, multi-partner European drone project is using photonics to detect toxic gases in the atmosphere following events such as wildfires, chemical explosions and volcanic eruptions.
    Going by the slightly laboured acronym FLAIR (FLying ultrA-broadband single-shot Infra-Red Sensor), the fixed-wing drone will be able to reach speeds of 120km/h, an altitude of 4,000m, and cover a radius of 80km. Onboard will be a super-continuum laser capable of detecting tiny concentrations of a ra
  • C2I 2017: The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project

    The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, which uses a breakwater wall to harness the power of the tides, is the first of its kind and could provide a scalable blueprint for adoption worldwideCollaborate To Innovate 2017Category: Energy, efficiency and sustainability
    Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
    Partners: Tidal Lagoon Power; Atkins; LDA DesignThe winner in the Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability category is a ground-breaking project that promises to be a world first and could help pave th
  • ​Australian 'Classic' Hornets to fill Canada capability gap

    Canberra has confirmed that it will sell 18 Boeing F/A-18 A/B Hornet fighters to Canada for an undisclosed amount.
  • ​Canada announces open fighter competition with caveats

    Canada will hold an open competition to replace its aging CF-18 fighter fleet, but sent a firm warning to any company who might try to hurt Canadian business.
  • News story: Defence Secretary congratulates NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg

    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:I congratulate Jens Stoltenberg on the extension of his term as NATO Secretary General, he is a great friend and ally of the UK. NATO is the cornerstone of our defence and the UK a leading member of the alliance, one of just a handful of nations to meet the commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defence. Next year, our current Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, will take over as Chairman of the Military Committee - the most senior mi
  • A very haphazard Christmas

    Project management is second nature to our anonymous blogger, apart from when it comes to Christmas. The secret engineer wonders why we rarely apply workplace-honed management skills to our daily lives. 
    Well it’s that time of year again and, as I write this, most of the country appears to have been brought to a traditionally festive standstill by snow. There are still a couple of weeks to go to the gala of conspicuous consumption that is Christmas Day itself but here at Chez S-E we r
  • Auto suppliers – don’t get left out in the cold with Industry 4.0

    Most major vehicle manufacturers have started on their journeys toward Industry 4.0 with great enthusiasm. Their suppliers need to act now to ensure they are not left out in the cold when it comes to digital manufacturing, says Harry Chana of Daifuku.
    While most automotive manufacturers and their key suppliers are actively evangelising the benefits of Industry 4.0, many businesses further down the supply chain are in danger of being left behind. Understandably, a lot of automotive production eng
  • Nanoscale device could create new chemicals and speed up electronics

    A nanoscale device developed in the UK could be used to help synthesise new chemicals and improve the speed of electronics equipment.The device, developed by researchers at King’s College London and published in Nature Nanotechnology, uses quantum effects to convert electrons flowing around a circuit into a controlled stream of “hot electrons” and light.
    Hot electrons are highly energetic, making them very useful in chemical research, according to Dr Pan Wang, the paper’s
  • Battery based on metallic lithium claimed to treble electric vehicle range

    Canadian chemists devise method to protect lithium metal anodes from corrosion and prevent fires and explosions
    Formation of dendrites (left) can lead to fires and explosions in lithium metal batteriesUsing metallic lithium as the negative electrode in a battery has the potential to boost the battery’s performance by increasing the amount of charge it can store.
    The team, based at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Province, has devised a method to get around two problems that have, unt
  • Work experience key to bridging grad employment gap

     David Docherty, CEO of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and chairman of Placer, explains how work experience can help tomorrow’s engineers transition from education into the workplace.
    A recent CIPD report ‘The graduate employment gap: expectations versus reality’ revealed that talented engineering graduates, alongside their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) peers, are more likely to be unemployed than other graduates.Despite
  • Video Interview: Sir Vince Cable talks industrial strategy and Brexit

    The Engineer spoke to the former Business Secretary and current leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable about industrial strategy, Brexit, and the power of engineering collaboration at the Engineer’s annual C2I conference in Coventry (December 7th, 2017)Sir Vince Cable was a keynote speaker at The Engineer’s 2017 Collaborate To Innovate Conference. 
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  • C2I 2017 shines spotlight on collaborative engineering innovation

    The Engineer’s annual Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) campaign came to a fascinating conclusion at its recent conference.Now in its second year, Collaborate To Innovate was launched to celebrate and highlight the role that collaboration plays in developing the technological solutions to some of our biggest problems.
    We wanted to champion the depth of the relationship between the UK’s businesses and its academic research community. And – perhaps most importantly – we wanted
  • Simplified technique deposits magnetic iron oxide onto gold nanorods

    A simpler method of depositing magnetite nanoparticles onto silica-coated gold nanorods could lead to multifunctional nanoparticles with numerous applications in industry.Mixing silica-overcoated gold nanorods (left) and iron oxide nanoparticles (center) yields iron oxide-overcoated gold nanorods (right). Credit: Brian ChapmanThe method for depositing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles was developed by researchers from North Carolina State University and MIT and is described in Chemistry of Mater
  • This week’s poll: Trump orders NASA to concentrate on the moon

    What do Engineer readers think of Donald Trump’s order for NASA to focus on returning humans to the Moon and developing a crewed mission to Mars?Take Our PollAfter recreating the US National Space Council last year, President Donald Trump yesterday signed a policy objective formally ordering NASA to focus its efforts on a new crewed lunar landing programme and to develop a future mission to Mars. In response, the agency has now cancelled its plans to land robotic probes and eventually astr
  • The Engineer poll: 69 per cent of respondents back remain

    According to The Engineer’s latest poll on Brexit, readers are now more strongly in favour of remaining in the EU than they were on the eve of the 2016 referendum.
    Running from the 5th to the 11th of December 2017, the publication’s latest poll on the topic attracted votes from 1467 respondents, 69 per cent of whom said that they would vote remain if the referendum were repeated.
    Although responses are anonymous, and the sample group will not exactly match that of The Engineer&r
  • Water cloak uses electromagnetism to reduce wake and drag

    A programme backed by the US Navy is exploring the use of electromagnetism to create a water cloak that would diminish a vessel’s wake and drag.A schematic for a prototype of the proposed water cloaking device (Credit: Yaroslav Urzhumov/Duke University)
    The concept was first developed at Duke University in 2011, and in theory works by matching the acceleration of the surrounding water to an object’s movement. This would not only increase propulsion efficiency, it would also leav
  • ANALYSIS: Pride of place for Memphis Belle

    It s not easy for a new aviation-themed attraction to impress the town of Dayton, Ohio, where the official motto is Birthplace of Aviation .
  • C2I 2027: Understanding failure – a path towards safer lithium ion batteries

    To forge a path towards safer lithium ion batteries, a team at UCL set about studying the mechanisms that cause rapid and catastrophic failure in li-ion batteriesCollaborate To Innovate 2017Category: Safety & security
    Winner: Understanding failure: a path towards safer lithium ion batteries
    Partners: UCL; NASA; NREL; European Synchrotron; UK National Physical LaboratoryThe year 2013 was one to forget for a pair of high-profile OEMs whose use of lithium-ion batteries in big-ticket transp
  • EU launches defence pact with submarine drones

    The EU unveiled on Monday a raft of new joint defence projects including submarine drones and cyber attack rapid response teams as it launched a landmark pact on boosting military cooperation....
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  • Erdogan says officials to meet to ‘finalise’ Russia defence deal

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkish and Russian officials would meet in the coming days to finalise the deal for Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to...
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  • Russian Reports Incident with US F-22 Fighter Over Syria

    “An American F-22 fighter actively prevented the Russian pair of Su-25 attack aircraft from carrying out a combat mission to destroy the Daesh stronghold in the suburbs of the city of Mayadin...
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  • Global Arms Industry: First Rise In Arms Sales Since 2010, Says SIPRI

    Sales of arms and military services by the world’s largest arms-producing and military services companies—the SIPRI Top 100—totalled $374.8 billion in 2016, according to new international arms...
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  • Qatar Signs £6Bn Eurofighter Contract

    A multi-billion pound contract to supply Qatar with 24 Typhoon aircraft has been signed today, supporting thousands of British manufacturing jobs. The Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and his...
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