The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released a new strategy outlining a focus on science and technology (S&T) as the mainstay of defence policy and development.
In its 'Science and Technology Strategy 2017' paper, the government claimed that this area of research “underpins the entirety of defence”, and has contributed to the success of a number of key capabilities.
Included in this are the survivability systems used in the Foxhound armoured vehicle, the development of MBDA’s Brimstone air-to-ground missile, and the detection and confirmation of the nerve agent sarin being used in Syria.
“In an increasingly connected world where we face new as well as traditional threats and which is increasingly defined by technological advances of a speed and scale previously not experienced, it is time for a renewed focus on S&T in defence,” Hugh Durrant-Whyte, MoD chief scientific adviser, said in the paper.
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