Projects

In depth and single subject articles, Think Defence Projects are continually updated. Click to read more…

Digging and Working with Wood

Digging and Working with Wood

A look at the re-emergent need for digging in and using timber for field defencesRead More
Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)

Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF)

The Royal Navy Type 31 General Purpose Frigate (GPFF) is a new class of vessel designed to provide a lower cost vessel in the capability space between the Batch 2 River Class OPV and Type 26 Frigate.Read More
A Persistent Ground Based Surveillance Challenge

A Persistent Ground Based Surveillance Challenge

The idea of persistent ground based surveillance is not a new one, and anyone that has ever been to a town or city in the UK will understand full well what it means.Read More
Conflict Prevention from Above

Conflict Prevention from Above

A proposal to extend the UK's air Defence Engagement capability to include conflict prevention at the lower end of the spectrumRead More
UK Complex Weapons

UK Complex Weapons

From Brimstone to Storm Shadow, complex weapons form the core of UK military capability.Read More
Civilian Unmanned Airborne Systems - Threats an Opportunities

Civilian Unmanned Airborne Systems - Threats an Opportunities

Defence and security capabilities, threats and opportunities in the civilian small UAS market.Read More
The Atlantic Conveyor

The Atlantic Conveyor

The Atlantic Conveyor was built on the Tyne by Swan Hunter and delivered to Cunard in 1970 as part of their contribution to the Atlantic Container Line consortium. It would go on to be sunk in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict, where it served as an aircraft ferry.Read More
Top 25 British War Films

Top 25 British War Films

We could argue all day about the definition of a British War Film and what the best means but for this entirely unscientific list the definition of a British War Film is one that is largely British in characterRead More
Soviet Monsters

Soviet Monsters

Russia has continually developed heavy lift transport aircraft and helicopters, the Mil Mi-26 and AN-124 are a pair of record breakers, but what went before...Read More
A Ship that Still Isn't a Frigate

A Ship that Still Isn't a Frigate

Can the Royal Navy make use of a civilian vessel design, or even a conversion, to cover a number of less than warlike tasks, taking advantage of current market conditions to drive down costs?Read More
Light Forces Mobility

Light Forces Mobility

The contemporary operating environment defines a requirement for improved mobility over greater distances for air manoeuvre, specialists other light role forces.Read More
Black Buck and the Runways of the 1982 Falkland Islands Conflict

Black Buck and the Runways of the 1982 Falkland Islands Conflict

Air power was fundamental to success or failure in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict and the Black Buck raids by RAF Vulcan's were indicative of the importance of a functional runway. Black Buck, however, was not the only important story. Floating runways aside, this is the story of those runways of importance, before the conflict, during, and after.Read More
Watchkeeper Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS)

Watchkeeper Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS)

Watchkeeper is an advanced Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS), currently coming into service with the Royal Artillery in the British Army.Read More
The 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS)

The 40mm Cased Telescoped Armament System (CTAS)

The CTA International 40mm Cased Telescoped Cannon forms part of the innovative Cased Telescoped Armament Systems that will arm British and French armoured and reconnaissance vehiclesRead More
The Type 26 Frigate

The Type 26 Frigate

The Type 26 Frigate is the replacement for the Royal Navy’s Type 23 Frigates that have been in service since the early nineties. This document will look at the many attempts to deliver a replacement for the Type 22 and 23 Frigates, take a short detour into NATO and European common programmes, and end at the current programme, the Type 26 Frigate, or Global Combat Ship.Read More
Submarine Escape and Rescue

Submarine Escape and Rescue

When submerged, submarines may be subject to enemy action, mechanical failure, collision and other accidents that mean it is immobilised and unable to surface. Escape and Rescue are key capabilities. NATO maintains a 24x7 globally deployable submarine rescue capability, based in Scotland.Read More
From Scimitar to FRES to Ajax

From Scimitar to FRES to Ajax

The Future Rapid Effect System (FRES) was the project name for a class of medium weight armoured vehicles that were intended to replace a number of legacy British Army vehicles such as CVR(T) Scimitar and FV432. This is the story of FRES, what went before and what came after; from Scimitar to AjaxRead More
Ship to Shore Logistics

Ship to Shore Logistics

The study of ship to shore logistics tends to take second place to the more exotic and glamorous amphibious assault capability, but it is no less import. This is a look at a number of historical case studies and examines options for expanding the range of capabilities available to the commanderRead More

Work in progress or planned projects include;

  • A Ship That Still Isn’t a Frigate
  • Best British War Films
  • Black Buck and Falkland Islands Runways
  • Building a Counter Poaching and Illegal Fishing Capability
  • Building a UK SOCOM Equivalent
  • Building an Army Structure for 2025 and Beyond
  • C Vehicles
  • Complex Weapons
  • Containers and Logistics
  • Counter IED and the Talisman Route Clearance System
  • Counter UAV
  • D-Day and the 79th Armoured Division
  • Decoys and Deception
  • Defence Spending Statistics
  • Dismounted Close Combat
  • Equipping the Army of the Future with Wheels and Tracks
  • Future Artillery
  • High Altitude Platforms
  • Information Operations
  • Joint Rapid Response
  • The A400M Atlas
  • The Atlantic Conveyor and Sisters
  • The CTAS 40
  • The Defence Contribution to UK Civil Resilience
  • The European Unmanned Aircraft Future
  • The Future of the F-35B
  • The Sentinel
  • The Voyager
  • UK military Bridging
  • Ultra-Lightweight Mobility
  • Watchkeeper
  • Water Supply




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