The Artisan radar system was developed by engineers at BAE Systems

QE carrier radar detects tennis ball sized objects more than 25km away

6 Oct 2015

An advanced 3D radar system has been installed aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

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Brunel scholarships help female engineers break the mould

30 Sep 2015 | By Jason Ford

The Student Engineer sits down with three engineers who have taken part in Brunel’s Women in Engineering Master’s Scholarship scheme.  


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Plans firm up for the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates

15 Sep 2015 | By Jason Ford

Sea change: The Royal Navy’s new Type 26 frigates will build on the legacy of its Type 23 forerunners.


Lightweight armour occupies defence sector

14 Sep 2015 | By Helen Knight

The defence industry is working intensively on lighter body armour.


The BAE VR system uses laser tracking and a wand to allow users to interact with the vessels in a 3D environment.

Immersive worlds - How virtual reality is shaping our future Video

14 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Wade

From designing the Royal Navy’s latest submarines, to training facial surgeons, virtual reality is finally making itself useful. 


Could we still fly the flag?

29 Jul 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

The RAF has the fewest fighter aircraft in its history, but hasn’t flown an all-British fighter for decades. Other countries build their own and sell them abroad. Why don’t we?


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October 1894: The aluminium torpedo boat

30 Sep 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

A wonder of its day, the first aluminium military vessel, a torpedo boat, caused a stir when it appeared in the Thames. But the wonder-metal had later problems

AVRO Lincoln

February 1946: the last of the piston-engined bombers

4 Feb 2015 | By Stuart Nathan

Soon to be superseded by the jet-powered V-bombers, the Lincoln represented the last gasp of WWII technology for the RAF.

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