The rapid evolution of technology has had a huge impact on the world we live in – presenting many new opportunities, risks and threats. This is no truer than for the defence industry. With many new technological advancements and an ever-changing digital focus worldwide, defence agencies must adapt the way they operate to keep up. Here, we explore the five key technology trends that are changing the future of the defence industry. 

Artificial Intelligence

AI is essentially an advanced computer system that has the capability of learning, responding and problem solving. The tasks that the computer can complete are those which would take a certain level of ‘intelligence’ if carried out by a human. AI will continue to play a huge part in the defence industry, being a vital tool for analysing data and gaining rapid insights – allowing ops managers to make decisions quickly and accurately. 

Tactical Augmented Reality 

Augmented reality (AR) is a highly intelligent multi-sensory technology that takes users on an interactive experience of the real location that they are in. For instance, a user may put goggles or a headset on and the technology would introduce potential threats or scenarios that they would need to react to. AR is already being used in the US Army to help train soldiers for certain military scenarios, enhancing situational awareness and reaction times. It will hugely impact the way that soldiers carry out critical operations in the future. 

Autonomous Robotic Systems 

There has been a significant increase in the number of autonomous robotic systems used in defence over the last decade, and this isn’t set to slow down. These robots are capable of performing set tasks with a huge level of autonomy thanks to their artificial intelligence – which allows them to make their own decisions and act accordingly. Many defence teams already use autonomous robotic systems, including drones, bomb disposal robots and autonomous military vehicles.  

Cyber Security & Smart IT Solutions

Now more than ever, the need for water-tight, effective and efficient IT solutions is pivotal. The rapidly evolving digital world we navigate today comes with a whole host of new challenges for the defence industry – which must adapt and implement effective cyber security measures, smart manufacturing processes and IT systems that can protect their data and ensure the success of their missions. 

User-Centric Design

Technology is becoming more and more intelligent, and user-centric design is no exception. It puts the user at the heart of the technology, analysing and detecting patterns in human behaviour and reacting to problems. The development of user-centric design can make a huge difference to the defence industry, as it will help to reduce reaction time to certain situations and incidents. For example, soldiers may benefit from this type of intelligent tech at war or in training. Heat signature screening could detect human temperature changes and alert others of cases of hypothermia or other diseases that have heat-related symptoms, ultimately keeping soldiers safer. 

The defence industry will need to adapt to and take advantage of these new technological advancements to keep up in this ever-changing digital world.