The British military tested new radar and other state-of-the-art equipment during its recent Exercise Wessex Storm.
According to the British Army, the service trialed its new SPEXER 360 radar for tactical surveillance. The system reportedly provides early detailed warning of incoming threats.
The service also tested its Saab Barracuda camouflage nets, which can be erected quickly to cloak forces from enemy radar.
It also trialed a new dismounted situational awareness device worn on body armor during the exercise.
The device allows troopers to identify individual locations and track the movements of friendly forces.
‘Future Soldier’ Modernization Program
The acquisition of new cutting-edge equipment is part of the country’s “Future Soldier” military modernization effort unveiled late last year.
The UK vowed to “radically reorganize” its military to address next-generation threats by purchasing new high-powered equipment, such as armored vehicles, Challenger 3 tanks, Apache helicopters, long-range precision missiles, and unmanned aerial systems.
The program aims to make the British Army a more agile, lethal, and modernized war-fighting force to counter extremist organizations and emerging threats.
“To keep pace with the changing character of warfare our army must be forward-looking, adaptable and embracing of new ways of working as much as new weapons and technologies,” British defense secretary Ben Wallace told The Guardian in November.