The latest June 2023 – August 2023 issue of ADVANCE is out now and you can read the digital version here.

ADVANCE is the official ADS magazine which is circulated physically and digitally to key decision makers in the UK and international aerospace, defence, security & resilience and space sectors.

Featuring a quarterly magazine, online daily news and a weekly newsletter. ADVANCE is editorially independent of ADS and covers the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries and their reach into global markets, providing a platform for all stakeholders to exchange information, from industry and academia, to governments, the military and security forces.


What’s inside the latest issue…

In this issue we look at why training and simulation have the power to be game-changers in a world of rapidly advancing technology, plus we turn the spotlight on the supply of critical strategic minerals and the precarious position of UK industry – as global turmoil makes ‘business as usual’ a distant memory – and we consider the steps being taken to support UK manufacturers.

The ADS sectors are vital to the UK’s economic success, future prosperity, security and international influence. They contributed a combined £34 billion in value-added to the UK economy in 2021. Yet all is not well in the post-Covid, post-Brexit environment, where companies large and small are struggling to find enough people to sustain and develop their business. Some 80%of engineering job vacancies currently remain unfilled for more than six months. Helping economically inactive engineers get back into work could go a long way to resolving the current shortage of skilled employees and ADVANCE examines what is holding ‘returners’ back.

There is a spotlight on the latest developments on the UK air defence front, including a look at the first flying prototype of the advanced new European Common Radar System Mk 2 (ECRS.Mk 2) which has been delivered for flight-testing and we report on developments concerning the British Army’s latest order for all-terrain vehicles. There is coverage on the first of the UK’s new seabed surveillance vessels due to enter service very soon, as the country realises the critical nature of its undersea links to other nations and we report on the significant support contracts which have been announced for the Skynet 6 programme – the UK’s latest constellation of military communication satellites. Also, with the incursion – and shooting down – of a suspected Chinese intelligence-gathering balloon over the US, which has led to renewed interest in the capabilities of one of the oldest forms of reconnaissance, we focus on the balloon surveillance market.

The new boss of an independent provider of component part and repairs looks at the challenges and opportunities facing the aerospace sector, we look back over the second Sustainable Skies World Summit held at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference that took place in mid-April and we provide an insight into how a Cambridge-based data analytics company is working to cut aircraft contrails – increasingly seen as a greater climate warming threat in aviation than CO2 emissions.

On the event side, The Paris Air Show is finally back after a break due to the pandemic and UK companies will be out in force highlighting the latest technologies and innovations. We also look ahead to DSEI – the world’s largest fully integrated defence and security hybrid exhibition – which has become a vital forum for governments, national armed forces, industry and academics, to discuss shared challenges and is highlighting the need for collaboration and aligned behaviours.

With Space–Com Expo taking place at Farnborough in early June, we look at how the recently announced £50 million worth of funding is set to supercharge the UK’s satellite communications industry, which is available for a wide range of projects such as development of new satellite constellations, the ground systems needed to access them, or whole end-to-end systems delivering new services to customers, which could include integrating 5Gsystems to unlock connectivity for people and machines through upgrading infrastructure.

Finally, there is a roundup of member’s and industry news from across all the sectors ADS represents.

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