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Soldier Borne Sensors

By the next year, the U.S. Army plans to equip the individual warfighter with an autonomous Soldier Based Sensors (SBS) based on a miniature drone. The Army is evaluating different off the shelf solutions for this applications.

Future Drones: Smarter and Deadlier

Today military forces use Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in many roles, primarily for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) supporting all echelons, from the strategic to the tactical level.  Drones are also used for strike missions, particularly against time-sensitive targets (TST), where these persistent platforms,...

DSEI 2017 – Defense Update

The biennial Defense Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) held in London in September 2017 provided insight into British defense programs. The event attracted strong international participation, both visitors and exhibitors from 42 countries, many of which addressed UK and European defense and security requirements. This review highlights some of the main themes at the show.

New Breath of Life for the Old Patton

The largest fleets of M-60 are in Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, where the M-60 is used alongside the M-1A1. In the recent years, these tanks are heavily engaged in combat operations, in Yemen, Syria, and Sinai where they have suffered significant losses to anti-tank weapons. To survive and continue to be effective in service these tanks must be modernized.

Britain Wants a ‘Sovereign’ APS Architecture

Active protection is a new area of interest for the British Army. During DSEI The Leonardo group announced it was selected by the MOD, to demonstrate APS technologies to counter evolving threats. The British MIPS seems to align well with the Modular APS architecture developed in the U.S., as deliverables from both programs will provide common controllers and other key subsystems that will enable the integration and fielding of affordable soft and hard kill APS solutions.

Future Drones: Mission Systems’ Automation

This post continues our discussion on Future Drones Mission autonomy evolved parallel to the automation of piloting functions. Such capabilities are derived from mission payloads that become smarter to collect, process and fuse data with other sensor streams and store it on the platform. Persistent...

Future Drones: Essential Changes Lead to Higher Autonomy

This post continues our discussion on Future Drones Significant changes are required to make such autonomy a reality. Trusted navigation Inherent to their unmanned operation UAVs are dependent on external input for navigation and positioning. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is the most common, but not the...

Future Drones: Minimizing Dependence on Human Skills

This post continues our discussion on Future Drones Although unmanned aircraft do not require a pilot to fly, they do need significant human control and support to operate. Remote pilots and system controller are operating the systems throughout the flight and, when flights are extended...

Mysterious New Jet Takes to the Air

Scaled Composites announced the first flight of its newly developed, experimental aircraft Model 401. The company produced two such aircraft for an undisclosed customer, to demonstrate advanced, low-cost manufacturing techniques and research flight services for the United States government. This successful first flight is the beginning of the flight test phase for vehicle number 1. The Scaled team plans to continue envelope expansion on the first aircraft as they move toward first flight of the second Model 401 vehicle.

Unmanned Rovers Run on Hydrogen Power

GM's proposes a versatile, electrically powered platform that uses hydrogen fuel-cell technology to support energy-dependent applications such as sensor platforms, high energy lasers, command posts, communications sites, field medical facilities, and emergency power and water generation facilities.

U.S. Army Releases the Key for Future Vehicle Protection Systems

The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC) has just released the MAPS Framework (MAF) - the key element in TARDEC's roadmap to standardize the development and upgradability of Active Protection Systems (APS) and subsystem technologies utilized to protect ground vehicle platforms. The newly released document outlines the different standards that guide system providers in government and industry to develop products that are modular, upgradable, safe, and secure.

U.S. Army to Equip Its European-Based Armored Brigade with TROPHY APS

After years of evaluations and experimentation with active protection systems (APS) technologies, the US Army finally moves fast to equip its M-1A2 SEPv2 main battle tanks with lifesaving APS – Israel’s TROPHY was selected, realizing it is the only system of its kind that has proved its worth in real combat.

DSEI 2017 Reflects the Latest Trends

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IiMOo-ado4] The biennial Defense Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) held in London in September 2017 provided insight into British defense programs. The event attracted strong international participation, both visitors and exhibitors from 42 countries, many of which addressed UK and European defense and security...

SeaGull Demonstrates Autonomous ASW Capabilities

Elbit Systems has developed an unmanned anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels that enable navies to detect and defeat enemy submarines and neutralize sea mines in a safer, more efficient and affordable way. At the DSEI exhibition this week the company has demonstrated how the unmanned Seagull boats can autonomously perform anti-submarine operations over a distance of 1,890 nautical miles, with the mission controlled over a satellite link from the company's exhibit at DSEI in London.
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