Sky Sapience Delivers the First Pre-Production Hovermast to the IDF
Israel's Sky Sapience company has delivered today to the Israel Defense Forces' Land Forces Command the first pre-production example of the HoverMast 100 - an autonomous, tethered hovercraft carrying a stabilized electro-optical payload. The system was delivered at a proving ground on the slopes of Mt. Carmel, where the company regularly tests the systems. The system will now enter operational evaluation...
British Watchkeeper drones begin combat ISTAR missions over Afghanistan
The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) today announced the first operational flights in Afghanistan of Thales’ unmanned air system - the Watchkeeper. The new capability is providing force protection for British troops as they prepare to draw down from Afghanistan by the end of this year.
Better situational picture with TacSA
Roboteam has introduced new systems designed to assist dismounted forces in inspection and security of urban and complex areas, using networked robotic, unmanned and unattended systems.
Da-Vinci tri-copter is built for urban warfare
Da-Vinci, a Compact, lightweight VTOL multi-rotor UAS Platform is launched today at the AUSA 2014 in Washington DC. The developer is Flying Productions, a young Israeli company that has developed the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone for military and law enforcement missions in urban areas.
AUSA 2014 – Robotics Photo Report
Reporting from the U.S. Army expo in Washington, Defense-Update team picked a number of interesting new robotic systems and capabilities on display at AUSAa 2014.
Supacat Debut the LRV 400 Light Recce Vehicle at DSEI 2013
Supacat is launching the Light Reconnaissance Vehicle 400 (LRV 400) at the DSEi 2013 exhibition opened in London today. The vehicle is designed as a low cost, high performance capability for special forces, border patrol, reconnaissance, rapid intervention and light strike roles. Offering light forces supreme levels of all-terrain mobility, the LRV 400 is able to be tactically loaded...
Radar Carrying Net-Ray UAV Extends Ship’s Horizon
The Tekever Group is introducing a new, lightweight shipborne UAV - the AR3 NET-RAY, a small drone with an empty weight of 14 kg, designed to carry 8 Kg payload. The new version of AR3 NET-RAY increases its payload capacity by 33%, with the main purpose of providing customers with the option to carry a radar with effective range of 25 nm.
Striking in Seconds!
Coupling RAFAEL’s latest reconnaissance and targeting pods with scene matching EO guided weapons enables air forces to tighten targeting cycles from days and hours to few seconds.
Royal Air Force’s II(AC) Squadron foils insurgent bombers in Afghanistan
The following event demonstrates the force protection role of Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 strike fighters supporting ground forces in Afghanistan. On a recent mission in Afghanistan, two Tornado GR4s from II(AC) Squadron have yet again protected civilians and Afghan-led international forces on the ground by scattering insurgents who were attempting to plant a roadside bomb ahead of an...
French Air Force tests UAV control via SATCOM
The flight represents a first operational test of a "Reachback" concept for the Harfang, proving that the UAS piloting functions could be transferred from the cockpit in Niger, where the UAV took off from, to the cockpit in Cognac almost 5,000 km away, for the activation and control of the drone's sensors
New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats
Elbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
IAI Unveils two new maritime surveillance radars at Euronaval 2014
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its Maritime Surveillance Radar family. introducing two new models - the ELM-2022ML lightweight and compact radar, for helicopters and tactical unmanned systems, and the ELM-2022ES - employing mechanically rotating electronic scanned antenna array.
US Air Force Deflates the Blue Devil II Airship
The US Air Force has decided to terminate the Blue Devil II Airship (BD2) project. Air Force representatives have given the prime contractor, MAV6 LLC, notice to discontinue work on the program due to unacceptable performance and recurring failures to meet minimum operating standards.
IAI’s WASP – Introducing Wide Area Persistent Surveillance for Small & Medium Drones
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new persistent surveillance system that provides a high-resolution situational awareness picture of moving targets, covering a wide area of interest in day and night. Utilizing state of the art EO and IR sensors, AI algorithms, and adaptive rule engines, the system captures large areas at a high revisit rate, enabling tracking, identification, and alerts of multiple moving targets over large areas.