SpyBowl reconnaissance Sphere from Exavision

Thrown or rolled into a suspicious target area, Spybowl uses four cameras to generate an omni-directional view of its surrounding and a microphone to detect and transmit voices. The system uses HF radio for data transmission over range of up to 30 meters inside buildings or 100 meters outdoors. All components are packed inside an rubber coated aluminum sphere, enabling...

Elbit Expands Range of Autonomous Ground Vehicles

The IDF is testing various types of Israeli built unmanned ground vehicles, among them, autonomous navigating robotic vehicles used for security missions and a portable robot designed to support infantry units in urban warfare. At AUSA Winter symposium, March 2007 Elbit Systems unveiled its lastest UGV known as the Versatile, Intelligent and Portable Robot (VIPeR). This robot is designed to support infantry...

DEFEXPO 2004 – Homeland Defense

Mahindra, the large Indian vehicle manufacturer unveiled its Striker lightweight high mobility combat vehicle, designed for armed reconnaissance and mounted patrols. The vehicle was displayed mounting four Milan missiles and a 7.62 mm machine gun. Mahindra also exhibited the Rakshak Plus, a protected vehicle designed for rapid  reaction teams, mounted patrols and transportation of commanders and VIP. Rakshak Plus...

Israeli Army Tests New ISR Systems for Urban Warfare

Start < Page 8 of 9 > IDF Infantry units, from the platoon level upward, are already equipped with a multitude of sensors providing real-time imagery. The need for such organic intelligence gathering capabilities, to provide "extended eyes and ears" for field commanders operating in cluttered terrain in and around urban area was raised by the IDF and answered by Israel's defense...

France’s Mars Industry Consortium Selected for Scorpion Architecture Design

The French Ministry of Defense announced the selection of an industry group comprising Thales, Sagem and Nexter, to lead the architecture development of the French land forces modernization program known as 'Scorpion'. The announcement, originally expected in June this year, was delayed after the French government committed to deep budget cuts. The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA), the French...

InSitu Selected for STUAS UAV Program, Potential Future Orders: Over $0.5 Billion

The U.S. Navy Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has selected the InSitu Integrator unmanned aircraft for the Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS)/Tier II system, and awarded the system developer Insitu Inc., - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company - a contract worth nearly $44 million for the development and fielding of the service's next generation tactical UAS,...

Shadow – Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V)

Under the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V) program, the Marine Corps, DARPA and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) demonstrated the capabilities of a prototype hybrid electric drive designed for recce missions. The vehicle, dubbed Shadow, is an advanced technology demonstrator 4x4 vehicles, which can be carried internally in the V 22 tilt-rotor, CH-53, CH-46 helicopters and C-130...

Smover Robotic Vehicle Control System from Rheinmetall

The system can be used to convert conventional tactical vehicles into hybrid (manned/unmanned) robotic platforms. Manned vehicles equipped with Smover can be used as unmanned reconnaissance or weapons platform, for example, in minefield breaching or recovering vehicles under fire. Equipped with Smover, a lead element of a convoy can be driven remotely without being visibly distinctive from the rest of...

FRES-SV, Warrior Upgrades Likely to be a ‘Winner Takes All’ Match

Two major armored vehicle acquisition programs running in parallel in the UK are nearing critical milestones in the upcoming months. With the Scout Vehicle (SV) become the top priority FRES vehicle, and the imminent selection of prime contractor for the Warrior Upgrade program, it is likely that both programs will select one winner, offering the Army with training and...

Wall Crawling Robot to Traverse Walls, Snooping Through Windows

SRI Engineers demonstrate electro-adhesive crawling propulsion that lifts up to 75 pounds over verical walls SRI's wall-climbing robots scale vertical surfaces by virtue of electro-adhesion, which involves inducing electrostatic charges on a wall substrate. Since 2007 SRI developed several proof of principle robots, under a DARPA funded program. These robots demonstrated robust clamping to common building materials including glass, wood, metal and...

Future High Altitude Drones to Remain on Station for Months, Years

// QinetiQ, Inc has been awarded a $45 million by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the development and manufacturing of seven Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial systems and one ground station. The ultra-light HALE aerial vehicle will provide persistent coverage capability over a remote theater, with mission durations of up to...

DARPA Challenge Aims at a new Breed of Light Armed Scouts

DARPA has announced a new 'challenge' for the development of a concept vehicle utilizing flexible and innovative manufacturing, enabling the military to rapidly adapt to changing battlefield requirements. Past DARPA challenges addressed autonomous mobility in open and urban terrain, development of armor protection systems and the development of lean manufacturing technologies. The new challenge is a design challenge, addressing the...

TRACER: Counter-Concealment Radar for the Reaper

A synthetic aperture radar system with the capability to operate in all types of weather, day or night, is one step closer to providing warfighters with high resolution reconnaissance imagery. A recent review has concluded that the Lockheed Martin Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment Enabled Radar (TRACER) system is acceptable for integration onto manned and unmanned aerial platforms. The Critical...

New Eyes for the Mounted Platoon

AUSA, Washington DC, October 2009: The Mast Mounted System (MMS) developed jointly by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin is a networked sensor suite considered for inclusion as part of the U.S. Army's modernized Brigade Combat Teams (BCT). MMS enables armored reconnaissance vehicles to acquire and share sensor images and videos across the platoon and up the chain of command. Information generated...