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Thai Navy to Operate Hermes-900 on Maritime Surveillance and SaR Missions
Elbit Systems has received a contract valued at $120 million to supply Hermes 900 Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and training capabilities to the Royal Thai Navy. The contract will be performed over three years.
IMSAR Introduce a Podded, Extended Range SAR Radar
IMSAR successfully flight-tested an extended range multi-mode radar, the NSP-5 ER, for the first time. During the flight, the new sensor underwent testing to verify that image quality and impulse response metrics met IMSAR standards, delivering high-resolution imaging and coherent change detection modes.
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...
The Year of the Scorpion (Jet)
The Scorpion reconnaissance and attack aircraft displayed at the Paris Air Show this week is currently on its second European tour, visiting mainland Europe and the UK. Seeking international customers Textron offers the Scorpion at a cost of business aircraft - 'below $20 million per aircraft', and at a flight-hour cost of $3,000 – about 10 – 20 percent of the acquisition and operating costs of modern combat aircraft or advanced trainers.
Business Jets as Alternative for the E-8C JSTARS
Two industry groups are proposing business aircraft platforms as an alternative for the US Air Force JSTARS replacement. The Air Force is planning to retire the existing Boeing 707-based E-8Cs from 2025-2026 and is expecting to have at least four of the new planes in production by 2023.
Reconnaissance Aircraft Monitor Flooded Areas over Southern England
Stormy weather and unprecedented rainfall over the UK is causing floods throughout southern England, some areas have been flooded for several weeks. As 14...
GA-ASI’s VideoSAR Turns Radar Images into Full-Motion Video
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), has successful developped, integrated and operationally tested a system enabling the transfer of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data...
India to Induct Loitering Weapon, Upgrade Israeli Searcher Mk II, Heron...
The Indian Air Force is planning to embark on a tri-service wide upgrade of its Israeli-supplied unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as part of an unprecedented program that could cost up to one billion US$. Indian military services are already operating more than 150 UAVs, mostly Searcher Mk II and Heron I procured from Israel Aerospace Industries since the early 2000s.
Thailand Orders Four EC725s Helicopters for Search and Rescue Missions
The Government of Thailand has reportedly ordered four EC725 helicopters for Search and Rescue (SAR) missions. The €100 million deal was announced by Thai deputy prime minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa on 29 August, quoted by the French media.
Fielding of Russian Special-Mission Aircraft Delayed Until 2013-2014
The Russian Air Force has contracted the Tupolev design bureau to develop and produce two prototypes of special-mission versions of its Tu-214 commercial transport aircraft, designated Tu-214R, developed under the codename ‘Project 141’.
India Launches a SAR Satellite Risat-1
The Indian Space Research Organization launched yesterday the second radar imagery satellite, and the first indiginously built by the country's space research organization (ISRO)....
Vision-2020 – The Next Step for India’s Military Space Programs
Intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, communication and navigation as the thrust areas for India's Defence Space Vision 2020 Phase-I to be met by the year 2012. However, even these basic capabilities will remain inadequate in the absence of devoted military satellites
Asia Pacific Defense Update – November 21, 2011
Washington to Transfer an F-16 Squadron to Indonesia | India is Set to Test Fly the Nirbhany Cruise Missile in early 2012 | India Launches New Generation Strategic Missile Agni 4 | India Plans to Beef Northern Border Surveillance with SAR | Malaysia Considers Expanding Su-30MKM Combat Roles | Malaysia Considers Equipping its F/A-18D with AIM-9X Super Sidewinder | Taiwan’s Surveillance Radar Program Faces One Year Delay \ Canberra Wants a Sixth Globemaster III for the RAAF | More Ammo for the Carl Gustafs | Poland delivers Four Swidniks to the Philippines
Refined SAR Imagery Yields new Wide-Area C-IED Surveillance Capability
A new technique that can remotely locate suspected IED sites over a wide area was developed by U.S. Navy scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD). The technique employs airborne polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), processing multiple polarization analysis at the pixel level, thus providing detailed information from SAR imagery obtained through airborne or satellite surveillance.