Sponsored by American Panel Corporation
American Panel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mercury Systems, and also known as Mercury Alpharetta, will be exhibiting at AUSA in Booth #7519. Mercury Systems will be exhibiting in Booth #1761. Please join us to discuss your display challenges.
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At AUSA American Panel is exhibiting our 8.00” x 20.00” Large Area Display (LAD), our 10.00” and 10.60” Armored Combat Vehicle (ACV) displays, and a 12.1” avionics display.
We will be able to discuss the recent UK Trial where we aligned the performance of a TECNOBIT / Grupo OESIA Optronics thermal imaging camera providing 10 bit video output to our APC 10.60” ACV Display Head Assembly (DHA), integrated into a Kent Modular Electronics (KME) Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) display unit also on exhibit, and rendering in native (not upscaled) 10 bit video. The Detection, Recognition and Identification (DRI) results were quite striking.
03 Oct 19. RFI Published by DARPA for Contractor Support of Launch Services. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a Request For Information (RFI) that seeks information for contractor support in the area of launch services, with the following characteristics:
- Launch is anticipated to take place in calendar year 2022.
- Desired orbit is circular, at 450 km +250/-150 km altitude, with an inclination of 125 degrees +/- 20 degrees or an inclination of 45 degrees +15 / -0 degrees.
- Upper stage will mechanically and electronically interface with a Government furnished payload. The launch vehicle interface specifications are in development and are anticipated to be finalized in first quarter calendar year 2020. The upper stage will be required to have its own electrical power system, guidance and control system, ground support communications, and attitude determination and control system. Preliminary requirements for the upper stage are as follows:
- The upper stage will mechanically interface with the payload using an interface similar to a lower ring for a 24 inch diameter Mark II Motorized Lightband (36 equally spaced UNF 1/4 -28 bolts on a 24 inch bolt center diameter)
- Electrical interfaces with the payload will be jointly designed with an associate payload contractor after contract award. It is envisioned that data interfaces will initiate power up of the payload, communication of power up built in test (BIT) results and initiation of payload deployment.
- The upper stage will have sensors capable of providing position knowledge within 100m.
- The upper stage will have sensors and attitude control propulsion capable of providing attitude control to within +/- 0.1 degrees in all axes.
- Nominal payload mass is 325kg, +150 / -125kg.
- Maximum payload volume is 1m x 1m x 2m.
- Payload may be classified and may include sight sensitive components.
- The payload separation system will be provided by the Government.
Submission instructions are contained within a PDF that may be viewed at http://DARPA-SNfirstname.lastname@example.org/ (Source: Satnews)
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09 Oct 19. Naval Group a founding partner in future Australian innovation hub, Australian Maritime Development Centre. Naval Group Pacific to collaborate with Government, academia and industry in world-class Australian R&D initiative to launch in Q1 2020
Naval Group Pacific has today joined sixteen partners in government, academic and industry enterprises, to sign a statement of principles for the future establishment of the Australian Maritime Development Centre (AMDC). The new best in class national research capability is set to become the science, technology and innovation centrepiece of Australia’s maritime and naval shipbuilding enterprise.
“Naval Group is incredibly proud to be part of establishing the world class centre of scientific research and development. For over 400 years Naval Group has been developing and refining new technologies and innovation, and we look forward to sharing our expertise and know-how with the region’s brightest minds. It’s our hope that together, we can simultaneously solve the industry’s most critical challenges and build upon Australia’s defence capability,” says Francois Duthoit, Vice President for International Development and Cooperation at Naval Group.
“Naval Group Pacific’s role in the Australian Maritime Development Centre is another symbol of our commitment to the ongoing growth of the Australian defence industry and maritime future.” Says François Romanet, CEO of Naval Group Pacific
Naval Group Pacific, Naval Group’s Sydney based subsidiary, leverages the dynamic R&D policy of its parent company to solve some of the local defence industry’s most critical challenges through initiatives such as the AMDC.
In support of Australia’s national security requirements, the Australian Maritime Development Centre plans to be positioned to augment the capabilities of Defence Science & Technology and serve the needs of the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Defence. Advancing Australia’s maritime science, engineering and technology capabilities, the AMDC will seek to foster industry wide gains through independent and collaborative research, open innovation and the development of new intellectual capital.
The AMDC follows a unique model originally launched by Naval Group in France with its Technocampus based in Nantes. The AMDC is a collaboration between ASC, CSIRO, Deakin University, Defence Innovation Network – NSW, Defence SA, Flinders University, Naval Group, The Government of New South Wales, The Government of Victoria, The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, The University of South Australia, The University of Sydney, Australian Maritime College of The University of Tasmania, and The University of Technology Sydney
08 Oct 19. Australian Navy launches industry engagement strategy. Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price and Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, have officially launched the Navy Industry Engagement Strategy at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2019 in Sydney.
Minister Price said Australian businesses were crucial to the success of the government’s $90bn Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which is creating 15,000 Australian jobs and greatly enhancing sovereign shipbuilding capability.
“Engaging our defence industry ensures our investments are contributing to the long-term viability of our shipbuilding industry and leveraging Aussie innovation,” Minister Price said.
“I am also making engagement with small business a top priority as they will be helping the major defence industries to deliver on our major investment plan. I made the case for our defence industries in Washington and London in recent weeks.”
VADM Noonan reaffirmed his strong commitment to partnering with defence industry to deliver Navy’s capability needs.
It is the Chief of Navy’s intent that the implementation of a Navy Industry Engagement Strategy, one that directly supports Plan Pelorus, will provide an ideal opportunity to regenerate, refocus and ultimately strengthen Navy’s relationship with industry and academia.
This strategy makes it clear that the Chief of Navy is focused on providing a clear direction of the Royal Australian Navy, and what its materiel needs and obligations will be in the future.
The Chief of Navy wants industry and academia to understand that what they are producing, no matter how big or how small, contributes to the bigger picture of Navy’s capability, and our national interest.
Together, the naval enterprise, industry and academia have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to nation-building and, in doing so, build a maritime capability that will underpin the long-term security and prosperity of Australia and our region.
“When we get this right, it will lead to increased opportunities for technology creation, innovation, and exploitation in our country. It will lead to an increase in Australian industry capability and capacity and will involve more Australians and more small businesses as we deliver and sustain leading-edge naval capability,” Navy’s official brief explained.
VADM Noonan said, “Without industry we don’t go to sea, we don’t fly our aircraft, and ultimately we are unable to defend Australia and our national interests. My vision is for Navy, industry and academia to become better partners that focus on transformational relationships and shared awareness to enable the best possible outcomes for Australia.”
The full details outlining Plan Pelorus and the Navy’s Industry Engagement Strategy are available here http://www.navy.gov.au/stategy/plan-pelorus-2022 (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Oct 19. Australian Attack Class subsystems contract signed. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price have announced the signing of a subcontract to support the design of components for the Attack Class submarines.
Defence Connect can confirm that Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia has signed a contract with the Commonwealth to support the $50bn SEA 1000 Attack Class submarine program.
The joint media release from ministers Reynolds and Price said, “This will support the operation and sustainment of the Attack Class while maximising the involvement of Australian industry. It is the first major equipment design subcontract awarded by Lockheed Martin Australia as the Combat System Integrator for the Attack Class.
“These are vital components of the combat system suite and builds on work Safran already conducts in Australia in the defence and civilian sectors. During the design phase, Safran will engage Australian suppliers Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems to provide design services.”
The Attack Class submarines will be delivered as part of the $50bn SEA 1000 Future Submarine program. Naval Group will build 12 regionally-superior submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
Naval Group’s successful Shortfin Barracuda design, which serves as the basis for the new Attack Class, is a conventionally-powered variant of the nuclear-powered Barracuda fast attack submarine currently under construction for the French Navy.
Lockheed Martin will provide the AN/BYG-1 combat control system, which provides an open-architecture submarine combat control system for analysing and tracking submarine and surface ship contacts, providing situational awareness as well as the capability to target and employ torpedoes and missiles.
The 12 vessels will be built by Naval Group at a specialist submarine shipyard at Osborne, South Australia. The Commonwealth government’s Australian Naval Infrastructure (ANI) program will support the development of the future submarine shipyards.
“In the future, Safran will establish a local capability for the production, integration and support of these subsystems in Sydney,” the joint release stated.
The Commonwealth government formally signed the strategic partnering agreement (SPA) with Naval Group in February 2019 ahead of confirming the final design specifications and requirements for the Attack Class submarines.
The Attack Class will enter service with the Royal Australian Navy at a time when 50 per cent of the world’s submarines will be operating in the Indo-Pacific region
Ministers Reynolds and Price stated, “This includes the design of the optronics search and attack, navigation radar and navigation data distribution subsystems.” (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Oct 19. IAF’s Sukhois to Get More Advanced Avionics, Radars. India plans to upgrade its fleet of Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets with more advanced avionics, radars and weapons to further bolster their combat capabilities, with detailed talks currently under way with Russia for the project. The IAF is also finalising with Russia the procurement of 12 more Sukhois to replace the ones lost in crashes, which will be built by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, as well as 21 additional MiG-29 jets that will cost around Rs 230 crore each.
“The Sukhois will be upgraded in near future to further enhance their operational capabilities,” said IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria. The IAF has so far inducted over 250 of the 272 Sukhois originally contracted in batches from Russia for well over $12bn, with the bulk of them being licensed-produced by HAL.
The Sukhoi upgrade project will include the latest avionics, a much more powerful radar “almost as good as an AESA (active electronically scanned array) one”, state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems and the like. “There will be new computer systems for greater weapon control and integration of new missiles and PGMs (precision-guided munitions),” said a source. Forty-two of the twin-seat Sukhois, which have a cruising of 3,200km or a combat radius of about 1,500 km without mid-air refuelling, are also to be armed with the supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles to constitute a deadly package of precision-strike capability from long or “stand-off distances”.
The IAF has based the fourth-generation “air dominance” Sukhois on both the western and eastern fronts, from Halwara, Jodhpur and Sirsa to Bareilly, Tezpur and Chabua, to cater for Pakistan and China. Along with the Mirage-2000s, the Sukhois are the most potent fighters in the country’s air combat fleet till the 36 Rafales get inducted under the Rs 59,000 crore deal inked with France in 2016. (Source: defense-aerospace.com/Times of India)
04 Oct 19. Saudi Arabia to recapitalise 4×4 fleet. Saudi Arabia has begun efforts to acquire a new range of 4×4 vehicles for use by multiple government organisations in a significant procurement programme. Speaking to Jane’s , SAMI CEO Andreas Schwer said that “by the end of the year, we will have selected a partner for the 4×4 vehicle and the future demands of Saudi Arabia, covering all the potential user groups such as the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of the Interior, [Saudi Arabian] National Guard, and other special services”. The procurement programme will also cover other user groups, such as the country’s critical national infrastructure security force. SAMI is to act as the system integrator for the new platform, with the Saudi government also working to get the wider supply chain ecosystem into the country. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
03 Oct 19. Japan’s ATLA details upcoming R&D projects. A Japanese F-2 fighter launching the indigenously developed ASM-3 anti-ship missile. The Japan Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has revealed new details about some of its main research and development (R&D) projects for the coming years.
ATLA officials told Jane’s on 3 October that the agency has requested funds for these projects, including JPY2.4bn (USD22.3bn) for fiscal year (FY) 2020 to conduct research on next-generation underwater mine detection technology. This six-year project is aimed at developing real-time signal-processing technology using low-frequency/high-frequency synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) for mine detection.
In 2018 Japan and France agreed to work on the specifics of this technology as part of a joint research project.
ATLA officials also said that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) asked for JPY800m for FY 2020 to develop a multi-purpose surveillance radar that would incorporate the roles of service’s low-altitude, coastal, counter-battery radar. The aim of this seven-year project is not only to develop a new radar capable of detecting weapons or platforms with a low radar cross section (RCS), but also to help reduce production and maintenance costs.
Officials also said that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) requested about JPY16.1bn for FY 2020 to extend the range of its first locally developed supersonic air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM), known as the ASM-3. The project is aimed at boosting Japan’s deterrence and is expected to be completed by FY 2025. The missile’s range is expected to be extended to more than 400 km from the current 200 km.
The ASM-3, which has an estimated top speed of Mach 3, was jointly developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the MoD in 2017 as a successor to Japan’s Type 93 series of missiles. It is expected to be carried by JASDF’s F-2 multirole fighters. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
American Panel Corporation
American Panel Corporation (APC) since 1998, specializes in display products installed in defence land systems, as well as military and commercial aerospace platforms, having delivered well over 100,000 displays worldwide. Military aviators worldwide operate their aircraft and perform their missions using APC displays, including F-22, F-18, F-16, F-15, Euro-fighter Typhoon, Mirage 2000, C-130, C-17, P-3, S-3, U-2, AH-64 Apache Helicopter, V-22 tilt-rotor, as well as numerous other military and commercial aviation aircraft including Boeing 717 – 787 aircraft and several Airbus aircraft. APC panels are found in nearly every tactical aircraft in the US and around the world.
APC manufactures the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Large Area Display (LAD) display (20 inch by 8 inch) with dual pixel fields, power and video interfaces to provide complete display redundancy. At DSEI 2017 we are exhibiting the LAD with a more advanced design, dual display on single substrate with redundant characteristics and a bespoke purpose 8 inch by 6 inch armoured vehicle display.
In order to fully meet the demanding environmental and optical requirements without sacrificing critical tradeoffs in performance, APC designs, develops and manufactures these highly specialized displays in multiple sizes and configurations, controlling all AMLCD optical panel, mechanical and electrical design aspects. APC provides both ITAR and non-ITAR displays across the globe to OEM Prime and tiered vetronics and avionics integrators.