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08 Jun 17. Russia to Present New Air Target Drone at MAKS-2017. Russian company ENICS will demonstrate a new aircraft target E17M at the coming air show MAKS-2017. The new target drone will substitute the older-generation one, E95M, surpassing it in flight and design characteristics.
“The new project has embodied the best experience of the batch-produced aircraft targets E2M, E95M, E22M and E08M”, the manufacturer’s spokesman told Mil.Today.
According to the interviewee, E17M is the advanced version of the ground-launched aircraft target E95M massively produced for combat training and tests of air defense systems.
In terms of its characteristics, the new target drone is better than its predecessor: flight speed is increased up to 400 kph. Maximum launch height is 1,500 meters above sea level, operating temperature is up to +50°C. The drone is capable to land on unprepared stony sites.
The designers added that such features were achieved thanks to the new type of fuel combined with the upgraded engine design. That helped to reduce the frontal resistance and positively affected flight and maneuvering properties.
E17M is capable to change appearance and be operated either with short wings for air-launch from helicopters, or with long ones for pneumatic launch
“Primarily, aircraft target drones are needed to test new missiles”, the anonymous expert of JSC Strela told Mil.Today. Using a new missile against the plane is expensive, target drones are much cheaper, he added
The ENICS representative said the E17M target would preserve all the best features of its predecessors:
“Assembling and dismantling without any tools, stand-alone operation and multiple-use capability. The new project will easily replace all available aircraft targets, as it is compatible with all launching and control facilities”.
“Our air target drones have proved themselves both on Russian and foreign markets”, summarized the company’s spokesman.
ENICS is engaged in designing, production, and massive delivery of unmanned aerial systems for different purposes. (Source: UAS VISION/Mil.Today)
08 Jun 17. German Heron TPs to be Controlled from Israeli Base. The Heron TP unmanned air vehicles that Germany will lease from Airbus Defence & Space and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will be operated from an Israeli air base. German crews will also be trained at the Israeli air force site, according to the commander of the service’s UAV academy – identified only as Lt Col S.
“We have already trained UAV crews from a number of countries including Germany,” he says. “They all want to learn from our vast operational experience in operating all types of UAVs under any possible condition.”
Deliveries of Heron TP systems for use by the German military will begin late next year, after a German court rejected a final appeal against the deal mounted by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. The nation’s parliament has yet to approve the funding for the programme, however.
The Heron TP deal will support international operations involving German personnel prior to the availability of a European-developed medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV from around 2025. (Source: UAS VISION/Flightglobal)
07 Jun 17. Rockwell Collins to provide Canadian Army’s DACAS system with joint-fires solution. The Canadian Army has chosen Rockwell Collins to deliver its Android-based joint-fires solution for the service’s digitally-assisted close air support (DACAS) system.
The joint-fires system will be provided to digitally connect airborne platforms and ground-based joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) using a smartphone.
Under the terms of the deal, Rockwell Collins will develop and service 100 joint-fires applications with the potential for follow-on options.
The company is expected to validate its first systems by mid-2017, allo