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06 Jul 17. Rafael adds laser hard-kill intercept capability to Drone Dome. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has introduced a directed-energy, hard-kill intercept capability to its Drone Dome micro- and mini-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) detection and neutralisation system.
The standard Drone Dome system comprises a RADA RPS-42 S-band multi-mission hemispheric radar, a Controp MEOS electro-optical (EO)/infrared surveillance suite, a communications package, and the C-Guard RD jamming and NetSense Wideband detection sensor systems developed by Netline.
The RPS-42 is a four-panel tactical air surveillance system delivering 360° coverage in azimuth and 90° in elevation, with a detection range of 30 km – including the detection of a minimum target size of 0.002 m2 at a range of 3.2km – and at altitudes from 30-30,00 ft. The RPS-42 is optimised to detect, track, and classify all classes of UAV. The NetSense Wideband sensor detects a broad range of transmission types, including short bursts and wideband/narrowband signals, with continuous, rapid scanning in the 20 MHz to 6 GHz frequency range, while the C-Guard RD blocks very high frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) UAV channels with reactive jamming technology (with up to 400 W of total radio frequency output power), and targets all possible links on standard ISM (industrial, scientific, and medical) and WiFi bands. At this level of capability, the UAV threat is neutralised by activation of directional GPS/GNSS and radio frequency inhibitor/jammer devices.
As currently demonstrated, the radar, communications suite, and camera are integrated with a command and control system by Rafael subsidiary mPrest. Leveraging the scalable fibre-optic laser technologies developed for Rafael’s Iron Beam mobile counter-UAV and counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar 50 kW High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) solution, Rafael has now introduced the ‘Lite Beam’ intercept capability to the Drone Dome system.(Source: IHS Jane’s)
06 Jul 17. Rostec’s TSNIITOCHMASH develops new combat suit for future soldiers. The Central Research Institute for Precision Machine Building (TSNIITOCHMASH), a part of Russia’s Rostec State, has demonstrated a new combat suit during an exhibition conducted at the National University of Science and Technology MISiS in Russia.
TSNIITOCHMASH showcased the new high-accuracy sniper system in two calibres at the exhibition, called ’10 Artifacts of the Future – Russian Promising Technologies’.
Commenting on the development, TSNIITOCHMASH director general Dmitry Semizorov said: “A year ago, Rostec State started an industrial design development trend in Russia.
“Based on Rostec’s concept, TSNIITOCHMASH and the Kinetika Center have developed a new-generation combat suit for the soldiers of the future.”
The combat suit includes an armoured digital helmet with an information screen and an armoured face protection mask.
It is also fitted with a bulletproof neck protector, a light titanium exoskeleton, flexible body armour, and protective footgear.
Several brand new technologies were tested for the production of the suit, Rostec stated.
TSNIITOCHMASH intends to continue working with the prototyping centre to develop designs of portable weapons and other combat suit types.
Techmash, which is also a part of Rostec, has recently developed a guided anti-submarine aerial bomb, called Zagon-2E.
Weighing 120kg, the 1.5m-long Zagon-2E aerial bomb can be used against submarines when they are surfaced, at periscope depth, or up to 600m below sea level.
The weapon descends on a parachute from an anti-submarine aircraft carrier, such as Il-38 and Tu-142M jets, and Ka-27 helicopters.
Rostec is involved in the development, production and export of high-technology industrial products designed for civilian and military appli