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04 Nov 14. China Develops Anti-drone Laser. China has successfully tested a homemade laser defence system specially targeting small-scale UAS flying at low attitude. The machine is able to shoot down various small aircraft within a two-kilometer radius and can do so in five seconds after locating its target, said a statement released Sunday by the China Academy of Engineering Physics, one of the system’s co-developers. Characterized by its speed, precision and low noise, the system is designed to destroy unmanned, small-scale drones flying within an altitude of 500-m and at a speed below 50m/s, it said. “Intercepting such drones is usually the work of snipers and helicopters, but their success rate is not as high and mistakes with accuracy can result in unwanted damage,” said Yi Jinsong, a manager with China Jiuyuan Hi-Tech Equipment Corp., a group under the academy spearheading the project. According to Yi, small-scale, unmanned drones are relatively cheap and easy to use, which makes them a likely choice for terrorists. In addition, concerns have been raised over drones engaged in unlicensed mapping activities and the affect this could have on military and civil aerial activities. The new laser system, which will either be installed or transported in vehicles, is expected to play a key role in ensuring security during major events in urban areas, the statement said, adding that a recent test saw the machine successfully shoot down more than 30 drones — a 100 percent success rate. The academy revealed that it was developing similar laser security systems with greater power and range. (Source: UAS VISION/Xinhuanet China Weekly)
06 Nov 14. Lockheed Martin has developed a modular sensor for turrets. INFIRNO is a 15-inch high-definition modular sensor, according to a company news release. It is equipped with optical sensors to track multiple long-range targets. “Unlike conventional 15-inch sensor systems, INFIRNO is truly modular, which allows users to upgrade system components and perform field maintenance without removing the sensor from the vehicle, aircraft or vessel on which it is installed,” Lockheed said. “This modularity reduces the need to transport entire systems to offsite locations for technology upgrades or repair and keeps critical mission capability in the hands of the warfighter.” INFIRNO is an internal Lockheed development project. “The system’s nine line replaceable units allow our customers to reduce overall life cycle cost and improve operational readiness and mission capability as new technology becomes available,” said Dana Rocca, turreted systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/ C4ISR & Networks)
06 Nov 14. Air defense systems take flight in Asia. Two new air defense systems are being tested in Asia. Chinese engineers have tested a laser capable of shooting down drones, state media reports, while the Singapore defense ministry announced it will deploy a tethered surveillance balloon to reinforce security. The Chinese Low Altitude Sentinel system is designed to be installed in vehicles for transport to densely packed urban areas. It can detect flying objects within a 1.2-mile radius and destroy within five seconds those flying below 1,600 feet at a speed less than 110 mph. Run on electricity and capable of being fired continuously, the system concentrates energy on a single spot to burn through surface materials and is expected to target drones flying over sensitive areas. Singapore’s helium-filled aerostat won?t engage, but will be equipped with radar equipment that can spot aircraft, boats and other threats from as far as 125 miles away. Deployed high enough to establish a clear line of sight despite increasingly taller buildings, the U.S.-made 180-foot-long blimp is operated by an eigh