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12 Oct 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation is introducing a new Hybrid Navigators product line for aircraft that will include the LCR-100N and LCR-110 fiber-optic inertial navigation system/global positioning system (INS/GPS). These new products provide navigation information regarding the aircraft’s position, heading and attitude. They are derived from Northrop Grumman’s successful LCR-100 Attitude Heading Reference System, but incorporate significant performance improvements, including increased accuracy of inertial measurement units and enhanced utilization of GPS satellite data. In addition, these products help aircraft operators take advantage of Single European Sky and NextGen, the modernization initiatives for air traffic management systems, as they shift from radar-based to satellite network controls. The products enable aircraft to follow highly precise routes, which are needed for Required Navigation Performance, a key component of the modernization efforts.
13 Oct 11. SpiderTech tests sensor web. Israel’s SpiderTech has begun the first phase of operational testing of its buried seismic unattended ground sensors (UGS) in a settlement site on the West Bank. The head of SpiderTech, Yariv Orly, told Jane’s that this initial trial is relatively small scale, with only 10 of the UGS covering about 200 m, but that he hopes to expand the test by opening up a second site in another area covering about 1 km in November. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)
21 Oct 11. Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, introduces a new security radar into the market which opens up completely new opportunities for the wide-area protection of sensitive industrial or military installations. As part of Cassidian’s SPEXER security radar family, the new SPEXER 1000 has been launched during the Milipol exhibition in Paris. “Our new radar is the first operational security radar using the latest digital beam forming (DBF) technology, which enables the early detection even of single pedestrians in all weather conditions”, explained Elmar Compans, Head of Cassidian Sensors & Electronic Warfare. “Thus, SPEXER 1000 gives police or security forces additional reaction time in order to deal with illegal intruders.”
SPEXER 1000 is a security radar optimized for surveillance of critical infrastructure such as oil fields, power plants, harbors, airports or military camps. With an instrumented range from 0.1 to 18 km and an extremely high update rate it is able to detect suspicious movements on the ground, in the air or over sea at a very early stage. This is in particular true for very small and slowly moving objects that are reliably detected as SPEXER 1000 exploits high doppler resolution. This ensures a superior surveillance performance and a high level of situational awareness. Due to its low weight, the radar can be deployed in mobile applications on a tripod or a vehicle, e.g. to monitor specific vulnerable spots in a fast electronic-scanning mode without moving antenna. The radar has been successfully tested by a European military customer. It is part of Cassidian’s SPEXER security radar family which consists of several sensors, each optimized for specific applications in the fields of border, infrastructure, perimeter and coastal surveillance. A specific version for border surveillance, SPEXER(tm) 2000, is under production for a huge border surveillance system in the Middle East; a military version has been developed for the German Army.
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