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24 Oct 11. Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully demonstrated advanced sensor and network technologies for the protection of fixed locations. Over five days of integration and testing, Northrop Grumman and its teammates fused data from more than 10 systems to form a common operational picture. Among the systems tested in realistic scenarios were SCORPION II Unattended Target Recognition Systems, the AN/ZPY-1 STARLite Tactical Radar-Lightweight, the Smart Integrated Vehicle Network (SiVAN) and FLIR’s Star Safire HD. Each sensor was directly connected to the others through a wireless mesh network, enabling information sharing and the handoff of targets from one sensor to another. Northrop Grumman’s Rotorcraft Avionics Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) performed the rapid integrations.
“Our demonstrations showed that we can make data from virtually any sensor available to the warfighter,” said Kay Burch, vice president of communications, intelligence & networking solutions for Northrop Grumman’s Land and Self Protection Systems Division. “Mission success depends on accurate information that enables a rapid response. With this level of integration, we can deliver a complete picture of the battle space and shorten the timeline from threat identification to action.”
As part of the exercise, Northrop Grumman demonstrated STARLite’s multiple scanning modes from a fixed tower. These modes allow the radar to track individuals and moving vehicles. STARLite also cued other non-collocated sensors during the testing.
27 Oct 11. Eurotech subsidiary Parvus Corporation announced that the DuraNET 1268 Gigabit Ethernet switch subsystem have completed high altitude and low temperature testing in accordance with (IAW) RTCA / DO-160G, Section 4.5.1 and Section 4.6.1, further validating airworthiness and reliability for this rugged COTS network switch. DO-160 is the standard for environmental testing of airborne equipment, particularly used by the commercial aerospace industry. DO-160 qualification was completed by a third-party test laboratory, subjecting the DuraNET 1268 to -55°C (-67°F) operation and altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,240 meter). This latest certification add to passing qualification test results previously performed per MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F, and MIL-STD-1275D methodologies that included extreme test levels of 7.98 g RMS random vibration and 40 g functional shock using test parameters that spanned fighter jet, helicopter, wheeled vehicle, and tracked vehicle platforms, water immersion testing to 1 meter, EMI/EMC compliance testing for conducted and radiated emissions and susceptibility, among other tests. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwire)
28 Oct 11. Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has developed the world’s most powerful radar for battlefield surveillance for use by the German Armed Forces. Owing to a combination of the latest technologies, this ground surveillance radar under the German Army designation “Bodenüberwachungsradar” (BÜR) can track movements on the ground, in the air close to the ground and over water, with previously unattainable precision, speed and reliability. After being accepted by the German Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) and a supplementary testing by the army, the ground surveillance radar development project was successfully completed with the delivery of two system demonstrators and a set of mobile workshop equipment. This proves the feasibility of the system and shows that the precondition for the planned procurement of 48 production BÜR systems are met.
“The BÜR system represents a quantum leap in the area of battle field surveillance,” explained Dr. Elmar Compans, Head of Cassidian’s Sensors & Electronic Warfare unit. Compans said, “With this, the German Army can close a gap in its capabilities in the area of inte