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———————————————————————–20 Mar 12. Speaking at the Defence Logistics Conference being held in London from 26 to 28 March, Peter Hughes, Business Development Manager for WEW, the fuel and water solutions company, called for commonality and interoperability in fuel and water systems to be adopted. Military Load-Handling Systems have proved that platform commonality and interoperability are very clear wins. After load delivery it is in everyone’s interests to ensure that the supply of fuel and water, those most basic of war-fighting requirements, is readily available to all involved, no matter what the platform or whose army is the service provider. This is especially the case with today’s largely coalition operations. Whilst most soldiers adopt the attitude of necessity being the mother of invention, it is very often the case that those involved in fuel and water logistics frequently find themselves challenged by the “User Interfaces”, or points of delivery and especially maintenance. WEW, well known for its’ PLS and camp infrastructure fuel and water systems, has delivered many solutions to numerous different armies around the world. Almost all the units delivered currently have subtly differing specific requirements and modes of operation, which could lead to potential difficulty in Forward Operating Areas. The main thrust of Peter’s presentation at Defence Logistics Europe this year will be to discuss many of these issues when it comes to the supply of the basic fuel and water capability for expeditionary operations. Whilst it is understood that today’s largely asymmetric warfare requires innovative and advanced solutions for the war-fighter, maybe the logistics chain could be greatly simplified through adoption of a harmonised approach in this basic area.
23 Mar 12. Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS) has announced the availability of SoftScan/1905, its new integrated embedded Radar Acquisition and Scan Conversion system that combines the company’s unique SoftScan™ radar scan conversion software and a rugged, high performance COTS 6U VME single board computer (SBC). SoftScan/1905 hardware comprises a 6U VME CWCDS SVME-1905 SBC and an XMC-710 graphics controller mezzanine card. The system’s display controller supports dual-head graphics output on DVI-I single-link (dual-head output) or dual-link (single-head output), with resolutions up to 1600×1200 (single link) or 2560×1600 / 2048×2048 (dual-link, single head). The SoftScan software, which is supported on both PC-based systems for application development and embedded platforms for system deployment, uses advanced GPU-accelerated algorithms to deliver unmatched scan-conversion performance while off-loading the host processor. This enables the SBC’s main processor to be primarily dedicated to the processing of the customer’s computationally demanding application code. SoftScan radar scan conversion supports polar format radar data input either via its network interface from a CWCDS Radar Video Processor (RVP) server or via an optional on-board Osiris PMC radar acquisition card. Plan Position Indicator (PPI), A-scan and B-scan display formats are supported with rapid pan and zoom. SoftScan’s powerful proprietary algorithms eliminate holes or spokes in the displayed image at any range or zoom level. SoftScan also ensures that all single point targets are displayed. Multiple windows may be created, each displaying multiple radar sources, and all windows are movable and resizable in real time. SoftScan is implemented as a set of libraries enabling the user to create applications with one or more windows into which rendered radar video is displayed in PPI, A-scan or B-scan format. Additional video data, such as charts and track symbology, can be added to these windows as overlay and underlay layers. The API provides real-time control of all radar display