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28 Sep 12. Telephonics Corporation announced the successful flight test of the AN/ZPY-4(V) Maritime Surveillance Radar (AN/ZPY-4(V)) upgraded with a Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI) mode. This radar is an enhanced version of the radar designed and built for the US Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout rotary wing Unmanned Aerial System. The successful 3.5 hour test was conducted at night using the Telephonics test aircraft. With the addition of the GMTI mode, the AN/ZPY-4(V) is the first lightweight, long-range, X-band radar capable of moving seamlessly from blue water, to shoreline, and to overland operations. The GMTI mode allows automatic detection and tracking of moving targets using state-of-the-art ground clutter cancellation techniques. The enhanced AN/ZPY-4(V) uniquely combines the ability to operate in a maritime environment and employ overland, multi-channel GMTI mode in an optimal size, weight, and power for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). These unique characteristics enable the AN/ZPY-4(V) to support UAV long endurance missions over land and sea, using a single radar sensor. Additionally, operation in a dense littoral target environment is supported using the U.S. Navy’s Ocean Surveillance Initiative (OSI) software that is fully integrated into the radar. This provides the unique integration of ship Automatic Information System (AIS) data providing rapid identification of threats with minimum operator workload. The AN/ZPY-4(V) is planned to include automated classification aids and sensor management capabilities being developed in cooperation with the U.S. Navy that will further improve Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance efficiency. (Source: ASD Network)

01 Oct 12. Aptima Demos Tools at GEOINT 2012 for Analysts to ‘Zoom-In’ and Find Meaning. IMAGINE™ delivers a novel way to interact with imagery using a multimodal, naturalistic environment. The IMAGINE software fuses voice, gestures, and touch commands within the context of the analyst’s tasks to improve spatial awareness and search performance. Conventional workflows that rely on window, mouse, and keyboard tools require users to re-orient themselves, disrupting their cognitive and visual momentum. More natural methods of interaction can reduce the effort required to operate software, allowing analysts to maintain focus on the task at hand. For example, analysts can drag, resize, and rotate images within the workspace using familiar multi-touch gestures, then point to a location on the image and use a quick verbal command to open a new window zoomed-in to that area. Alternatively, if the room is noisy or the user prefers touch interaction to voice, the zoom window can be added with a simple drag and drop motion. IMAGINE will also interpret and reason about users’ inputs and tasks to enhance and personalize the immersive experience, and better align with their workflow. (Source: ASD Network)

02 Oct 12. Vislink International announced the immediate availability of the military spec. Mantis MSAT, the world’s smallest and lightest satellite data terminal. At 12.5kg (27.5 lbs) MSAT is designed for one man operation in challenging operational environments. It is a rugged terminal, resistant to extreme environmental conditions, that is deployed from a single lightweight backpack. Initial military orders are now being filled and MSAT terminals are currently undergoing field trials for battlefield, command centre and special operations implementations. Vislink developed the military spec. MSAT to address demand from forces around the world that require a highly portable solution capable of delivering high bandwidth voice and data communications. Providing up to 5Mbps upstream data throughput, MSAT can be used to deliver high definition video intelligence in addition to standard voice and data requirements. Even in the most hostile op

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