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20 Dec 12. General Dynamics Mediaware has delivered two video capture and exploitation D-VEX systems to the Australian Army, enhancing the distribution of mission-critical, actionable intelligence among Australian troops and coalition forces. The systems have been integrated into the Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) operating in Afghanistan. D-VEX is a versatile and portable video exploitation system that captures and manages full motion video from airborne surveillance platforms. Designed for in-theater operations, the system also works with commercially-available compact mobile hardware, such as a laptop. With the ability to record and index video with metadata to derive real-time actionable intelligence, D-VEX provides users with detailed forensic analysis through its comprehensive search and mark-up capabilities. D-VEX also supports open defence standards, including the Motion Imagery Standards Profile (MISP) and STANAG 4609. (Source: ASD Network)
17 Dec 12. BAE Systems’ PHOENIX-2C radios successfully provided tactical networking capabilities during recent U.S. Army exercises, enabling soldiers to communicate more than 20 kilometers, double the mid-tier network requirement. Fully interoperable with other Joint Tactical Radio Systems currently in use, the PHOENIX radios were tested earlier this month at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. Using PHOENIX radios, soldiers can communicate voice, data, and video for enhanced battlefield awareness. The high-throughput family of radios includes three variants which allow for multiple configurations – a two-channel with SINGCARS, a two-channel, and a four-channel that each uses the next-generation, government-owned Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) and Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW). With the robust WNW, all PHOENIX variants provide full anti-jam modes to protect communications in hostile environments and when using jammers such as CREW. This off-the-shelf radio system offers a low size, weight, and power design that integrates easily into the SINGCARS radio space already allotted on U.S. Army ground combat vehicles. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
17 Dec 12. The Indian Air Force will install anti-collision technology in all aircraft procured from now on, according to Defence Minister A.K. Antony.
“The type of equipment will depend on the role and operational employability of the aircraft,” Antony wrote in a Dec. 17 letter to Parliament. So far, anti-collision devices have been installed in all the Air Force’s very very important person (VVIP) aircraft. “The Indian Air Force presently operates Embraer executive jets and Boeing business jets for VIP duties. All these aircraft are equipped with traffic alert collision avoidance systems and ground proximity warning systems,” Antony wrote. “The total cost of procurement of these aircraft and the associated equipment is inclusive of the collision avoidance systems mentioned above.” (Source: Defense News)
18 Dec 12. Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, introduces its CTx-II COFDM Transmitter, which now features Bluetooth® capabilities. The CTx-II is an ultra-small, low-power, SD, COFDM video/audio transmitter with standard selectable modulation bandwidths of 6, 7 and 8 MHz. It features H.264 SD encoding and operates in the standard 2k DVB-T COFDM mode. The IMT CTx-II Transmitter can be operated in 1.25- or 2.5-MHz narrow bandwidth COFDM (NBCOFDM) modes (optional). This mode uses the RF spectrum more efficiently, permitting more transmitters to be used simultaneously, or their useful range to be extended. Narrow bandwidth also delivers an extended usable range without requiring additional power output. This saves battery power