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21 Feb 13. Rafael launches Samson Knight combat networking concept. A new networking kit to improve the collective self-defence capabilities of mobile tactical units (such as armoured vehicle platoons, mobile weapons platforms, and combat logistic patrols) is under development in Israel. Preliminary details of the system, known as Samson Knight, were given at the Defence IQ International Armoured Vehicles 2013 conference held in Farnborough, UK, in February. In his presentation, Gillon Shaer, marketing and business development manager of Rafael’s Land Warfare Systems Directorate, characterised Samson Knight as “a suite for immediate collaborative closure of the engagement loop”. It typically performs using target hand-off between vehicle sights, intelligence, surveillance target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) sensors, remote weapon stations (RWS), and electro-optically guided missiles, making use of image-processing technology. Shaer noted Rafael’s experience in the latter field embraces capabilities developed for the Litening airborne target acquisition, designation, and reconnaissance pod. On the naval side it has been able to draw on the sensing and engagement techniques developed for its Protector armed unmanned surface vessel, while on the land side the company has practical experience of closed-loop defence systems such as the Iron Dome counter-rocket and mortar system and the Trophy vehicle-borne active protection system.
(Source: Jane’s)

04 Mar 13. Lockheed Martin has withstood a challenge from Boeing and Raytheon to take over management of the U.S. Navy’s vaunted Aegis combat system, and was rewarded Monday with a $100m contract as the Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent (CSEA). The award climaxed the first major competition for the Aegis system, which was developed by the Navy and Lockheed in the 1970s and managed by the company ever since. Raytheon and Boeing also submitted CSEA bids late in 2011, hoping to gain one of the keys to continue development of one of the most significant combat systems ever developed. (Source: Defense News)

05 Mar 13. Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions introduced the newest member of its Skyquest™ family of rugged mission displays for airborne platforms. The new feature rich 21.5” Skyquest™ AVDU5500 is the company’s largest high definition (HD) display to date. This next generation video display with touchscreen is designed for the most demanding helicopter and fixed wing applications. Featuring a wide array of digital and analog inputs, the AVDU5500 easily connects to the market’s leading electro-optical turrets, either directly or via any of Curtiss-Wright’s sophisticated Skyquest™ VMS video distribution units. The AVDU5500 delivers full HD 1080p resolution and provides market leading features and performance designed specifically for the demands of defense and law enforcement surveillance, search and rescue applications and the extended environmental characteristics demanded by airborne platforms.

07 Mar 13. Raytheon Company will demonstrate the new ISSI capability of its INTEROP-7000™ Interoperability Gateway at the International Wireless Communications Expo in Las Vegas. The P25 ISSI (Inter RF Subsystem Interface) adds another dimension to Raytheon’s interoperability gateways that allow police, fire and rescue personnel on disparate radios to communicate with one another using their current equipment.
“Interoperable communication among first responders is paramount during emergency situations,” said TJ Kennedy, director of Public Safety and Security for Raytheon’s Network Centric Systems business. “Raytheon’s new INTEROP-7000 Interoperability Server can connect first responders now, allowing the continued use of existing hardware while providing agencies the flexibility to choose their own timeline for upgrading equipmen

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