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19 Aug 13. Raytheon Company will demonstrate the integration of commercial smartphones and tablets with the INTEROP-7000™ Suite at APCO International 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. Developed using open standards, INTEROP-7000 enables police, fire and rescue professionals to use commercial smartphones and tablets integrated with existing communications equipment, such as land mobile radios. Raytheon’s INTEROP-7000 also positions public safety to become part of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet will provide the first nationwide public safety broadband network. Twisted Pair Solutions’ WAVE® Mobile Communicator app — which turns any Android™, Apple® iOS®, BlackBerry® and Windows Mobile® smartphone into a multi-channel land mobile radio handset for secure, on-demand push to talk communication — has been integrated into the INTEROP-7000. This provides public safety with an additional method of secure communication that goes beyond the boundaries of its current land mobile radio network. Raytheon’s INTEROP-7000 provides customers an easily controlled, cost effective upgrade path to APCO P25 standard land mobile radio systems and broadband communications by providing links between existing and upgraded equipment. Customers can choose when they want to upgrade and what vendor equipment they want to upgrade to. With the cornerstone of interoperability, different departments can utilize different radio systems and be able to securely communicate with each other.
23 Aug 13. Cutting-edge military equipment and hardware – some of it too secret for the public eye – was featured at the Russian Defence Ministry’s Innovation Day fair in Moscow. Androids, UAS prototypes, and thin impenetrable armour were revealed to visitors. More than 260 design bureaus, research institutes, and student labs presented their pet projects during the Tuesday fair. The ground-breaking technologies were often described as bearing hallmark Russian features – smart, reliable, and robust. While the America is considered to be world’s UAS leader, boasting a fleet of combat UAS, each of these machines are costly for the country’s military budget.
Such limitations did not hinder Russian students from the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), who designed a low-cost, easy-to-use unmanned attack helicopter. The rotorcraft UAS prototype, (photo above) dubbed “Raven-333” in the MAI, has a simple robust design, but it can actually be turned into a deadly remote-controlled machine equipped with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and grenade launcher. It also comes with thermo visors, gas, and hyperspectral sensors to detect targets within a 10km radius. Russia’s prominent jet manufacturer, MiG, also presented its latest UAS model “Skate” – named after the marine animal. It is said to be an improved stealth aircraft with combat capabilities. “Skate” is catapult-launched, and does not need a remote pilot, as the built-in software allows it to operate in automated mode. The design bureau says it is at the same time working on detection technologies which would enable the Russian army to intercept any UAS species in its airspace.
(Source: UAS VISION)
19 Aug 13. Vislink, the global provider of satellite communications technologies, announced the immediate availability of a motorised version of its Mantis MSAT satellite data terminal. A rugged product that’s resistant to extreme environmental conditions, the MSAT is designed to operate in any environment, anywhere in the world.
Following the successful launch of the military-spec Mantis MSAT last year, the new Motorised MSAT adds the option of a 120cm reflector. It also provides improved data throughput rates of up to 10Mbps, making the MSAT the ideal system for surveillance missions in challenging or hostile environments. With simultaneous three-axis motorisation and one-butto