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21 Jun 17. Mission preparation system for the RAFALE and Mirage 2000. Altran and Luciad team with Dassault Aviation for the creation of a new mission preparation system for the RAFALE and Mirage 2000. The chosen mission preparation system OPERA combines high-performance software with an intuitive interface. The relevance and accuracy of geographic information is a key component for mission success. This system makes it possible to prepare a mission by supplying pilots with all necessary information (aerial photographs, satellite coverage of terrain, aeronautical charts, 2D/3D topography, targets, allied and enemy troops, etc.). OPERA also allows the mission to be rehearsed in order to validate tactical choices. Once this stage is completed, data are converted to a dedicated format for uploading to mission calculators. In addition to its software performance, the system supplied by Altran and Luciad provides a functional and intuitive user interface.
“The visual geospatial analysis tool, ‘LuciadLightspeed’ takes into account every one of our data formats,” explained Salvador Lopez, Head of OPERA program at Dassault Aviation. “Furthermore, this product offers 2D, 3D and 4D capabilities. Its performance, precision, and handling of data in real time are features that Dassault Aviation found compelling. Its intuitive user interface made it possible to quickly deploy it among our development teams with the expertise of Altran’s aeronautics consultants.” (Source: ESD Network)
21 Jun 17. Hybrid power station in 15th Spring Storm IDE’s (INTRACOM Defense Electronics) latest product technology was put to test by the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) during the “15th Spring Storm” exercise. In this exercise, which took place in Estonia, the EDF assessed the performance of its current infantry battalion made up of soldiers in compulsory service in different scenarios and situations before they then join the reserve. In total 9,000 military personnel of the EDF, from NATO member-countries as well from other countries such as Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, UK and USA as well as air forces from Belgium, Poland, Spain and USA participated. IDE’s tactical mobile hybrid power station was also tested during the exercise, primarily focusing in its performance for significantly reduced fuel consumption and maintenance requirements and also for its operational capability to provide power during covert operations. The Hybrid Electrical Power System (HEPS) product family is the result of IDE’s research and development activity in the field, offering power supply solutions for stationary and mobile applications, as well as customized integrated solutions for military vehicles. HEPS optimise power availability, utilising intelligent power management and storage techniques, reducing downtimes and ensuring that power can be available on demand for hours without thermal or aural trace. (Source: ESD Network)
21 Jun 17. Rockwell Collins partners with QinetiQ for satellite receivers. Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ are partnering to develop next-generation, multi-constellation, open-service and secure global navigation satellite system receivers.
“The family of receivers being developed will provide military, government and professional users the flexibility of selecting relevant GNSS capability to meet operational, geographical or budgetary needs and provide never-before-available GNSS accuracy and timing,” according to a Rockwell Collins news release.
“Rockwell Collins is a global leader in secure military GPS receivers and QinetiQ is a recognized expert in the field of open service solutions with access to critical satellite navigation system technologies that enable the development of multi-constellation solutions,” Rockwell Collins said. (So