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09 Aug 18. UgCS unveils new search pattern planning feature for unmanned aircraft systems developed in partnership with Airborne Response. New capability will allow drones to more effectively conduct search and rescue operations across a wide array of use case scenarios. UgCS, the world’s premier provider of mission planning software for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), together with public safety and disaster response UAS experts Airborne Response®, have developed a comprehensive search capability for drones that will allow remote pilots to more effectively conduct search and rescue operations using the UgCS platform. The new software enhancements will provide users with a variety of quickly customizable search patterns such as the “expanding square” and “creeping line” that can be easily deployed in emergency and non-emergency situations. Based on the flight altitude input by the operator, the UgCS software will automatically calculate key variables such as the course heading and track spacing necessary to provide the prescribed coverage area for a search target.
“As first responders, we are trained to develop an emergency search plan using time-tested and proven tactics,” says Tom “Oaty” Oatmeyer, Chief Pilot, Airborne Response. “The new enhancements to the UgCS mission planning software will allow remote pilots at every skill level to quickly plan and implement a professional search mission with a UAS.”
Oatmeyer, an air rescue expert with 28 years of experience piloting helicopters for both the U.S. Air Force and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue department, worked directly with the UgCS development team to bring the new features to fruition. As an aircraft commander, Oatmeyer is credited with saving over 150 lives during various emergency and disaster response operations.
“The new UgCS search feature is designed to make searching for a target with a drone as simple and reliable as possible,” according to Janis Kuze, Sales Director of SPH Engineering. “We look forward to continue working with the Airborne Response team to further enhance the software capabilities and implement additional search pattern features.”
Airborne Response and UgCS will be hosting a joint web conference on Thursday, August 16 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to officially unveil the new search features of the UgCS mission planning software. To register for the conference, please visit: webinar.airborneresponse.com. Additionally, Airborne Response and UgCS have reached an agreement for Airborne Response to offer the UgCS mission planning software, and associated training, to public safety and emergency response professionals throughout the U.S.
“When lives are on the line, every second counts,” asserts Oatmeyer. “UgCS now represents another valuable link in the UAS technology chain to enhance the public safety mission.”
09 Aug 18. No man’s land: How new tactics and robots will push U.S. Marines deeper into the fight. In was early April, and Marines with Kilo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment had just boarded an Air Force MC-130 aircraft at Fort Campbell Kentucky bound for the Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah. As the aircraft prepared to touchdown, the Marines quickly prepared target coordinates for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, system they had chained down in the belly of the plane. Once on the tarmac, the Marines rolled the rocket artillery system out the back and positioned it 1,300 meters away from the plane, fired two missiles at one target, and then readjusted to strike another. After nailing the targets with precision fire, the Marines withdrew and reboarded the plane with the HIMARS, back to Fort Campbell. The rapid air mobile HIMARS strike was all part of an experimentation to prep a force for a different kind of war. In the expanse of the Pacific, Marines would be decentralized and distributed across various ships, islands and sea bases.
“We think that we are going to have to operate small, fast and lethal,” Brig. Gen. Christian F. Wortman, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, said in a July roundtable. “And that we are going to need to be able to transition seamlessly from land-based locations back to sea base and from sea base locations to different locations ashore.”
The Corps is, in effect, prepping for a replay of the hellish island-hopping campaign it endured against the Japanese in World War II. But to survive in this future fight, the Corps has new technology at its fingertips: artificial intelligence, robots, and unmanned ground and aerial vehicles, and sophisticated drones that can cue networked weapon systems. The Corps in 2016 rolled out a wargaming tool kit for it’s new war fighting concept — it’s a fighting concept that is sitting on the commandant’s desk awaiting a signature. It includes new tactics and robotic technology that aims to maintain survivability in the next fight. Everything from robotic storage containers that can float on water and deliver supplies, to underwater drones, to floating bases that can house MV-22s and F-35s are being considered. Last fall, the Corps successfully fired HIMARS rockets from the deck of a U.S. Navy ship, underscoring the capability to operate the land-based artillery system at sea or aboard a floating barge base.
And the Marines are putting a slew of automated robotic technologies through testing with Combat Logistics Battalion 8 to test the feasibility of supplying Marines in far environments or remote island bases. Tech like an automated UH-1H Huey, drones that can ferry medical supplies and chow and driverless Oshkosh LVSR trucks, have already undergone some testing with the Corps. Automated supply lines can keep Marines out of lengthy and dangerous logistics convoys that could be interdicted by a growing Chinese naval capability, but also can ensure Marines dispersed across the Pacific will continue to receive chow and ammo. The Corps is also heavily relying on a new massive sea drone known as the MUX that will pack an early airborne warning system, allowing the Marines to operate independent of aircraft carriers. The MUX will boast electronic warfare capabilities but will also be networked to other ships and aircraft in its vicinity. As the future battle lies ahead, the Corps is readying its force through a serious of experimentation phases known as Sea Dragon to help the force restructure and select appropriate technologies to aid in the next battle. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
09 Aug 18. Local tech partnership key to AIR 2025 JORN upgrade. BAE Systems has announced that it will integrate customised software to strengthen the Jindalee Operational Radar Network’s (JORN) ability to protect Australia’s northern borders as part of the AIR 2025 Phase 6 program. BAE Systems has selected South Australian company Dedicated Systems to provide the software that will be integral to the upgrade of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). JORN provides long range, persistent wide area surveillance of aircraft and ships across Australia’s northern maritime approaches.
BAE Systems chief executive Gabby Costigan said, “The application of rapidly developing technology will help ensure Australia maintains a capability edge and superior situational awareness to ensure our northern approaches are secure.”
As part of the AIR 2025 project BAE Systems is undertaking the most significant system upgrade of the world-leading radar since it was accepted into service in 2003. The new software will significantly increase the area covered by the radar and the amount of information gathered for the Royal Australian Air Force.
This work will contribute important new knowledge for the major AIR 2025 JORN Phase 6 upgrade planned to start in 2018. The upgrade to the over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) network is designed to ‘open’ the system’s architecture enabling the insertion of next generation technologies and extend the operational life of JORN to beyond 2042.
An important part of the radar upgrade is the planned migration to a modular and scalable framework of open system architecture which will increase the reliability and performance of the radar. This will also enable much quicker system maintenance and upgrades and can be easily integrated with other software.
Through Dedicated Systems, software connectivity specialist RTI will provide a product called ‘Connext DDS’ as the framework for the software upgrade. This will be installed at the three radar sites (in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) over five years, with the industry standard software enhancing real time data distribution.
Costigan said, “Our all-Australian solution ensures a high level of industry participation and the application of rapidly developing technology.”
Dedicated Systems worked with RTI to validate the software modernisation for BAE Systems in a two-year demonstrator project to ensure it would meet the needs of the JORN upgrade. BAE Systems, Dedicated Systems and RTI are also collaborating to establish HF technology exports opportunities as part of the partnership.
JORN is a network of three remote OTHR radars located in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. The state-of-the-art defence system provides wide area surveillance at ranges of 1,000 to 3,000 km, and plays a vital role in supporting the Australian Defence Force’s air and maritime operations, border protection, disaster relief and search and rescue operations. The JORN network is owned and operated by the RAAF from the JORN Coordination Centre at the Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh, north of Adelaide, alongside BAE Systems Australia headquarters which are also located at Edinburgh. BAE Systems Australia has a team of more than 200 dedicated engineers and technicians committed to the ‘lifecycle’ of the highly sophisticated JORN capability providing hardware and software engineering development, manufacturing, 24/7 operational support and radar maintenance, logistics and operator training in some of Australia’s most remote areas.
Costigan elaborated further, “Together with our partners, we are committed to ensuring a high level of Australian industry and academic participation in JORN.”
BAE Systems Australia has been providing some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions for the Australian Defence Force for 65 years. The company employs around 3,500 people at more than 25 sites across Australia. Dedicated Systems was established in South Australia in 2003 and is a leading supplier of embedded systems software, firmware and hardware. The RTI Connext databus is a software framework that shares information in real time, making applications work together as one, integrated system. (Source: Defence Connect)
07 Aug 18. Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced its investment in Digital Alloys, Inc., a Burlington, Mass.-based company developing high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing systems that produce 3D-printed parts for aerospace and other production applications. Digital Alloys’ Joule Printing™ technology can rapidly combine multiple metals into each part, which enhances thermal, electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties. The process allows metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing products.
“Our investment in Digital Alloys will help Boeing produce metal structural aerospace parts faster and at higher volume than ever before,” said Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. “By investing in companies with emerging additive manufacturing technologies, we aim to strengthen Boeing’s expertise and help accelerate the design and manufacture of 3D-printed parts to transform production systems and products.”
Formed in January 2017, Digital Alloys developed a patented 3D-printing approach that avoids the cost and complexity of powder-based systems, and delivers higher resolution than other wire-based 3D-printing techniques.
“Our novel Joule Printing process is faster, more cost-effective, and more reliable than other approaches,” said Duncan McCallum, CEO of Digital Alloys. “Partnering with Boeing will make us a smarter, stronger company. We are committed to enabling Boeing and other leading manufacturers to create valuable new products quickly and at less cost by incorporating metal 3D printing into their production.”
Additive manufacturing generates value for Boeing by reducing the cost and time needed to design, build and deliver products to customers. Today, Boeing has more than 60,000 3D-printed parts flying on space, commercial and defense products. This investment is the latest example of the company’s commitment to additive manufacturing innovation.
Boeing HorizonX Ventures participated in Digital Alloys’ Series B funding round led by G20 Ventures, with participation by Lincoln Electric and Khosla Ventures. The Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment portfolio is made up of companies specializing in autonomous systems, energy and data storage, advanced materials, augmented reality systems and software, machine learning, hybrid-electric and hypersonic propulsion, and Internet of Things connectivity.
06 Aug 18. US Air Force to Use New Neuromorphic Supercomputer for AI Research. Mark Barnell, program manager of the Blue Raven project for AFRL, and Qing Wu, principal computer scientist for the Blue Raven project. In a joint effort with IBM, the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) unveiled the world’s largest neuromorphic supercomputer, Blue Raven, with the processing power of 64 million neurons. By 2019, AFRL expects to demonstrate an airborne target-recognition application developed using Blue Raven. The processors, which were developed by IBM with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), are divided across four individual printed circuit boards with 16 processors each. The boards are configured into a typical server chassis setup and feature high bandwidth data links.
Jeremy O’Brien, senior computer scientist for the AFRL information directorate, told Avionics he refers to Blue Raven as a supercomputer “because of its ability to simultaneously emulate detailed models of 64 million biological neurons and 16 billion biological synapses, and, most importantly, its ability to produce more meaningful outputs from sensory data inputs.”
Neuromorphic processors are based on the neuromorphic computing concept first introduced by Carver Mead, a professor of engineering and applied science at the California Institute of Technology. In 1986, Mead was one of two co-founders of Synaptics Inc., a company established to develop analog circuits based in neural networking theories for speech and vision recognition technologies. In 1990, he published his first work on neuromorphic electronic systems in Proceedings of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Engineers and computer scientists at AFRL will use Blue Raven to execute artificial intelligence and machine-learning algorithms. Blue Raven also provides a platform for research and development, testing and evaluation for applications in computational neuroscience for the U.S. Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies. The Air Force specifically wants to use its computing power to produce advancements in its combat capabilities and is evaluating its computing architecture for integration into onboard aircraft sensors.
Air Force Lt. William Murphy spent six months with IBM’s research team to serve as a liaison between the systems’ end-to-end IBM TrueNorth ecosystem. A key difference between BlueRaven and existing supercomputers is what the design team achieved in size weight and power. Blue Raven’s processing power only consumes 40 watts of power, which is the equivalent of a household light bulb, according to AFRL. It also consumes up to 100 times less energy when executing AI and machine-learning algorithms, said O’Brien. Blue Raven continues a growing trend among commercial and military aviation technology researchers focusing on future deployment of artificial intelligence and machine-learning applications for airplanes. Aitech Defense Systems, a major supplier of embedded computing to aerospace and defense OEMs, has its own general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU)-based A176 Cyclone supercomputer that uses NVIDIA’s Jetson TX2’s machine-learning capability to capture images in real time for unmanned aircraft systems. In the future, Aitech believes wide-angle and narrow-angle cameras can be equipped with artificial intelligence to detect moving objects.
Elsewhere, Boeing announced a collaboration with artificial intelligence technology provider SparkCognition to deploy future AI-based unmanned traffic management (UTM) applications. The two companies want to use artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to track unmanned aerial vehicles in flight and allocate traffic corridors for autonomous vehicles. Future airborne military applications for AI and machine learning can be enabled by the processing power of Blue Raven.
“Without new, incredibly advanced computing architectures like Blue Raven, real-time employment of AI, machine learning and autonomy capabilities in constrained and contested environments would be extremely challenging,” said O’Brien. (Source: UAS VISION/Aviation Today)
06 Aug 18. USAF Scientists Study Artificial Silk for Body Armor, Parachutes. Who doesn’t like to feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer? Inspired by the qualities of fibers found in nature, scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered here, and Indiana’s Purdue University are experimenting to develop a functional fiber that can be woven into sizeable, flexible fabrics using existing textile manufacturing methods. Researchers are studying the cooling and temperature regulation properties of natural silk in order to apply it to synthetic fibers such as artificial spider silk, which is both stronger than the polymer known commercially as Kevlar and more flexible than nylon.
Silk exhibits passive radiative cooling properties, meaning that it radiates more heat than it absorbs when in direct sunlight. On hot summer days, silk drops 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit when compared to reflective materials. The cooling fabric is of tremendous potential benefit to the warfighter wearing body armor. Body armor and parachutes are two articles in line to be constructed with artificial spider silk. Body armor is burdensome due to its heavy weight and the non-breathing material they are fabricated with. Parachutes constructed of the new material are stronger and able to carry larger payloads.
Estimates indicate that, while artificial spider silk may initially cost twice as much as Kevlar, the product’s minimal weight, incredible strength, elasticity and potential adaptability for other needs are characteristics that enhance its salability.
Aiding Warfighters’ Comfort
“Making the warfighter more comfortable by enhancing body armor is just one of the many improvements my team hopes to make by studying natural silk,” said Augustine Urbas, a researcher in the Functional Materials Division of the AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. “Understanding natural silk will enable us to engineer multifunctional fibers with exponential possibilities. The ultra-strong fibers outperform the mechanical characteristics of many synthetic materials as well as steel. These materials could be the future in comfort and strength in body armor and parachute material for the warfighter.”
Tents for forward operating bases could be composed of the natural material. This would enable the warfighter to work in a cooler environment.
Processing Silk Protein
Fibroin, a silk protein secreted by the silkworm, can be processed into a lightweight material for fabricating artificially engineered synthetic and optical materials. The structured optical materials can reflect, absorb, concentrate or split light enabling a material to perform differently in a specific situation. Understanding light transport and heat transfer will lead to various innovations. According to AFRL researchers, learning from silk to assist with developing material synthesis and design processes in the future is a great opportunity. (Source: US DoD)
03 Aug 18. Controlling Drones via Voice Channels. Drone communications must be stable and widely available, should cost as little as possible, and work reliably even when out of sight. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institute, HHI in Berlin have found a solution: call a drone. “miracle cure” fluctuates greatly, depending on the material used and the environmental factors. With a new measuring device, researchers now want to determine the photocatalytic effectiveness of surfaces more accurately and quickly, thereby increasing efficiency. Drone technology holds great promise. In the foreseeable future drones could replace delivery vehicles on the roads, in turn relieving the traffic burden and reducing CO₂ emissions. Drones would also make delivery routes considerably shorter and cut the time it takes for parcels to arrive. In the event of a fire, drones could fly ahead of firefighters and send them images of the situation at the site. There are many more probable scenarios for putting drones to work. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before drones can be rolled-out for large-scale commercial use.
A secure communication to control and determine their location remains a challenge. Today’s drones are typically controlled by regular remote control. The limited range of this solution, however, severely restricts the scope of where drones can be used. An alternative possibility would be to exchange information using data channels of the mobile network. But this option also has its flaws which, as things stand, rule out reliable, commercial use on a large scale. These channels are not designed to offer a constant, real-time connection; instead they provide a temporary connection sufficient for transferring data packets, to upload a website, for example. This means the connection is subject to frequent interruptions. What’s more, there’s a risk of network overload when the data channels are used in busy city centers or at major events.
Another solution would be to set up a drone-specific infrastructure for controllers to communicate with the devices. But in addition to the complexity and expense this would involve, the radio resources required for this endeavor are scarce. The available frequency ranges are often plagued by disruptions and capacity overloads, making a solution of this kind neither a safe, secure nor economically feasible option.
Experts from Fraunhofer HHI, however, have developed a solution that is stable, affordable, not limited in range, and essentially, ready to go: controlling drones using the voice channels in mobile networks. “A major advantage is that – unlike the data connections – the voice channels are available almost everywhere and they’re highly reliable, too,” explains Tom Piechotta, research associate at Fraunhofer HHI. “Even in areas where there is only a limited data connection, or even none at all, there is usually still network coverage for voice channels.” An additional benefit is the near absence of any extra costs involved, because no new infrastructure or special contracts with network providers to prioritize data connections are required. A simple audio connection is all that is needed – as already exists with every prepaid sim card. Drone control works on the basis of two-way communication: controllers on the ground transmit commands to the device, and the device returns information on its position, altitude or battery status. “Relatively speaking, the control commands and positioning information are fairly small amounts of data, but they must nevertheless be transmitted reliably,” says Piechotta. “We convert the commands into audio signals, in much the same way as modems used to. A small module on the drone then translates the audio signal back into a command. Transmitting the information in this way is extremely favorable given that it works in real-time and is highly resilient to failures and connection disruptions. Another advantage is that no new radio standards or infrastructure are required; the requisite technology is already available today – all over the world.” Since the information is transmitted via standard mobile networks, a connection to the drone can be established at almost any point on earth – it’s no different to making a long-distance phone call.
Future-proof control in real time
But how can you control a drone when it is out of sight, perhaps even on the other side of the world? The drone’s location can be visualized using an online map service such as Google Maps. Also shown on the map are the drone’s position and altitude, which the device transmits in real-time. Another option is to install sensors on the drone to detect and avoid unexpected obstacles, such as other drones, helicopters, or cranes. Drones can be controlled either by an operator on the ground, or by using transmitting waypoints. The latter option is particularly appealing for applications such as parcel delivery.
“With our system we rarely come across any dead spots. If a network is down, the connection switches to another mobile communications standard, from LTE to GSM or UMTS, for example. If the connection is lost, the drone has an automatic call-back function that activates almost immediately,” explains Piechotta. ” (Source: UAS VISION/Phys Org)
02 Aug 18. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division today announced the MPMC-9323/EWS Silver Palm, a new addition to its family of open architecture COTS based EW/RF tuner mission computers. To address today’s emerging Electronic Warfare (EW) threats, system integrators seek to deploy the maximum number of RF channels, supported with supercomputing-class processing in a chassis small and light enough to minimize the platform’s SWaP burden. Curtiss-Wright is the first company to collaborate with Silver Palm to design a compact, EW/RF tuner mission computer that uses a SWaP-optimized, COTS-based open architecture to lower the cost of ownership and reduce program risk. This new compact design eases the deployment of EW hardware solutions to the warfighter and speeds the development for system integrators. This RF tuner-based EW System (EWS) is ideal for countering emerging battlefield threats in SIGINT, COMINT, and ELINT applications. The MPMC-9323/EWS Silver Palm features an ideal combination of solutions. It integrates the Silver Palm Technologies SP-8344 20 MHz-6 GHz Quad Tuner with Digital IF, a Curtiss-Wright Xilinx® Kintex®-7 XF07-523 FPGA mezzanine module, and an Intel® Xeon® D-based CHAMP-XD1 DSP engine, to provide end-to-end data flow and enables the customer to focus on their application instead of the integrated hardware architecture. Even better, this EW/RF tuner mission computer is packaged in Curtiss-Wright’s 2-slot 3U OpenVPX MPMC-9323 Mission Computing System. This rugged chassis, a compelling SWaP-optimized solution – 10.5” x 5.9” x 7.7” volume and weight of 18 lb. – is designed to meet or exceed the most demanding thermal requirements.
The MPMC-9323 chassis’s PSU3-THOR power supply also provides system designers with two additional XMC sites that can be optionally configured to support Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports (via an XMC-651 Ethernet Switch) or up to terabytes of data storage (via an XMC-554 SSD Flash Memory card), depending on customer application requirements. To support the SP-8344 Quad Tuner module’s high performance RF bandwidth, this EWS is Curtiss-Wright’s first mission computer to support the new VITA 67.3 subminiature blind-mate multicoaxial RF backplane connectors which deliver new levels of RF bandwidth and signal density.
“Our pre-integrated COTS mission computers speed the deployment of cost-effective, proven solutions to the warfighter,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense Solutions division. “To meet the demands of EW system integrators who need to deploy the maximum number of RF channels in as small an envelope as possible, we are excited to announce our collaboration with Silver Palm Technologies to combine their new Quad Channel SP-8344 3U OpenVPX RF Tuner with our best-in-class DSP engine and FPGA processor modules in a compact rugged chassis.”
About the Silver Palm SP-8344
The SP-8344 is a modular conduction-cooled 3U VPX quad tuner. It includes four 20 MHz to 6 GHz tuners and a four-channel IF digitizer and FPGA. A 250 Msps digitizer is connected to each tuner and is capable of digitizing the 40 MHz tuner bandwidth. The digital data from the four tuners is provided in a VITA-49 compatible format over four Aurora lanes on the VPX backplane. The unit also includes an internal GPS-stabilized, 10 MHz reference, and a 1G Ethernet interface for control.
31 Jul 18. ARL seeks manufacturers for its galvanic aluminium powder. Key Points:
- Last year’s discovery will make it easier to store and transport hydrogen
- ARL could begin receiving industry licensing applications by September
The US Army believes the discovery last year by a team of its scientists for a new approach to creating hydrogen fuel from a nano-galvanic aluminium-based powder could have a significant impact on the energy economy. The discovery is now leading officials at the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to take a more proactive approach to seek out companies that can not only manufacture an aluminium powder to produce hydrogen, but who can use the material in their own manufacturing processes. The powder, which can be made into a tablet shape could overcome some of the greatest challenges of working with hydrogen, namely the difficulty in storing and transporting a flammable gas that must be pressurised, Joshua Houck, technology transfer action officer for ARL, told Jane’s.
“This technology allows us to keep hydrogen as a fuel source, in a solid form, that can be easily and safely transported,” Houck said. “What the [principle investigators] have done is create that first stepping stone as far as the fuel goes for that hydrogen economy.”
ARL has filed for a US patent as well as a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) that makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in a large number of countries by filing a single ‘international’ patent application instead of filing several separate national or regional patent applications, according to an ARL spokesperson. This application will allow the eventual patent licensees the option to begin the process to pursue international patent rights in those foreign countries in which they will conduct business. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
Oxley Group Ltd
Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide. The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting. It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.