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17 Oct 19. BIRD Aerosystems presents RCD. BIRD Aerosystems has developed a Radar Control and Display (RCD) for Hensoldt’s PrecISR multi-mode radar family. The company will present the RCD along with its Mission Management System (MSIS) at Seoul ADEX 2019, demonstrating integration with the Hensoldt PrecISR 1000 radar. BIRD’s RCD and MSIS provide the operator interface to control and manage Hensoldt PrecISR radars. The data from the PrecISR radar is collected and processed by BIRD’s MSIS, which automatically classifies, prioritises and displays the information gathered from the radar along with additional information from other onboard sensors. This enables airborne ISR operators to accomplish large surveillance area coverage and a complete surveillance mission in one flight attitude.
Together, BIRD’s RCD integrated into BIRD’s advanced MSIS manages the complete mission and enables airborne, naval and ground units to share real-time information. Using advanced algorithms and an intuitive, human-machine interface, BIRD’s RCD and MSIS reduces mission crew workload, enabling the crew to efficiently perform detection and classification of relevant targets.
Ronen Factor, co-chief executive officer and founder, BIRD Aerosystems, said: ‘Designed by the most experienced mission operators, BIRD’s RCD and MSIS reduces the operator workload and enhances the operational experience of our customers. BIRD Aerosystems provides turn-key solutions that are specifically tailored for the needs of each customer, and we are honoured that Hensoldt has selected BIRD to develop the control interface for its PrecISR multi-mode radar family.’ (Source: Shephard)
16 Oct 19. Raytheon, WEYTEC team to co-develop the next-generation air traffic control workstation. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has signed a teaming agreement with WEY Technology (WEYTEC), a global leader in advanced data visualization and operator control solutions, to co-develop the next-generation air traffic controller workstation called Multi-platform ATC Re-hosting Solution, or MARS.
“As the skies grow more crowded, controllers need the best technology to efficiently manage the airspace,” said Matt Gilligan, vice president, Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Not only will MARS workstations make their jobs easier, they will make the world’s airspace system safer.”
Today in the U.S., air traffic controllers use Raytheon’s Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, or STARS, to provide safe and efficient aircraft spacing and sequencing guidance for more than 40,000 departing and arriving aircraft daily at both civilian and military airports.
The Raytheon-WEYTEC team aims to replace the current systems, and similar ones abroad, with advanced, modern workstations that seamlessly integrate flight-critical applications, such as surveillance, weather, flight and airport data, onto touchscreens for enhanced airspace management.
WEYTEC, a Swiss company, brings smart tech to airport command and control centers around the world through the transmission, control, distribution and display of real-time data critical to efficient flight operations.
“Our integrated keyboard, video, and mouse switch solutions are autonomous, scalable, and IP-based, which makes them ideal for complex multiscreen workplaces like those found in air traffic control management,” said Armin Klingler, Chairman of the Board of WEY Group AG.
16 Oct 19. AKHAN demos diamond coating technology for weapons countermeasure. AKHAN Semiconductor and partner Lockheed Martin have demonstrated the capability of a new diamond-based coating technology to act as a countermeasure to directed energy weapons. The demonstration was made at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Expo in Washington DC. The diamond coating technology is touted as a new solution to increase the survivability of manned and unmanned military aircraft systems.
Headquartered in Illinois, US, AKHAN is involved in the fabrication of electronics-grade diamonds as functional semiconductors.
AKHAN Semiconductor CEO and founder Adam Khan said: “The opportunity to apply our technology to serve our nation’s security and defence is an honour not taken lightly.
“We are extremely grateful to be working with Lockheed Martin to demonstrate the capabilities and myriad applications of our Miraj Diamond coatings.”
The diamond coating is meant for use in control systems and cockpit areas. The technology will serve as a countermeasure to electromagnetic, kinetic and laser energy weapons.
While AKHAN provided its diamond coating, Lockheed Martin’s contribution to the partnership involved supplying the testing environment.
The partners tested the technology by simulating the force exerted by these weapons upon coated and uncoated fused silica samples.
AKHAN noted that unlike the previous coating systems, the diamond coating will not have issues with delamination, degradation and fluctuating optical transmissivity.
The company also highlighted the importance of multilayer anti-reflective coating systems in military aerospace sensor and detector applications.
The technology demonstrated is said to provide new capabilities in optical sensing, detecting and transmission.
Commenting on the development, AKHAN said: “The technology further allows the development of optical components with ultra-hardness, scratch-resistance, high thermal conductivity, hydrophobicity, chemical and biological inertness, and with high transmittance at a variety of critical angles.”
AKHAN is a finalist in this month’s US Army’s xTech 2.0 Competition. As part of the competition, the company proposed to integrate its Miraj Diamond technology in protective coatings. The integration is aimed at improving the protection of aircraft developed under the army’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. (Source: army-technology.com)
15 Oct 19. Curtiss-Wright Intelligent Tactical Data Link Translation Gateway Improves and Simplifies Real-time Warfighter Communications shown at AUSA. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a trusted leading supplier of Tactical Data Link (TDL) software and hardware solutions, announced today that its Tactical Communications Group (TCG) business has introduced HUNTR (TDL Hub and Network Translator), a new intelligent TDL translation gateway for Link 16, Variable Message Format (VMF), Cursor-On-Target (CoT), Joint Range Extension Applications Protocol (JREAP), Situational Awareness Data Link (SADL), and Cooperative ESM Operations (CESMO). Today, moving data between similar and dissimilar data links is a daunting task that can prove an obstacle to mission success. HUNTR is a breakthrough software application that significantly improves and simplifies the real-time translation and routing of TDLs. It provides warfighters and command and control centers with real-time access to accurate operational data in the field.
HUNTR supports the automatic routing, forwarding, and translation of J-Series, K-Series, CoT, and CESMO messages and automates processing and translation of multiple, simultaneous Digitally-Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) missions between ground JTAC kits equipped with VMF or CoT radios and air/land/sea Link 16 assets. Designed to run on any Microsoft Windows 10 supported platform, HUNTR delivers instant integration and interoperability for multiple heterogeneous TDLs. The HUNTR software is ideal for use in air, ground, sea, base stations, mobile land platforms, and command and control center applications.
“With the introduction of our new HUNTR Tactical Data Link Translation Gateway software solution, Curtis-Wright further strengthens our leadership position in the TDL community,” said Lynn Bamford, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Defense and Power. “HUNTR uniquely enables JTACs and TACPs to create a Multi-Tactical Datalink Network that supports SADL, Link 16, Cursor on Target, and VMF Combat Net Radio (CNR) data exchanges between ground forces, aircraft, ships, and C2 elements.”
Reliable Battlefield Communications
In the field, the warfighter needs a reliable, intuitive way to access information from a variety of data links. HUNTR’s operator-focused GUI is designed for ease of use and simplicity. Designed from the ground up to simplify the complex process of coordinating and managing the multiple data links used by in-field resources and command and control centers during missions, HUNTR provides unmatched interface and standards support. It supports touchscreen or keyboard-and-mouse operation and features a “green-good, red-bad” operator feedback scheme for rapid identification of terminal/radio operational status, routing errors, or areas in need of attention. Thanks to its intuitive, simple-to-use interface, HUNTR enables access to and configuration of multiple similar and dissimilar data links with little or no training. The GUI clearly indicates connectivity, information flow, and filtering of traffic, and enables operators to quickly and dynamically add or remove data links, and manage data flow between the links. HUNTR’s intelligent filtering simplifies the control of data flow when the sending and receiving links have disparities in information capacity, or where operator “information overload” is a concern. Additionally, the software automatically converts VMF 9-lines into multiple Link 16 messages and automatically updates and maintains Link 16 PPLI and Surveillance tracks and Command and Control (C2) messages.
HUNTR supports the following data link protocols and associated terminals/radios:
- J message MIL-STD-6016 C, D, E, F
- MIL-STD-6020 Data Forwarding
- JREAP MIL-STD-3011 Revisions A, B, C
- K message MIL-STD-6017 A, B
- MIL-STD-2045-47001 B, C, D CN1
- MIL-STD-188-220 C, D CN1
- ECP-1, ECP-2, ECP-11
- UDP over IP and IP waveforms
- Automatic multi-stack management
CURSOR ON TARGET (COT)
- CoT v2.0 schema including platform-specific enhancements
- UDP Multicast, Unicast, and Smartphone CoT Server mode (multi-unicast)
- Any radio, tablet, or smartphone that supports IP transmission/reception of CoT messages
CESMO (COOPERATIVE ESM OPERATIONS)
- CESMO AEDP-13 A1 and B1
- CESMO X1
- UDP over IP and IP waveforms
- MIL-STD-188-220 C, D CN1
15 Oct 19. KF-X/IF-X jet completes design review of power and control systems. The KF-X/IF-X advanced multirole fighter aircraft under development for the airforces of the Republic of Korea and Indonesia has completed critical design review (CDR) of power and controls systems.
Collins Aerospace Systems has completed the CDR, marking a key programme milestone in the development of the systems.
The completion of the CDR represents the completion of detailed design.
The programme will move to the fabrication of system components before the commencement of test readiness reviews.
Collins Aerospace is providing the complete Environmental Control System (ECS) for the fighter jet under a contract from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).
The ECS includes bleed air control, air-conditioning, cabin pressurisation and liquid cooling systems.
The system combines the air-conditioning and liquid cooling systems into a single pack.
Other equipment provided by Collins Aerospace to support the KF-X/IF-X programme are engine start system components, including the air turbine starter and flow control valve.
Collins Aerospace Power and Controls president Tim White said: “Collins is honoured to work with KAI and KAES Hanwha on the KF-X/IF-X programme.
“Our systems are designed to help make this 4.5-gen fighter more electric, more reliable and easy to maintain. We look forward to supporting the KF-X/IF-X programme in the years ahead as we continue to deepen our longstanding relationship with KAI.”
The future fighter is known as KF-X in South Korea and IF-X in Indonesia. Developed jointly by the two countries, the combat aircraft will provide an advanced multirole fighter capability for the Republic of Korea Air Force and Indonesian Air Force.
The preliminary design of the fighter was unveiled in June last year.
KAI is expected to complete the construction of the first prototype of the 4.5-generation aircraft by the first half of 2021.
Collins Aerospace noted that the platform will feature its Variable Speed Constant Frequency (VSCF) generator, which will be part of the aircraft’s main electric power generation system. (Source: airforce-technology.com)
15 Oct 19. ANU secures Li-Fi and hologram imagery funding, Minister for Education Dan Tehan has confirmed $34.9m in Australian government funding for ANU to support a range of technology developments, including next-gen remote sensor technologies, moving holograms on your phone and super-fast, light-based Wi-Fi.
Minister Tehan announced the $34.9m funding for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will be led by ANU Professor Dragomir Neshev.
The centre will research the interaction of light with nano-materials – tech that is often thinner than a human hair.
Professor Neshev said the new centre would drive research to develop smart and miniaturised optical devices that link the digital and physical worlds through light: “This work will make Australia a leader in the optical technologies for the fourth industrial revolution and improve all our lives. We will help create optical systems that empower autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, wearable sensors and remote sensing.
“It will also produce holographic displays and augmented reality for more immersive and powerful education in our classrooms, and laser tech that makes autonomous vehicles better at predicting and avoiding hazards.
“And it will underpin light-based Wi-Fi – which is a thousand times faster than current technologies – to be used in our mobile phones and laptops.”
ANU provost Professor Mike Calford thanked the government and Minister Tehan for the significant funding, saying the new centre would help boost Australia’s economy.
“This research centre will help revolutionise how light is used in ways that can have significant impacts for everyday Australians,” Professor Calford said. “This includes less invasive medical diagnostic tools that scatter light through the body to detect disease. This revolutionary new centre will help strengthen Australia’s very own knowledge economy – setting up a global epicentre for light-based research and development that will develop the products of tomorrow, today. Currently, light underpins industry worth approximately $1,000bn to the world economy. This transformational leap will make Australia’s economy stronger, enrich daily lives and create a safer environment that cannot be achieved with today’s technology.”
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will be led by ANU and partner with the University of Melbourne, the University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University and the University of Western Australia, as well as industry and universities across six other countries. (Source: Space Connect)
14 Oct 19. General Micro Systems’ (GMS) New S422/X422 Server and AI Engine Set Brings Greater Performance to Next-Gen Army Vehicle and Airborne Systems. The powerful, rugged vehicle-mounted server combo is ideal for applications requiring massive computation and sensor fusion in autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and C4ISR/Electronic Warfare systems.
At the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) conference today, General Micro Systems (GMS) announced that its new S422-SW and X422 combination has been chosen for two new military development programs. The system pair brings a massive amount of server processing power, 10/40/100 Gigabit networking ports for sensors, and general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) artificial intelligence (AI) onto the battlefield for the first time in two small “shoebox-sized” rugged chassis designed to survive the harshest conditions where regular rackmount servers cannot.
The two programs that selected the S422-SW “Thunder” and X422 “Lightning” combo will deploy it in mobile platforms to move IP-based sensor data instantaneously over multi-sensor LANs into the server and AI processor. Once processed, the server reports out to operators information that can help maneuver a vehicle or UAS in real-time, calculate a fire control solution for a weapon, or identify threats such as stationary IEDs or incoming objects such as projectiles.
“The tremendous processing power of this combo makes it a highly attractive option for these two development programs as well as others creating autonomous, self-driving or self-piloting vehicles,” said Ben Sharfi, chief architect and CEO, General Micro Systems. “Through these programs, the sealed, fan-less, computer pair brings local, highest performing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies onto the battlefield for the first time in deployable, small form factor systems—right at the ‘tip of the spear’ where they’re needed most.”
Proven, Robust and Connected Technology for the Battlefield
The represents the most robust technology available from companies like Intel®, Nvidia®, Broadcom®, and Cumulus Networks®. The S422-SW, a conduction-cooled, fan-less, rugged, low-cost Intel Xeon® E5 server operating over -40 °C to +85 °C, provides an on-platform or in-vehicle 30-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet local area network (LAN) designed to interface with the high-bandwidth sensors needed for next-generation autonomous vehicles or battlefield reconnaissance. Sensors such as radar, LIDAR, CCTV, and multiple wavelength IR or acoustic sensors generate massive amounts of data that must be moved in real-time over the LAN and processed and stored locally by the S422-SW’s Intel Xeon E5 server CPU. The companion X422 co-processor uses two of Nvidia’s V100 Tesla GPGPU AI engines to comb through the data to perform target tracking, image processing and enhancement, vector algorithms and more—all in real time at 400 FLOPS.
The S422-SW simplifies local data processing tasks that require an ultra-fast, virtual machine-ready, 22 core Xeon-class server with vast amounts of high-speed, ECC-protected RAM and storage in one ultra-rugged chassis. ”Thunder” is also an enterprise-class multi-port LAN or a network attached storage (NAS) appliance equipped with a professional-class intelligent Layer 2/3/pseudo-4 Ethernet switch/router and data center networking software from Cumulus Networks.
Networking capability includes four 40 GbE fiber ports and thirty 10 GbE ports. The 10 GbE ports come from a Broadcom® Layer 2/3/pseudo-4 enterprise class switch that has never before been used in a deployed battlefield computer. Each of the 10 GbE ports support power-over-Ethernet (POE+) to directly power remote nodes or sensors while simplifying wiring requirements, up to 100 W maximum total power sourced. The quad 40 GbE fiber ports—also configurable as 100 GbE—are useful for highest-rate sensors, or inter-system communications to software-defined radios, data intensive EW processors, or other in-vehicle systems.
S422-SW is closely coupled with the X422 via the GMS FlexIO™ 16 lane, 8 GT/s PCI Express Gen 3 bus extension. X422 is equipped with dual Nvidia Tesla V100 data mining/algorithm processing AI engines that together boast up to a staggering 400 TFLOPS of algorithm computation. The GPGPU modules are ruggedized by GMS for reliable conduction cooling in the X422 chassis. In lieu of these modules, other dual-slot, 250 W PCIe cards can be used for co-processing with S422-SW, including: AMD GPGPUs, Altera or Xilinx FPGA modules, DSP cards, and more. Local intelligence in X422 allows the cards to work together or independently, depending upon the application. Separate I/O ports feed data into the X422 via dedicated front panel connections, if the GMS FlexIO™ bus isn’t used for I/O transfer. X422 “Lightning” was introduced at AUSA 2018 as a co-processor to GMS’s Apex 2U rackmount server.
- High-resolution images S422: https://www.gms4sbc.com/press/S422
- Datasheet S422: https://www.gms4sbc.com/press/S422/thunder
- High resolution image X422: https://www.gms4sbc.com/press/X422
- Datasheet X422: https://www.gms4sbc.com/press/X422/lightning
- Press release X422 (Oct 2018): https://www.gms4sbc.com/news/press/x422
Where: Booth #7664 at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting in Washington D.C., Oct. 14-16, 2019.
10 Oct 19. Flying robot sips battery power from drone in the air. The first aircraft were limited by the endurance of the human pilot, the capabilities of the machine, and fuel. By 1923, human pilots had demonstrated air-to-air refueling, eliminating one leg of the triad, provided a pilot could maneuver into position to be refueled.
Drones, flying machines defined by a lack of human on board, could reduce the endurance problem to one of mechanical endurance, if only they could find a way to be consistently recharged.
Among its many tasks, the experimental X-47B demonstrated mid-air refueling in 2015, which bodes well for the future of plane-sized vehicles that run on traditional fuels. But what of electric engine drones?
Quadcopters, as ubiquitous as they are constrained by short flight times, are an ideal candidate for in-air recharging. Researchers at the High Performance Robotics Laboratory (HiPeRLab) at the University of California – Berkeley demonstrated an aerial recharging ability, one that almost doubled the flight time of the recharged drone.
Batteries are both essential for electric drone flight and also the heaviest component of the vehicle, reaching a point where increasing battery size will diminish flight time. With recharging, a hovering drone can instead sustain longer flight, so long as it can continuously be resupplied by the fresh batteries of smaller feeder craft.
As with most experimental research, the use cases are all early extrapolations from proofs of concept. Fortunately for military planners and designers, a large component of what quadcopters do is hover, so anything that extends hover time could add value to a drone.
With an average quadcopter flight time of around 20 minutes, troops have to be mindful of how to best use that limited window. If a patrol wants to place a scout over the corner of a building to catch potential movement, it has to hope that the drone sees what it needs to in that short flight time. With recharging, a drone could stay focused on a point for closer to 40 minutes, allowing more people to move into position.
A flight time of 40 minutes is long for a drone and short for a sensor mast, but the option for a temporary sensor tower, flown into place and then sustained through a small fleet of resupply batteries, is likely just the beginning. The researchers, after all, just have to prove the concept. It’s up to the designers to find a use and the engineers to iterate it into being. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
10 Oct 19. Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), announced today that it nearly tripled new U.S. military orders for specialized resilient PNT solutions in the third quarter of 2019, in time to meet the growing military demand for assured operations in Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR) and GPS-denied environments.
In the third quarter, Orolia unveiled its new Simulation and Interference, Detection & Mitigation (IDM) suite, announced the acquisition of industry leader Talen-X and introduced new advanced GNSS jamming and spoofing countermeasures. The new U.S. military orders include the full range of Resilient PNT solutions.
“This rapid industry response affirms Orolia’s commitment to delivering trusted military solutions for GPS denied environments,” said Paul Zweers, Orolia VP Sales and Marketing. “As the world leader in Resilient PNT, we are excited to present our latest NAVWAR technology for the first time at AUSA 2019.”
BroadSim Wavefront Advanced Simulator and IDM Suite Debut at Booth 8232
At AUSA 2019, Orolia presented new Resilient PNT technology to the U.S. Army, with the first exhibit of its BroadSim Wavefront GNSS simulator. BroadSim Wavefront supports advanced simulation needs such as testing in anechoic chambers, applying diverse algorithms, modeling true and spoofed signals, employing multiple satellite constellations, and incorporating encrypted signals, such as GPS L1/L2, P, Y and AES M-Code.
BroadSim will be demonstrated alongside Orolia’s IDM Suite and the company’s comprehensive portfolio of mounted and dismounted Resilient PNT products to support U.S. Army missions.
From GPS/GNSS interference detection to mitigation, suppression and countermeasures, Orolia is the industry leader in end-to-end NAVWAR and resilient PNT solutions to protect, augment and strengthen military systems for GPS-denied environments.
14 Oct 19. General Micro Systems (GMS) Launches TITAN, the First Sealed, Conduction-Cooled, AI-Equipped, 1U/2U Rackmount Servers.
Offering Superior Ruggedness, Reliability, and Performance.
Like all GMS systems and servers, these new offerings are designed, sourced and manufactured in America.
At the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) conference today, General Micro Systems (GMS) launched the industry’s first sealed, fanless, conduction-cooled rackmount servers with artificial intelligence (AI) and mil-circular (38999) connectors for superior ruggedness in the most demanding defense and aerospace applications. The American-designed, sourced, and manufactured TITAN, a fully configurable server, also uses up to four of Intel’s latest 2nd gen Scalable Xeon® processors, with all features coming together in a 1U or 2U chassis to provide the performance, mil-spec reliability, and complete silence required for extremely rugged battlefield environments.
“Many military designers continue to use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) air-cooled, rackmount servers in buildings, command posts, ships and submarines, or even in the back of MRAPs and Strykers, but servers designed for data centers can’t handle the dirt, dust, chemicals, or extreme temperatures they will encounter in the field,” said Ben Sharfi, chief architect and CEO, General Micro Systems. “The sealed, fanless, expandable and dense TITAN offers everything these designers want in a deployable rackmount server: superior processing performance, American reliability and ruggedness, and more expandability options and secure data storage than found in any other 1U or 2U rackmount server. Even better, we’ve done it all—from design to manufacturing—here in America. We made no compromises at all when creating this server.”
Extreme Density, Expandability, and Conduction Cooling Sets TITAN Apart
TITAN differs from other rackmount servers on the market in part for its extreme density and expandability. As a single 1U or 2U chassis, each TITAN combination includes more CPU cores, networking I/O, memory, PCIe card add-in options, removable encrypted storage, and reliably cooled Nvidia® Tesla general-purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) AI
co-processors than any other 1U or 2U rackmount server.
TITAN is available in both air-cooled and conduction-cooled versions. The latter offers the superior reliability conduction cooling has become known for in fighter aircraft and armored vehicles, with sealed systems that dramatically reduce radiated emissions and offer superior TEMPEST results and better security. Without fans, TITAN rackmount servers can be placed in close proximity to operators who no longer need to wear uncomfortable hearing protection for noise mitigation. In addition, available “keyed” 38999 military-style connectors ease installation and maintenance, and radically increase the mean time between failure (MTBF) as compared with flimsy COTS connectors.
In addition to boasting 96 total cores, the unique 4-way, quad-socket, Intel 2nd gen Scalable Xeon® processors are ideal for high-performance computing (HPC), symmetric multi-processing (SMP), NUMA architectures, AI, data mining, image processing, and more. The fully configurable TITAN can include the following capabilities:
- Up to two Nvidia Tesla V100 enterprise-class GPGPU co-processors for AI workloads—offering data center performance right on the battlefield (up to 400 TFLOPS)
- A first-of-a-kind removable Secure High-Speed Storage (SHS) canister with up to 64 TB of RAID-encrypted storage for data recorders, sensor data storage, or system de-classification
- 1/10/40Gb Ethernet built in with copper or fiber ports, plus available embedded 20-port switch—all via the 38999 mil-circular connectors or standard COTS connectors
- Up to 10 PCIe Gen 3 add-in slots for program-specific functionality, I/O, or custom functions
- Dual-redundant 110/220 VAC 60 Hz/400 Hz power supplies for each CPU pair; MIL-STD-704 with 50 ms hold-up recovers from “dirty” power found in typical military systems
- Dedicated out-of-band remote management via IPMI
- GMS SourceSafe™ BIOS and SecureDNA™ firmware/BIOS/storage sanitization
“The TITAN family of rackmount servers also allows program-specific customization for any application or platform requirement, putting them—especially the fully equipped, conduction-cooled option—into a class of their own,” Sharfi added.
14 Oct 19. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), today introduced RAIDER X™, its concept for an agile, lethal and survivable compound coaxial helicopter, specifically designed for securing vertical lift dominance against evolving peer and near-peer threats on the future battlefield. Through the U.S. Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program, RAIDER X is the out-front platform in the Service’s revolutionary approach for rapid development and delivery of game changing technology and warfighter capabilities, equipped for the most demanding and contested environments. RAIDER X enables the reach, protection and lethality required to remain victorious in future conflicts.
“RAIDER X converges everything we’ve learned in years of developing, testing and refining X2 Technology and delivers warfighters a dominant, survivable and intelligent system that will excel in tomorrow’s battlespace where aviation overmatch is critical,” said Frank St. John, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “The X2 Technology family of aircraft is a low-risk solution and is scalable based on our customers’ requirements.”
RAIDER X draws on Lockheed Martin’s broad expertise in developing innovative systems using the latest digital design and manufacturing techniques. Sikorsky’s RAIDER X prototype offers:
- Exceptional Performance: The X2 rigid rotor provides increased performance including; highly responsive maneuverability, enhanced low-speed hover, off-axis hover, and level acceleration and braking. These attributes make us unbeatable at the X.
- Agile, Digital Design: State-of-the-art digital design and manufacturing is already in use on other Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky production programs such as CH-53K, CH-148 and F-35, and will enable the Army to not only lower the acquisition cost, but enable rapid, affordable upgrades to stay ahead of the evolving threat.
- Adaptability: Modern open systems architecture (MOSA)-based avionics and mission systems, offering “plug-and-play” options for computing, sensors, survivability and weapons, benefiting lethality and survivability, operational mission tailoring and competitive acquisitions.
- Sustainable/Maintenance: Designed to decrease aircraft operating costs by utilizing new technologies to shift from routine maintenance and inspections to self-monitoring and condition-based maintenance, which will increase aircraft availability, reduce sustainment footprint forward and enable flexible maintenance operating periods.
- Growth/Mission Flexibility: Focused on the future and ever evolving threat capabilities, X2 compound coaxial technology provides unmatched potential and growth margin for increased speed, combat radius and payload. This potential and growth margin further enables operational mission flexibility which includes a broader range of aircraft configurations and loadouts to accommodate specific mission requirements.
The nationwide supply team that Sikorsky has comprised to build RAIDER X will join company leaders today to introduce RAIDER X during the annual conference of the Association of the United States Army in Washington, D.C.
“RAIDER X is the culmination of decades of development, and a testament to our innovation and passion for solving our customers’ needs,” said Sikorsky President Dan Schultz. “By leveraging the strength of the entire Lockheed Martin Corporation, we will deliver the only solution that gives the U.S. Army the superiority needed to meet its mission requirements.”
Proven X2 Technology: Scalable, Sustainable, Affordable
With RAIDER X, Sikorsky introduces the latest design in its X2 family of aircraft. To date, X2 aircraft have achieved/demonstrated:
- Speeds in excess of 250 knots
- High altitude operations in excess of 9,000 feet
- Low-speed and high-speed maneuver envelopes out to 60+ degrees angle of bank
- ADS-33B (Aeronautical Design Standard) Level 1 handling qualities with multiple pilots
- Flight controls optimization and vibration mitigation
“The power of X2 is game changing. It combines the best elements of low-speed helicopter performance with the cruise performance of an airplane,” said Sikorsky experimental test pilot Bill Fell, a retired Army pilot who has flown nearly every RAIDER test flight. “Every flight we take in our S-97 RAIDER today reduces risk and optimizes our FARA prototype, RAIDER X.”
The development of X2 Technology and the RAIDER program has been funded entirely by significant investments by Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and industry partners.
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.