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28 Oct 21. Easy Aerial, a provider of autonomous drone-in-a-box solutions for enterprise and military applications, has launched the Easy Guard Vehicle (EGV), a new line of ultra-portable models of its field-proven and battle-tested unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground stations. Available in three sizes, EGV builds on Easy Aerial’s MIL-STD-810G system, a certified smart, mobile and rugged drone-in-a-box solution currently deployed in a wide variety of applications worldwide. The EGV was specifically designed to be installed on mobile platforms. Thanks to its small size and low weight, its UAVs can rapidly mobilize, deploy and land from any vehicle type traveling up to 25 miles per hour, on or off-road. All three systems can be integrated with manned, unmanned and optionally manned systems and are all remotely deployable from any location. As with all Easy Guard models, EGV can be configured with a tethered, free flight or optionally tethered (untether and go) UAV, allowing it to be optimized for a wide range of payload options. All EGV models incorporate topside doors that, when opened, deploy a separate landing pad that unfolds to extend beyond the box’s footprint. This unique feature enables the system to operate a larger UAV with increased safety margins on uneven terrain and while on the move. Encrypted data links and non-GPS dependent landing capabilities ensure the systems can operate in hostile environments. All three systems feature either a 110/220v AC or 18-36v DC (MLD-STD-1275 compatible) power supply option for operating and charging the UAV. EGV provides enterprise, government, and public safety operators with highly flexible inspection, monitoring and surveillance capabilities – even in hard to reach areas with minimal to no infrastructure. For defense organizations, EGV provides reconnaissance, real-time situational awareness for increased force protection, and communication relays for tactical maneuvering forces, special operations, and dismounted warfighters on the battlefield. EGV 50: The smallest and lightest in the range, this model is designed for small vehicles with limited storage capacity, including light civilian and military all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and compact pickup trucks.
- Dimensions 580 x 580 x 460 mm (22.8″ X 22.8″ X18.1″)
- Weight 40 Kg (88.2b) Not including UAV
- Charging 35-40 minutes for full full battery (free flight version)
- Tether 50m (165 ft)
- UAV Maximum payload 2kg (4.4 lbs) Multiple EO/IR sensor options
- Endurance Free flight: 45 minutes, Tethered: 72 hours
EGV 70: The mid-size EGV 70 adds additional capabilities, including a larger UAV with longer endurance and longer tether. The system is ideal for medium and heavy-duty civilian or military pickup trucks and light armored vehicles.
- Dimensions 740 x 740 x 500 mm (29.1″ X 29.1″ X 19.7″]
- Weight 50 kg (110lb) Not including UAV
- Charging 35-40 minutes for full UAV battery
- Tether 100m (328ft)
- UAV Maximum payload 3kg (6.6 lbs) Multiple EO/IR sensor options
- Endurance Free flight: 55 minutes, Tethered: 48 hours
EGV 90: The largest and most capable in the EGV line-up, the system offers the flexibility of housing a quad or hexacopter and can be installed on such vehicles as mobile command units, fire support vehicles and armored personnel carriers.
- Dimensions 900 x 900 x 550 mm (35.4″ X 35.4″ X 21.6′)
- Weight 60 kg (132lb)
- Charging 45-60 minutes for full UAV battery (free flight version)
- Tether 100m (330ft)
- UAV Maximum payload 5kg (11 lbs) Multiple EO/IR sensor options
- Endurance Free flight: 60 minutes, Tethered: 48 hours
In addition to being AS9100 and ISO9001 certified, all Easy Aerial systems are NDAA Sec. 848 compliant and built with qualified traceable components. Its unmanned aerial vehicles and supporting systems are designed, built, and tested at the company’s Brooklyn, N.Y. headquarters. Easy Aerial participates in the DoD Defense Innovation Unit Blue sUAS 2.0 program. (Source: UAS VISION)
28 Oct 21. Mercury Systems announces SOSA aligned development platform to simplify complex subsystem design. Ideal for rapid prototyping with SOSA aligned RFSoC-based Quartz modules, saving time and money. Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com), a leader in trusted, secure mission-critical technologies for aerospace and defense, today announced the Model 8257A Development Platform aligned to the Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ Technical Standard. Featuring a single-slot 3U VPX backplane and integrated power supply, the 8257A enables engineers to accelerate development of their sensor processing applications in an easy-to-use SOSA aligned desktop environment, saving time and money.
“Our new Model 8257A eases the adoption of SOSA aligned solutions by providing an integrated development platform using only a single card to accelerate initial development efforts,” said Ken Hermanny, senior director and general manager, Mercury Microwave and Mixed Signal Assemblies. “The optional rear transition module provides access to all the analog and digital signals on Mercury’s Quartz line of RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) modules without the need for additional plug-in cards or an Ethernet switch card to minimize system complexity and cost during development. Prototyping in this environment helps determine system requirements and supports creation of IP and software that can ultimately be used in the deployed SOSA aligned system. It’s another example of our commitment to Innovation that Matters.”
The Model 8257A Development Platform accepts 3U VPX conduction cooled boards and uses integral fans for air cooling, enabling development on a fully rugged and conduction cooled board in a desktop or benchtop environment. It is specifically designed to accommodate Mercury’s Quartz® Model 5550 or 5553, eight-channel A/D and D/A converter 3U OpenVPX modules based on the Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+ RF system-on-chip (RFSoC), both aligned with the recently released Technical Standard for SOSA Reference Architecture 1.0. Developers can connect a notebook or desktop PC running Xilinx’s Vivado Design Suite and Mercury’s Navigator Design Suite to quickly develop, run and debug their applications.
Mercury envisions, creates, and delivers innovative technology solutions purpose-built to meet their customers’ most pressing high-tech needs. Visit the Model 8257A Development Platform product page for more information or contact Mercury at (866) 627-6951 or .
About the SOSA Consortium
The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture™ (SOSA) Consortium aims to create a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus. The SOSA Consortium enables government and industry to collaboratively develop open standards and best practices to enable, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of affordable, capable, interoperable sensor systems.
For more information about the SOSA Consortium, please visit www.opengroup.org/content/sensor-open-systems-architecture-sosa.
29 Oct 21. Patria participates in the research project about cooperation between unmanned and manned aerial vehicles. Patria participates in a research project led by the Finnish and German Defence administrations. The research project investigates the teaming of manned and unmanned systems in various situations (MUM-T, Manned-UnManned Teaming). Finland’s part of the research project does not include any specific platforms or systems, focusing solely on cooperation between manned and aerial vehicles and systems. Patria cooperates with its partner Airbus Defence and Space (Germany) who leads the industry share of the research project as a prime. Patria’s responsibility is to provide wireless communication with CANDL data link system (Compact Airborne Networking Data Link) between manned and unmanned aerial platforms as well as ground systems in MUM-T scenarios. The test and demonstration flights related to MUM-T research were conducted in Rovajärvi and Kemijärvi areas this autumn led by the Finnish Defence Forces and in cooperation with the German Ministry of Defence.
“Cooperation with Airbus and German Ministry of Defence in a research project is a natural continuation of more than 15 years of successful cooperation in the area of military aviation. First CANDL data link terminals and HPA amplifier units to increase the communication range were delivered to Airbus during 2017 for MUM-T related capabilities and scenarios to enable data transfer between manned and unmanned aerial platforms as well as related ground systems. CANDL’s unique combination of reliable and networking communication enables LVC-based training (Live Virtual Constructive) for future training needs and requirements. In LVC-based training simulators and Computer-Generated Forces are seamlessly connected creating very realistic training environment”, comments Jouni Wirtavuori Director, International Sales, from Patria’s Systems Business Unit.
“These kinds of cooperation projects are very important to industry. They open possibilities for networking with European industry as well as being part of multinational value chains”, states Pasi Niinikoski, Chief Business Development Officer of Patria Group.
Patria CANDL is designed for reliable and jamming resistant communication for applications requiring networking capabilities between multiple assets. CANDL provides 8 Mbit/s data rate, secure C2 channel as well as digital HD video and voice transfer. CANDL’s SDR-based (Software Defined Radio) data link equipment is qualified for aerial platforms covering modern front-line fighters. CANDL is suitable for military and civil use due to versatile operational frequency range.
28 Oct 21. TMD exhibits its new gMOT compact portable cold atom system on Stand 25 at the UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase. TMD Technologies Limited (TMD – now part of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI)) – a leading west London-based manufacturer in the microwave and radio frequency (RF) field, will again be participating in the upcoming UK National Quantum Technologies Showcase in London, where it will be exhibiting its gMOT compact portable cold atom system. TMD will also have staff available at the showcase to discuss vacuum-based and alkali metal filled systems.
“Attendees at the show will be given unrivalled insight into quantum capabilities that are close to real-life uses of the technology,” said Richard Patrick, head of business development at TMD. “TMD have been attending this main event in the UK quantum calendar for a number of years and are privileged to support once again. Our team is looking forward to meeting both current and new partners and associates in this exciting field.”
Since the inception of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, TMD has been heavily involved in the development of key underlying technologies aimed at allowing the commercialisation of products based on quantum effects.
gMOT – a ‘world’s first’
TMD’s gMOT is the world’s first portable grating magneto-optical trap (gMOT) for compact atomic clocks, inertial sensors, magnetometers, RF field sensing and gravimeters.
The portable gMOT was conceived and designed by TMD’s Applied Science team in close working association with its academic and scientific partners at the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and Kelvin Nanotechnology Limited. It was built and tested at TMD’s manufacturing and design facility in Hayes, west London.
Atomic clocks are now an important facet of people’s everyday lives in the fast-expanding quantum world. They have the potential to provide a valuable alternative and back-up to GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) – used as either stand-alone timing solutions on a platform or as ‘hold-over’ clocks should the GNSS signal become unavailable, unreliable or degraded.
National Quantum Technologies Programme
The National Quantum Technologies Programme is a UK government initiative involving investment in excess of £600m over 10 years and aimed at accelerating the translation of quantum technologies into the marketplace. The programme supports investment in research, innovation and technology demonstration to help UK industry to commercialise these new technologies.
27 Oct 21. Thales and CS GROUP partner to offer navies a cybersecure, jam-resistant navigation system inspired by civil aviation. Thales and CS GROUP have combined their complementary expertise to offer a high-performance, resilient and cybersecure navigation system. The system comprises Thales’s TopAxyz inertial navigation unit, which has delivered outstanding performance in the especially rigorous conditions of civil aviation, clocking up over 20 million hours of operation. The naval version of the unit was integrated on a Navy vessel in less than a day by CS GROUP and has already proven its operational value for maritime navigation.
- Thales, with over 40 years of experience in the design and manufacture of inertial navigation systems, and CS GROUP, a specialist in smart cyberprotected mission-critical systems, have partnered to offer a complete navigation system for Navies surface ships.
- At the heart of this system is the Thales TopAxyz inertial navigation unit, which is integrated with CS GROUP’s real-time computer in a disruptive approach to maritime navigation that combines high-level performance and resilience in an electronic warfare environment.
- The new compact, high-performance maritime inertial navigation system has already demonstrated its maturity in an operational setting during its first sea trial on a military vessel.
Thales and CS GROUP have combined their complementary expertise to offer a high-performance, resilient and cybersecure navigation system. The system comprises Thales’s TopAxyz inertial navigation unit, which has delivered outstanding performance in theespecially rigorous conditions of civil aviation, clocking up over 20 million hours of operation. The naval version of the unit was integrated on a Navy vessel in less than a day by CS GROUP and has already proven its operational value for maritime navigation.
In today’s constantly changing naval environment, crews need to contend with the threat of cyberattacks, electronic warfare activity and the high risk of jamming and spoofing of GPS-based radionavigation solutions. Accurate navigation data, real-time data distribution and resistance to external threats are crucial for every mission conducted by a naval vessel today.
Thales and CS GROUP have worked together for over 20 years to address these issues. Drawing on their combined expertise across all the key navigation system technologies, the two companies are now proposing a new approach to maritime navigation based on more trustworthy and reliable navigation data.
The TopAxyz inertial unit uses accurate, reliable navigation information that is independent of sea state and vessel location, combined with a function that detects attempts to spoof GPS signals. The navigation data calculated by TopAxyz is distributed in real time by CS GROUP’s onboard computer, which incorporates the latest technological advances in cybersecurity to guarantee the highest level of resilience to attacks.
The new compact, high-performance maritime inertial navigation system has already demonstrated its maturity in an operational setting during its first sea trial on a military vessel. No calibration is required during the service life of the system, thereby reducing the total cost of ownership.
The system provides high-precision pointing, gyrocompass, location and navigation functionality for all types of naval platforms, from surface combatants and submarines to autonomous vehicles.
Combining complementary cutting-edge technologies from Thales and CS GROUP, this new maritime navigation system will leverage the unique capabilities of the two companies at their respective production and integration facilities in Châtellerault and Aix-en-Provence in France.
“After proving their value on board aircraft, space launchers and French Army land vehicles, Thales inertial navigation systems are now available for naval platforms,” said Tristan Grivel, Vice President Business Development and Sales for Thales’s flight avionics business. “Thales and CS Group have combined their complementary expertise to offer a navigation system that delivers the highest levels of trust, performance and security to ensure the success of naval missions.”
“CS Group is an expert in the design and integration of secure navigation systems, and has supplied real-time navigation computers, military-grade GPS receivers and other solutions to the French Navy and Naval Group for many years. This partnership with Thales allows us to offer an innovative, robust and resilient maritime inertial navigation system for surface ships,” said Gilles Rigal, Director of CS GROUP’s naval systems business line.
25 Oct 21. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions, a leading supplier of flight test instrumentation (FTI) hardware and software engineered for success, today introduced IADS Post-Test Explorer, the industry’s first unified data search, analytics, and visualization platform. Until now, post-test analysis for flight test has typically been addressed on a project-by-project basis, using costly custom-based tools. As new projects commence, the previously built tools are often discarded, and a new post-test system is created from scratch. IADS Post-Test Explorer delivers an off-the-shelf solution that seamlessly combines the most common features of post-test tools – data search, data analysis, and test result report generation – into a single framework. This unique collaborative tool integrates a core library of standard analysis routines and plotting capabilities while simultaneously enabling users to create custom routines and plots. IADS Post-Test Explorer is useful to engineers across multiple flight test disciplines and enables reuse in a wide range of flight test programs.
“We are excited to introduce the first post-test tool dedicated to the specific needs of the flight test community,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “The new software is a perfect example of how Curtiss-Wright is committed to providing the flight test industry with total system solutions, from acquiring the data to delivering the final reports.”
About IADS Post Test Explorer
Post-Test Explorer is simple to use. It allows the user to enter natural language search queries to find data of interest, and queries can be written as normal sentences rather than having to follow precise syntax. The built-in search engine can locate items of interest in existing IADS data recordings, enabling end-users to leverage existing IADS data from past flight tests. In addition to its extensive library of analysis functions, Post-Test Explorer also features a built-in Python development environment that enables users to easily and quickly write their own plug-in analysis functions when custom analysis is required. The tool also simplifies the creation of plots and charts for use in data analysis reports.
Key Performance Features:
- Searches across multiple flights for data conditions or test events
- Visualizes results in a graphical format
- Performs analysis using the built-in Python library
- Produces quality plots for reports
IADS is the premier real-time display and post-test analysis product for flight test, used by every major test program in the US and in many other countries worldwide. The IADS software easily scales from processing large multi-discipline test rooms to single-user systems in multiple test environments. It allows flight test engineers to monitor, in real-time, huge amounts of data collected from an aircraft during a flight test program. This data is used to help validate the successful completion of test points and for safety. IADS also enables detailed analysis of the data to be performed post-test. With support for user-customizable data display, IADS significantly improves flight test efficiencies and helps to speed program completion.
25 Oct 21. Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions, a leading supplier of flight test instrumentation (FTI) solutions engineered for success, has debuted its most compact, fastest standalone network recorder for FTI or monitoring applications. Designed for severely size, weight, and power (SWaP) constrained commercial and military airborne platforms, the new nREC-700 miniature data recorder has the capacity to store up to 1TB using new CFexpress media, and features dual GbE ports for acquisition of ethernet traffic. FTI network traffic from several types of data sources. It supports open standards-based cameras and data acquisition units (DAU), including Curtiss-Wright’s extensive family of MnDAU, ADAU, Axon, and AIM products. The nREC-700’s dual Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports can acquire multiple data types, including IRIG-106 Chapter 10/11, Chapters 21 – 26 (TmNS), DARv3, PCAP, or any other Ethernet protocols. Weighing only 1.5 lb and measuring 3.13” (L) x 2.63” (W) x 3.13” (H), this compact recorder can be configured as a standalone unit or installed as part of a DAU stack.
“FTI engineers want to capture as much data as they can, as fast as they can, but size and weight restrictions present limits to how large of an FTI data recorder they can deploy,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. “Our new high-speed miniature nREC-700 recorder gives FTI system designers the flexibility they need to handle the fire hose of critical data coming from DAUs on space-constrained platforms.”
About the nREC-700
The rugged nREC-700 records FTI data on a removable CompactFlash Express (CFexpress) media card rated for industrial operating temperatures (-40 to 85°C). Data can be downloaded in-situ using the recorder’s GbE ports, or at the ground station using a download adaptor for the CFexpress card. With record rates typically exceeding 1GBps, the nREC-700 acquires data as Chapter 11, DARv3, or other formats native to input traffic. It supports the IEEE-1588 v1/v2 precision time protocol with an overhead module that also provides single-point programming at either of its two GbE ports via Curtiss-Wright’s TTCWare set-up and configuration software or a web interface. Support for programming via a meta-data-language (MDL) will be announced soon.
26 Oct 21. Northrop Grumman Establishes New Microelectronics Packaging Facility for Next-Generation Defense Applications. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) continued investment in the future of defense microelectronics systems takes another leap forward with the creation of its “Micro-Line” (μ-Line) in Apopka. The company’s new μ-Line establishes a wafer post-processing and test source tailored for defense applications. The μ-Line facility for semiconductor wafer post-processing provides Northrop Grumman with an assured source for the development and production of critical microelectronics packaging technologies. Products processed at the μ-Line will serve as essential building blocks to some of the world’s most advanced radio frequency (RF) and electro-optic infrared (EO/IR) defense systems.
“The systems that Northrop Grumman builds need increasingly higher levels of device integration to meet customer performance, reliability and affordability requirements, no matter the domain and conditions where it will be used,” said Scott Crudele, vice president, navigation targeting and survivability operations, Northrop Grumman. “By establishing this new line we can provide our customers with a trusted packaging source to meet our quality specifications.”
The μ-Line’s manufacturing equipment and personnel will deliver products that meet Northrop Grumman’s demanding quality and performance specifications.
The μ-Line offers a complete suite of back-end wafer post-processing capabilities, including passivation, solder bumping, dicing, advanced inspection and test for up to 300 mm (12 inch) wafers. These capabilities are tailored to meet the stability, quality and security required by Northrop Grumman’s customers. Semiconductors post-processed at the μ-Line will support both current and future Northrop Grumman programs leveraging advanced packaging.
The μ-Line packaging facility joins Northrop Grumman semiconductor foundries in Baltimore, Maryland and Redondo Beach, California, as examples of the company’s investment in trusted microelectronics production.
22 Oct 21. DLA Tests of 3D Scanner Show Potential Benefits. Defense Logistics Agency scientists are exploring 3D imaging as an early investment toward 3D printing with potential benefits across the agency after a new 3D scanner was delivered to the DLA Troop Support Product Test Center in Philadelphia earlier this month. Both the DLA Information Operations and the test center have already seen ways the 3D scanner can aid in the organization’s 3D printing goals, as well as the center’s coordination with contactors, vendors and customers. The idea started as a need, expressed by the DLA and the military community, to get the agency started on 3D printing, said Craig Gravitz, DLA’s information operations technology accelerator team lead.
“We did interviews with people inside DLA and in the military services, and the biggest need that we heard from the 3D printing community was the ability to share models,” Gravitz said.
The 3D scanning technology will be used in conjunction with the Joint Additive Manufacturing Model Exchange platform, or JAMMEX, created by the DLA for Defense Department users to share 3D models in a secure, web-based environment.
“Eventually, what we hope to do is kind of connect those two things,” Gravitz said. “Prove that you can take a 3D scan, match it to a catalog model or something else, and figure out ‘Hey, this is NSN so-and-so.'”
Although he hopes the scanner will eventually be fully automated for anyone who needs to operate, the team realized that the best place to test the machine’s capabilities was in the product test center, Gravitz said. While his team pursues the 3D scanning technology for agency-wide benefits, there are also direct benefits to center use.
“Even though this all came out of one big project of helping DLA lead the way on 3D printing, we realized that these scanners actually have a ton of, and we think that there’s a separate use case here for the test lab completely independent of anything 3D printing,” Gravitz said.
Jamie Hieber, the center’s lab manager, said she’s excited about the possibilities.
“I think the scanner opens up potential new testing for this lab to support DLA,” Hieber said. “We’ve seen a lot of work go to third-party testing labs that potentially can be done here at our lab given the capability.”
Both Gravitz and Hieber recognized the potential of the scanner in improving communications between the lab and DLA Troop Support’s contracting officers, vendors and customers when discussing product test results.
“Being able to send a 3D-model embedded in a PDF that users can spin around…you can actually see it, and it’s more meaningful to you rather than just a bunch of words on a page,” Gravitz said.
Hieber agreed and added other potential applications for the product test center. (Source: US DoD)
22 Oct 21. US AFRL tests low cost attritable aircraft fuselage and wings design. The airframe design was tested at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, US. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has announced that its Aerospace Systems Directorate researchers and engineers team tested an attritable aircraft fuselage and wings design built at low cost. The test was conducted on 14 September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) in Ohio, US, and forms part of the Design for Manufacture of Attritable Aircraft Primary Structure (DMAAPS) programme.
Attritable refers to a new class of uncrewed aircraft.
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AFRL noted that enhancing the attritable aircraft technology is key to equipping troops with a tool that is easy to manufacture at a low cost, especially when there are tight time constraints.
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Kratos, A&P Technology and Hawthorn Composites created a manufacturing solution for the primary structure of the attritable aircraft.
This new approach of the team helped in replacing more costly composite practices.
US Air Force (USAF) considered this approach as an ‘effective technique’ in manufacturing aircraft fuselage and wing airframe structures in order to achieve swift production of airframe systems.
Aerospace Systems Directorate DMAAPS programme manager Ray Fisher said: “DMAAPS was conceived to evaluate the ability of an affordable design-for-manufacture approach to meet the form, fit, and function of a high subsonic unmanned military aircraft.
“Under DMAAPS, AFRL established a collaborative environment where an aircraft manufacturer worked with innovative Materials and Manufacturing Processes (M&P) owners to demonstrate and test an affordable and agile M&P approach.”
According to AFRL, the latest test is aimed at comparing the stiffness of the structure and strength of the wings and fuselage built using new manufacturing processes against the conventional aerospace M&P approach.
Aerospace Systems Directorate project engineer Matthew Durham said: “Each test has unique requirements and it can take many months for test systems design, manufacture of custom hardware to implement test parameters, configuration of the test article with instrumentation and test hardware, and overall systems integration.
“This DMAAPS preparation took only six weeks, since it was designed to leverage an existing test system, so our efforts were article configuration and test systems integration.” (Source: airforce-technology.com)
26 Oct 21. OnTime Networks, a global leader for rugged, time synchronized Ethernet solutions for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, announced today a new addition to its fully rugged CM-4000 Series product line-up of Managed Switches, Inline Taps and GNSS Time Servers. The newly enhanced Cloudberry CM-4006F0 6-port Layer2+ GbE switch, featuring one (1) 55-pin Shell Size 17 MIL-DTL-38999 III connectors, each holding six (6) GbE ports and one (1) 5-pin Shell Size 11 MIL-DTL-38999 III power connector, providing dual power input capability.
This latest powerful addition to the CM-4000 Series, combines the requirement for small size, weight, power consumption, and cost (SWaP-C) optimization (2 lbs. weight / 10 Watt power consumption). With GbE connectivity the CM-4006F0 is available in an AER versions addressing the unique requirements of airborne (MIL-STD-704) applications. The new design of the CM-4006 allows mounting into confined spaces in test flight or mission applications on any aircraft. The CM-4006 is qualified to temperatures of -55..+85C(*), 85.000ft altitude and provides 250ms hold-over capability(*). (*) Options
About CM-4000F0 38999 Series
The CM-4000 Series is a fully rugged managed gigabit Ethernet switch family of products specially designed to operate reliably in the harsh climatically and noisy electrical demanding environments (e.g. high altitude, extreme shock, and vibration, wide temperatures, humidity, dust and water exposure, noisy EMI, dirty power) of military applications. The platform is an advanced and highly engineered switch that addresses complexity, enable modularity and provides growth, while delivering optimal performance for Space, Weight, Power and Cost (SWaP-C) constrained aircraft applications onboard helicopters and fixed wing aircrafts. The unit complies to the environmental requirements of MIL-STD-810G, EMI/EMC requirements of MIL-STD-461 or IEC-55032/61000 and electric power characteristics requirements according to MIL-STD-704 (AER variant) and MIL-STD-1275E (MIL variant).
This fully managed, Layer 2/3 Gigabit switch provides a powerful set of networking features, including support for IPv4 multicast traffic filtering according to static filters or IGMP snooping, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), port control (speed / mode / statistics, ow control), Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritization, Link Aggregation (802.3ad), SNMP v1/v2/v3 management, secure authentication (802.1X, ACLs, Web/CLI), port mirroring and network redundancy based on RSTP/MSTP.
The CM-4000 Series is a PTP 1588 Transparent Clock (TC) and Boundary Clock (BC) with PTP version translation (v1/v2) support. The unit also contains a standard NTP server.
About OnTime Networks
OnTime Networks is a technology leader for rugged, time synchronized, fully managed, modular Gigabit Ethernet switches, specifically designed to operate reliably in the harsh and climatically demanding environments of the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Recognized for innovation and excellence, OnTime focuses on precise time over Ethernet according to IEEE 1588 (PTP) as core technology. For more information, please visit www.ontimenet.com. (Source: PR Newswire)
25 Oct 21. Ultra Ushers in New Wave of RF Solutions. New tactical RF and telemetry solutions provide increased capabilities in a small form factor.
- New solutions include the HAWK IFFTM, 4504 Radar Altimeter, alternate Precision Navigation Timing (PNT) and guidance through integrated sensor datalinks and line of Digital Flight Termination Receivers (DFTRs).
- The new systems have been developed in close consultation with customers and in line with emerging market trends.
- Ultra will be showcasing the capabilities at the International Telemetry Conference (ITC) in Las Vegas.
Ultra has released a new line of flight-ready products, representing the next evolution of mission-critical, high-reliability RF systems. The Hawk™ IFF micro Identification Friend or Foe system, the Ultra 4504 Radar Altimeter (RALT 4504) and a new line of Digital Flight Termination Receivers (DFTRs) all provide upgraded and advanced technological capabilities for a wide variety of airborne platforms and munitions systems.
“Ultra’s long 30-plus year legacy and strong pedigree of bringing trusted, mission-critical RF solutions to market is our motivation for continued innovation,” said Dan Pikora, president of Ultra’s Specialist RF business unit. “These new solutions offer miniaturization capabilities that will help systems integrators upgrade the performance of their platforms while saving space and power for other critical components.
“Ultra’s special RF design and test capabilities have also brought these designs to new and emerging platforms,” Pikora added. “Ultra is proud to partner with our customers on adapting our technologies to the stringent requirements of hypersonic operational and target platforms.”
The new HAWK IFFTM is a radar-based identification system designed for command and control (C2). Hawk IFF delivers all the performance of traditional IFF transponders in a fraction of the space. Small enough to fit in your hand and weighing less than eight ounces, it can fly on Class II UAS and up, as well as any fixed or rotary wing aircraft. Its small size frees up valuable space for other critical equipment. Like any full-size IFF, it uses a transponder that listens for an interrogation signal, then sends a response that identifies the broadcaster.
The RALT 4504 is a low-cost, all-weather system that meets the high-performance requirements of both manned and unmanned systems. RALT 4504 is a direct drop-in replacement for the previous generation system, offering improved range and power output performance in the same form fit.
The new line of Digital Flight Termination Receivers, including the HFTR60-3 and HFTR60-4 models, are next-generation programmable, digital FTRs that use advanced Digital Signal Processing (DSP) techniques for its mission. Like the RALT 4504, the new DFTRs offer enhanced performance in the same form fit and include the latest in components, circuitry and modern production processes to meet or exceed stringent environmental, EMI and reliability requirements.
The Precision Strike Sensor Core (PSSC) enables first-strike success. Ultra has developed an advanced programmable transceiver to facilitate radar frequency guidance and control as well as in-flight data link communications for conventional munitions, including projectiles and powered rockets.
“These highly specialized solutions have been developed in close consultation with key customer requirements,” Pikora said. “Given our longstanding history in this market, our customers can feel confident in our wealth of knowledge and experience in range safety, range qualification, high-control designs and long-term parts management program requirements.” (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
22 Oct 21. ADEX 2021: Hanwha deepens collaboration with Israeli firms. South Korean firm Hanwha Systems has signed agreements with Israeli companies Elbit Systems and Elta Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), to pursue opportunities for technology co-operation and trade. Hanwha Systems said on 21 October that the agreements – signed at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition (ADEX) – are focused on capabilities such as active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, urban air mobility (UAM), and avionics.
Hanwha Systems’ agreement with Elta Systems will look to collaborate on exporting AESA radars. Such efforts will integrate Hanwha Systems’ radar antenna and Elta’s radar signal processor, a press release stated.
The co-operation will also look to leverage the companies’ joint work on developing an AESA radar for South Korea’s KF-21 Boramae future fighter aircraft, which is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI).
This radar has been under development since 2016 and was unveiled by Hanwha Systems in August 2020. The development of the system is also supported by South Korea’s Agency for Defense Development.
Hanwha Systems’ agreement with Elbit Systems will look to collaborate on technologies for UAM systems and avionics for both defence and commercial domains. Hanwha said the accord will also look to exploit export opportunities. (Source: Janes) (Source: Janes)
21 Oct 21. IAI’s ADA GPS system integrates into advanced Israeli Air Force platforms. The ADA System is designed to protect GPS / GNSS navigation from jamming. These platforms include F-16 fighter jets and different types of uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS).
The ADA System is designed to protect global positioning system (GPS) / global navigation satellite system (GNSS) navigation from jamming.
It is used by several overseas customers on several airborne, land, and marine platforms claimed IAI.
In 2017, IAI secured a tender from the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMoD) to integrate the ADA System into one of the advanced airborne platforms of the Israeli Air Force.
For this tender, IAI provided the IAF with a solution based on a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA).
According to IAI, ADA’s integration enables the continued operation of avionic systems, which are dependent on satellite navigation.
IAI-MALAM division vice-president and general manager Jacob Galifat said: “Electronic warfare poses an evolving threat to satellite navigation systems. The integration of the ADA System to protect various platforms against GNSS jammers is an essential component to any platform or mission system that uses GNSS receivers in general and GPS receivers in particular.
“As such, it constitutes a critical element of any modern army’s operational organisation.
“As a centre of excellence for development of technologically advanced weapon systems, IAI takes pride in providing ADA to the IAF and to our worldwide customers, and continues to adapt it to evolving threats and customer needs, including land and marine users.
“Given its proven capability in providing a solution to such significant operational challenge, we believe ADA has strong business potential for numerous countries and customers.”
A derivative of ‘ADA-O’, ADA System adds to the current ADA portfolio.
It is claimed to serve as an ‘optimal solution’ for platforms (land / marine) that have outdoor operations as a requirement.
In March this year, the defence ministries of Israel and Slovakia signed a $175m (€148m) agreement for the procurement of radar systems.
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.