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11 Sep 21. CarteNav’s AIMS-ISR Mission Software Achieves DO-178C Qualification for Integrated Flight Planning with Flight Management Systems. Today’s missions are complex and without boundaries. To better equip operators addressing security, safety, economic, and environmental threats when every second counts, CarteNav is pleased to announce DO-178C qualification for AIMS-ISR, allowing enhanced navigation data transmission and automated flight planning with select Flight Management Systems (FMS) – advancing the critical link between ISR operators and flight crew.
CarteNav, the leading C4ISR mission platform for today’s uniquely complex surveillance operations, is pleased to announce the successful Transport Canada DO-178C level D qualification of FMS integration capabilities, including automated flight planning and enhanced navigation data transfers within the AIMS-ISR mission software.
This qualification marks the end of a 3-year development powered by a wholly Canadian team of CarteNav software developers with aircraft integration conducted by St. John’s based airborne mission solution provider, PAL Aerospace, engineering and testing by PAL Engineering in Vaughan, with advisory support by Montreal based Certification Center Canada (3C). The newly qualified capability advances the critical link between ISR operators in the back with the flight crew in the front – providing the exceptional situational awareness and efficiency that AIMS-ISR operators have come to expect.
The new flight planning capabilities enable mission operators to create flight plans within AIMS-ISR contextualized with sensor and mission data. Operators can then push those flight plans to the cockpit FMS for acceptance by the flight crew. This integration is compatible with multiple FMS installations, with AIMS-ISR supporting cross-fill functions for safe and efficient flight deck management. These integrated flight planning capabilities are available during all ISR phases of flight – improving operator situational awareness & efficiency.
“Our team always strives for rock-solid reliability and operator situational awareness. DO-178C certification for integrating critical navigational functions of an ISR platform is, therefore, an important milestone for our evolving C4ISR solutions that the team and I are very proud of,” said Carl Daniels, COO of CarteNav. “Achieving DO-178C certification makes AIMS-ISR one of only a few tactical mission management systems to meet the highest standard of commercial airworthiness certification. I’m excited to see our customers put this technology to work in operations in which every second counts.”
“3C was extremely pleased to work with our colleagues at CarteNav and PAL on this all-Canadian project,” said Phil Cole, VP Business Development at 3C. “Successful projects like this establish enduring relationships, encourage future business for all those involved, and strengthen local supply chains, even during a pandemic.”
“PAL Aerospace operates ISR operations globally often simultaneously with numerous government agencies. Seamless communication of vital mission waypoints and surveillance patterns between tactical mission commanders or sensor operators and the cockpit are critical to efficient and safe flight operations, especially in crowded airspace.” said Ben Boehm Senior Vice President of Aerospace Operations for PAL Aerospace.
09 Sep 21. TE Connectivity’s Mezalok connector delivers high speed with low force. The HSLF XMC connector delivers 32+ Gb/s with a lower extraction force TE Connectivity (TE), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, introduces its Mezalok High-Speed Low-Force (HSLF) XMC connector to support data rate speeds up to 32+ Gb/s for improved signal processing on embedded computing applications. The enhanced HSLF Mezalok connector joins TE’s family of rugged, highly reliable connectors designed to meet the growing demand for higher data rates. Designed specifically for mezzanine applications, the connector meets legacy Mezalok high speed connector qualifications and uses a rugged dual point contact system.
Fast, refined, rugged, upgradeable and flexible, Mezalok HSLF XMC connectors meet the same rugged standards as VITA 47 and VITA 72. Suited best for aerospace, ground vehicle, marine and missile defense applications, these HSLF connectors feature a wide operating temperature range and excellent thermal stability with VITA 42.3 pinout.
“Technology changes rapidly and it’s always important for us to quickly adapt and solve for market needs. We know signal integrity strength is crucial for reliable high-speed signal transfer within the environments this type of connector is used,” said Jason Dorwart, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division. “We also designed this particular connector to be easier to remove from the board and are truly excited to continue on with our Mezalok connector legacy by introducing our low-force product offering.”
The highly reliable Mezalok HSLF uses the reliable ball grid array printed circuit board surface mount. The 114-position connector is compliant to VITA 61 standards and additional positions and stack heights are available.
TE’s Mezalok HSLF connector family offers:
- Unmating force reduction of 47%
- Mating force reduction of 32%
- Rugged dual-point contact system
For product configurations, TE features:
- Multiple positions – 60,114 and 320
- Multiple stack heights – 10,12,17 and 18 mm
- Ball grid array PCB supports standard surface mount processing
11 Sep 21. Amphenol Ltd are launching the new Stingray 7 magnetic connector series at DSEi 2021. The series is optimised for body-worn and quick disconnect applications and is aimed at First Responders, Security and Military personnel.
Designed to meet the requirements of DEF-STAN 23-012, Stingray 7 series offers compact, low profile, metal shelled connectors that withstand exposure to moisture, dust, dirt and chemicals.
The magnetic, non-keyed coupling system has no moving parts and allows the connector to be easily mated without the need for pre-alignment and eliminates the need to operate any mechanical coupling mechanisms. The magnetic technology allows the connector to quickly disconnect making it ideal for connection between non-tethered equipment, such as helmet to torso or connecting into a vehicle, and therefore protects users from potential injury due to cable snagging.
Stingray 7 is supplied with a last-mate, first break ‘sense’ contact as standard. This can be used in conjunction with the system design to support ‘hot-swapping’ of circuits. It has also been optimised for USB 2.0 data transmission and provides a 90Ω USB data pair while all other contacts are rated at 5A allowing fast charging of batteries.
The attachment of the connector ‘lid’ is common between connector genders meaning that either the female connector with annular rings or male connector with sprung contacts can be cable or equipment mounted. This provides a level of ‘keying’ in that two signals could safely be transmitted via two co-located Stingray connectors providing they are different genders.
Stingray 7 features a modular system on the cable mount connectors that allows different mounting plates to be fitted to a common feature on the connector housing. The connector can be supplied with either Box-Mount or MOLLE loop versions but other options could be introduced on request.
The connector is easily terminated and uses either solder or IDC terminals that do not require stripping of individual conductors. The cable shield can be terminated to the connector housing using standard products and tooling and Stingray 7 can also be supplied as an overmoulded cable harness.
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11 Sep 21. TEKEVER AR5 UAS new life-raft deployment capability available for upcoming contracts. TEKEVER (www.tekever.com) has added a new life-saving capability to the maritime patrol version of its TEKEVER AR5 UAS, with eight-person life rafts that can be precision-dropped to aid people in distress. This new capability has been fully proven and demostrated during multiple search and rescue exercises over the Atlantic Ocean and will already be delivered under upcoming contracts in Europe and Africa.
With fully automatic operation, the TEKEVER AR5 Lifesaver onboard system can detect, identify and locate people on the water, and then precisely calculate the optimal drop-point and re-route the aircraft for without human intervention, enabling the life-raft to be deployed at a close enough, but safe, distance. The system automatically considers weather conditions and flight plan restrictions, allowing the Lifesaver to be easily used in a wide range of situations.
“We’ve consistently and successfully tested the AR5’s new Lifesaver capability, by deploying liferafts with very high precision in a fully automated process. This new capability, that will already be available in upcoming contracts, allows us to provide a first response in emergency
situations. For the first time, and beyond detecting people in distress, we can now immediately do something to help them. This directly supports our mission of making the sea safer.”, said Ricardo Mendes, TEKEVER CEO.
TEKEVER provides UAS technology and services to of some of most prestigious and demanding institutions in the world, including the United Kingdom’s Home Office, and the European Space and Maritime Safety Agencies.
08 Sep 21. Systematic at DSEI. What can you expect? To give you an idea of what you can expect when visiting the Systematic stand, here is a sneak peek of what we will be ready to show you.
The era of operating in single domains is over, and the SitaWare suite enables you to include and integrate all domains through its operationally proven open architecture and built-in interoperability. Stop by the stand to talk to our subject matter experts about the possibilities and advantages of connecting domains seamlessly through our software.
Mounted and dismounted
The SitaWare suite offers situational awareness and supports mission-critical decision-making from headquarters to the frontline. Visit the stand to see our mounted and dismounted solutions, Frontline and Edge, and get a live demonstration of force tracking, integrated chat, geo-analysis tools and many other features, including a new mapping system that features 3D functionality.
07 Sep 21. Panasonic TOUGHBOOK and TriCIS today announced a strategic engineering partnership to deliver technology solutions designed to meet the needs of the UK Government and its Strategic Defence Review. The Government has committed to spending £188bn on Defence over the coming four years – an increase of £24bn or 14% – as an investment in its vision for the future role of its armed forces. Panasonic TOUGHBOOK has a long history of being the rugged mobile computing device of choice for defence and security forces in the UK and around the world. As a UK sovereign company, TriCIS has a track record in designing and modifying computing, networking and peripheral equipment, incorporating UK CFTCS, MIL Standards and NATO TEMPEST standards, to meet military and Her Majesty’s Government’s security requirements.
“The Government has said the armed forces will become more integrated across all domains, joining up people, equipment and information to increase effectiveness,” explained Peter Thomas, Public Sector Manager for Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business Division Europe. “This will mark a shift from mass mobilisation to a new force reacting with information age speed, readiness and relevance to confront the threats of the future. Our strategic engineering partnership with TriCIS will enable us to continue to develop rugged technology solutions in line with the UK Government’s objectives.”
Antony Summerfield, CEO at TriCIS added, “At TriCIS, our mission is to design, engineer and manufacture highly secure systems that support the security, independence and interests of the UK Government and MOD. We are incredibly proud of our innovative collaboration with Panasonic. Working together has allowed us to develop a custom Encryption solution for the new Toughbook that is future-focused and designed to protect the people and infrastructure working hard to defend the ever evolving, digital front line.”
Panasonic TOUGHBOOK and TriCIS will be exhibiting at DSEI 2021 in London from September 14th-17th at the Excel London.
06 Sep 21. Iceni Labs signs graphene technology MoU with 2D Materials. Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting-edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)-funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market.
Iceni Labs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Singapore’s 2D Materials (2DM) that will see the companies combine their respective expertise to develop and market high-technology graphene-based products for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets in Europe, North America and the Middle East.
2DM manufactures high-performance graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of many industrial materials. Graphene is one atom thick layer of pure carbon in hexagonal arrangement which is one million times thinner than paper, 300 times stronger than steel and 97 percent transparent. In addition to being the strongest material ever measured, graphene offers extremely high best performances in toughness, weight, light transmittance and electrical conductivity.
The MoU will explore the potential to use 2DM’s graphene as an industrial additive to enhance the properties of Iceni Labs-developed industrial products including microphones, weapons optics devices and coatings.
Iceni Labs is currently working on two cutting-edge, Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)-funded programmes that aim to exploit the properties of graphene for the defence market. Under the first programme the company is developing the world’s smallest and most sensitive graphene microphones; under the second, the capabilities of graphene are being used to develop a game-changing day/night weapon sight that enables the sight to switch between day and thermal modes at the press of a button, with the form and function of current combat optical gunsights.
Alex Giles, Chief Commercial Officer, Iceni Labs, said: “Graphene is widely considered as one of the most promising materials discovered in the past decade, with superior mechanical properties, thermal and electrical conductivity – all of which makes graphene an excellent match for improving a range of applications for the defence, automotive and aerospace markets. We are extremely pleased to team with 2DM, a world-leader in this technology, to explore how we can advance our work bringing cutting-edge products to these markets.”
Dr Ricardo Oliveira, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 2D Materials, said: “2DM has been achieving significant progress with our trials and commercial applications, we have obtained consistency in increased performance and mechanical properties that reflects what true Graphene is. We are confident that the development in Graphene Applications would be accelerated and optimized further with Iceni expertise in defence, automotive and aerospace industries.” The MoU began in August 2021, with an initial period of 12 months.
07 Sep 21. Galleon Embedded Computing will be exhibiting at DSEI 2021 to showcase our latest small form factor rugged solution, the XSR Tactical Secure Server, and to support your current and future computing needs.
For the uninitiated, Galleon is a world-leader in high performance storage solutions and small rugged data recorder systems, servers, and network-attached storage devices. Our computing solutions can be found in a wide array of applications across the globe, supporting missions from the depths of our oceans to the harsh vacuum of space, and everywhere in-between.
The XSR Tactical Secure Server (XSR TSS) is our high-performance, multi-platform solution, designed for rugged operations across land, sea, and air. As a robust, all-purpose secure server, XSR TSS is capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions without compromising on performance, functionality or reliability – making it a force multiplier out in the field.
Additionally, visitors to Stand #H7-500 will be able to learn more about our new AURORA Family of Computing products, including our Ground Vehicle Computer – a compact, rugged, and high-performance computing platform designed for deployed vehicles in harsh environments.
06 Sep 21. Atkins and Siemens to support AERALIS in implementation of its digital enterprise to deliver game-changing modular aircraft. AERALIS, the transformational British Military jet developer, has today marked another key milestone in the development of its pioneering modular military aircraft, entering into strategic agreements with Atkins, a Member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and Siemens Digital Industries Software. These agreements have been put in place to provide unmatched access to established UK aerospace resources, as well as accelerate digital transformation to become a fully integrated digital enterprise. Together these partnerships will provide AERALIS with the people and processes to develop its aircraft at pace.
Acting as AERALIS’ Digital Technology Partner, Siemens will provide software applications from its Xcelerator Portfolio, a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software and services. Built on a fully integrated digital infrastructure, Xcelerator will enable AERALIS’ to connect a range of product lifecycle business processes to create AERSIDE, AERALIS’s Smart Integrated Digital Enterprise. AERSIDE will connect to everything from aerospace vehicle design, production and assembly simulation, through maintenance, support modelling and training.
AERSIDE will be used by AERALIS, together with its Engineering Delivery Partner, Atkins, to design and develop its modular family of aircraft, starting with the first pre-production aircraft, set to fly in 2024. Atkins’ Aerospace & Defence team will provide multi-layered support to AERALIS, from specialist recruitment to safety assessments and specification, integration and certification. As well as supporting the requirements, detailed engineering design and down-selection processes for developing the aircraft, Atkins will also provide ready access to its human factor specialists for the development of the conceptual cockpit and human performance data assimilation.
The partnership with Atkins has secured a wealth of resources which will enable AERALIS to continue expanding its horizons in the development of its cutting-edge aircraft and will build on Atkins and Siemens’ existing commitment to the UK aerospace and defence sector, bringing proven experience in supporting many UK aerospace and defence companies and key programmes.
AERALIS has been using Polarion REQUIREMENTS™ software and Simcenter™ Amesim™ software, and the decision to implement additional elements from the Xcelerator portfolio solidifies this partnership and will enhance AERALIS’ ability to deliver its first aircraft at pace in order to exploit modular design to support customer needs.
Tristan Crawford, AERALIS CEO said:
“We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Atkins and Siemens, whose resources and capabilities come highly respected in the industry. This enterprise relies upon a solid foundation of digital infrastructure and innovative engineering support, and represents a significant step forward in aircraft development. We are excited to be partnering with Atkins and Siemens in this endeavour, utilising a deep well of resources and support to redefine modern jet design.”
“If agile, modular, commercially-driven aircraft design is to succeed, the need to quickly ramp up availability at commercial scale is going to be critical,” said Ben Sheath, VP and managing director UK for Siemens Digital Industries Software. “We are delighted to be able to support AERALIS in achieving its business goals and the positive impact this will have on the UK aerospace industry and supply chain.”
Dave Clark, Vice President Aerospace & Defence at Atkins, said “We’re excited to be working with AERALIS to help shape the development of cutting-edge aircraft design. Our use of new and emerging technologies, such as digital twins, enables the team to test training jets virtually before they are built, in order to reduce risk and drive efficiencies”
31 Aug 21. Elbit Systems UK will be returning to Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) this year, showcasing much of their advanced technology now in service with the British Armed Forces. Since DSEI in 2019, Elbit Systems UK has enjoyed considerable success with a range of contract awards from the UK MOD. These include the Royal Navy’s ‘Selborne’ future naval training programme, the Dismounted Joint Fires Integrators ‘D-JFI’ programme, the Joint Fires Synthetic Training ‘JFST’ and Night Vision Goggles for the British Army.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, the company participated in trials and demonstrations taking place with the UK Government and its agencies. These ranged from successful Search and Rescue trials with its Hermes 900 UAS for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to demonstrating its C4I systems in the British Army’s Warfighting Experiment on Salisbury Plain. Elbit Systems UK also recently participated in NATO’s Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise with its TORCH-X based Battle Management Application system, to support UK Higher Headquarters preparedness activities for Five Eyes and NATO operations.
Showcasing some of these technologies, Elbit Systems UK’s stand will have a full C4I suite on display, including the equipment demonstrated at AWE2020 and the systems being integrated into the British Army’s MORPHEUS programme.
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “We are delighted to return to DSEI this year. Since we last exhibited in 2019 we have enjoyed considerable successes with the British Armed Forces, and we are looking forward to reconnecting with stakeholders and industry in person, as we explore the exciting opportunities ahead.”
The full list of what will be on display at DSEI is below:
- Skylark 3 is an ISTAR tactical mini-UAV based on the Skylark I-Lex. It can take on several ISTAR roles with its high resolution gimballed and stabilised EO/IR payload.
- Skylark I-LEX is used in over 30 countries, including various NATO nations, offering discrete ISR UAV capabilities up to the battalion level.
- THOR (VTOL) is a Small uncrewed quadcopter with a high-definition data link and control software.
- MAGNI (MINI- VTOL) is a micro autonomous uncrewed quadcopter for intelligence gathering.
- MTGR (robot) is a micro tracked ground robot suited for explosive ordinance disposal and intelligence gathering.
- Mini Music protection system mounted on turboprop planes and helicopters, which uses powerful infrared lasers to defeat the sensors of incoming missiles.
- Redrone is a complete counter-UAV suite which provides and end-to-end solution from detecting (with radar and IR cameras), jamming, and overriding small UAVs.
- Iron Fist is an active protection system mounted on vehicles designed to shoot and detonate projectiles mid-flight before impacting the vehicle and causing damage.
- SkyTouch is an aerial C4I Solution that provides end-to-end multifunctional planning and C2, gathering and analysing large amounts of data from a number of sources to create an aerial Common Operational Picture.
- Brightnite is a night vision system mounted on the nose of helicopters which allows a multispectral night vision using a number of different cameras which offer 200 degrees of multispectral night vision transmitted directly to the pilot’s personal goggles.
- Naval EW is a modular maritime EW suite that uses command and control, surveillance and radar and EW countermeasures, attack and effectors to tailor a solution to a force’s need.
- Seagull is an unmanned surface vessel (USV) system designed to counter enemy mines at sea. It detects, classifies, locates, identifies, and neutralizes mines.
- E-lynx HH multi-band, multi-waveform single-fit tactical handheld software defined radio.
- E-Lynx VA dual-channel, multi-band, multi-waveform vehicular software defined radio based on manpack transceiver.
- E-Lynx AR is a multi-channel software defined radio designed for airborne platforms and mission airborne radio computer applications.
- E-Lynx MP Soldier Radio multi-band, multi-waveform single-fit tactical manpack software defined radio.
- Dominator ‘soldier’ is a wearable soldier load carrying protection vest system divided into three levels. Light uses a PNR-1000 radio. Basic adds a RAPTOR computer for situational awareness. Advanced further adds command and control capabilities.
- XACT TH is an uncooled thermal sight that is mounted on top of a rifle.
- XACT SE is a heads-up colour display for day/night operations mixed with augmented reality. The system is mounted on the war fighter’s helmet.
- NIGHT VISION goggles for an individual soldier.
- Rattler H is a handheld coded laser designator/marker with built-in LRF provides positive and accurate targeting for incoming munitions for close air support missions.
- SUPERVISIR an easy-to-use infrared wide area persistent surveillance system, enabling 24/7 ISTAR activities. It can be mounted on a tripod and accessed remotely.
- HATTORIX + AION UC: HattoriX is a dismounted ISTAR next-generation fire support and intelligence solution designed to shorten the sensor to shooter cycle in high effectiveness and accuracy. AION UC is a lightweight, high-performance uncooled thermal handheld observation system that can also be paired with the HattoriX system.
- RATTLER GX/XR is a dismounted coded designator/marker with built-in LRF and DMC designed to work with air-launched and ground precision-guided munitions.
- ELINT – LAND EW is based on an electronic signals intelligence gathering suite that scans and identifies enemy electromagnetic frequencies.
- COMINT – LAND EW is based on electronic warfare systems that monitor communications. (Source: www.joint-forcescom)
11 Sep 21. Epsilor to Showcase Its Range of COMBATT 6T Li-Ion Batteries for Defence Vehicles and Robots at DSEI 2021. Epsilor’s COMBATT 6T Li-Ion vehicle batteries, which have been tested by leading defence forces around the world, including the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, proved to have the highest energy density. Epsilor, a globally recognised manufacturer of smart batteries, chargers and tactical power systems, will present its range of COMBATT 6T Li-Ion Batteries for defence vehicles and robots at the DSEI Exhibition, which will take place in London on September 14–17, 2021. Epsilor’s COMBATT 6T Li-Ion vehicle battery product range, which offers the highest energy density across the 6T category, contains 35 percent more energy than its closest competitor. The product line offers more than 3,000 deep charge cycles in the Li-Ion LFP category and more than 1,000 deep charge cycles in the Li-Ion NCA category, enabling the batteries to operate for seven to ten years with no need for maintenance or replacement. The COMBATT battery line complies with the safety and performance requirements of the new British DEF-STAN 61-021specification for 6T batteries, as well as with the requirements of the US Army MIL-PRF-32565B. COMBATT 6T batteries have been tested by the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which evaluated them for the upcoming armoured vehicle programs of the British MoD, such as the Boxer MIV, the Ajax AFV and the Challenger 3 MBT. Tested on a Challenger 2, COMBATT 6T proved to offer the highest energy density among all test participants, offering a silent watch of more than six hours, significantly more than the second-best battery. Epsilor’s 6T product line has been selected, purchased and field tested by more than 12 customers all over the world. The batteries are installed on some of the most prestigious platforms of leading global vehicle manufacturers.
“The British Army is in the midst of a fundamental technological change, introducing new fully digital weapon systems, armoured vehicles, robots and soldier equipment,” said Epsilor president Ronen Badichi. “All these programs present a growing demand for energy, which we are addressing with our advanced batteries and chargers.”
Epsilor will also present at the exhibition its full line of advanced custom and smart lithium batteries for a wide range of tactical uses such as radio and electro optical equipment, which are already in use by several NATO armies, including those of France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Poland.
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.