18 Apr 13. HGH Infrared Systems, a global provider of 360 degree thermal imaging systems, announces the debut of their new high resolution system for Wide Area Surveillance. The new camera, the Spynel-S, features a new look and a longer detection range, displaying panoramic thermal images with an impressive resolution up to 30 Mpix. Associated with Cyclope advanced motion detection software, it provides unprecedented real-time security against conventional and asymmetrical threats, in the whole surroundings, up to the horizon. The Spynel-S comes to the market at an opportune time as HGH has a high demand for long range passive automatic threat detection system, especially in the maritime market. With a large mid-wave infrared focal plane array, Spynel-S exhibits high performance, especially in warm and humid regions. Working night and day, with a visual image of the whole panorama, the Spynel-S detects and tracks unlimited movements over several kilometers in all types of weather. To fulfill all passive surveillance requirements for air, land and maritime applications, 3 different Spinel-S variations are available, with different vertical fields-of-view (5°, 10° and 20°). It will give early intrusion alert of targets, such as crawling men, small wooden boats, RIBs, UAVs, stealth aircrafts. Any human trespassing within 100 square-km area around the sensor will be spotted and tracked on Cyclope display. The award-winning Vigiscan will be changing its name to the Spynel-C to join the rest of the Spynel family. With dozens of these cameras sold and deployed, HGH is looking forward to the Spynel’s continued success. About HGH Infrared Systems: Founded in 1982, HGH designs, develops, assembles and sells complete high end optronics systems for security, industrial and civil applications. HGH’s team of highly qualified engineering team is comprised of experts in optics, software, mechanics and electronics. HGH strives to provide advanced and innovative infrared equipment to protect their clients all around the world, while keeping the agility and dedication of a small and passionate team. Speed, flexibility, technical excellence and innovation constitute their core values. HGH has established itself as an international reference for infrared technology innovation through the development of multiple advanced thermal sensors, among which its award-winning real-time 360 degree thermal camera, the Spynel-C – 2008 Product of the Year from Photonics Tech Briefs, 2010 Innovation Prize from the EuroNaval Committee, 2011 Kummerman Award from the French Academy of Marine, 2012 GovSec Platinum Award.
25 Apr 13. Russia to develop new rail-mobile ICBM system. The Russian MoD has started design work to develop a new rail-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system to counter global threats, the country’s deputy defence minister Yury Borisov has announced. Borisov was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that a research and development programme for ICBM production has been initiated by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology and is currently in preliminary stages. Without disclosing the programme’s duration, Borisov noted that the total project cost was yet to be determined by the MoD. However, an undisclosed senior MoD official told the news agency in December 2012 that the ICBM prototypes were likely to be deployed by 2020. Using domestically manufactured components, the new systems are expected to weigh less than the decommissioned Soviet-era built ICBMs and can be fitted into one railway carriage. Deployed in 1987, the Russian military’s first rail-portable long-range missile system featured Yuzhnoye Design Bureau-built 104t SS-24 Scalpel missiles, required three locomotives for movement and also damaged railroad tracks due to heavy weight. The systems also complicated counter-strike manoeuvres, as the missiles were mounted on trains instead of stationary launchers, in an effort to make their detection and destruction more diffic