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NIGHT VISION, MUNITIONS AND BALLISTICS UPDATE

10 Jun 13. US Army soldiers prepare for Afghan deployment with C-RAM live fire drill. US Army soldiers from B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery (ADA) have conducted a counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) live-fire exercise at Thompson Hill Range at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, US. Supervised by instructors and contractors from D Battery, 2nd Battalion, 6th ADA, the exercise forms part of a six-week pre-deployment certification aimed at preparing soldiers for C-RAM missions that are expected during their forthcoming deployment in Afghanistan. An incoming C-RAM threat was successfully tracked and intercepted by a four-second burst from the Gatling-type gun during the exercise, which involved participation of around 60 44th ADA personnel, who are a mix of Avenger missile crewmembers, air defence battle management system operators, as well as radar repairers. Culminating with a ten day live-fire training, the certification process trained 44th ADA personnel in operation of the C-RAM weapon system. In addition to firing 75 20mm high explosives rounds per second with more than 80% kill probability of mortar round, the C-RAM system enables soldiers to perform pattern analysis of the threats, and relay the information to forward operating base’s commander for subsequent action, Soriano stated. (Source: army-technology.com)

10 Jun 13. Daylight Solutions, Inc. has entered into a license agreement with industry leader Corning Incorporated for access to Daylight’s patented mid-infrared technology. As the world leader in quantum cascade laser (QCL) based sources and systems, Daylight Solutions holds 19 fundamental patents with an additional 27 patents pending.
“We’ve managed more than $85M to develop technology and deliver system-level solutions to our customers. The advancement and protection of our IP position remains a critical strategy for the company. The licensing of our technology by Corning illustrates the significance of
Daylight’s patent and IP position in the mid-infrared solution space,” says Daylight President and COO, Paul Larson. “We’ve managed more than $85m to develop technology and deliver system-level solutions to our customers. The advancement and protection of our IP position remains a critical strategy for the company.” Daylight Solutions indicated that the company is currently in discussion with several other industry leaders over the licensing of its mid-infrared technology. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

12 Jun 13. BAE Systems showed its Q-Sight™ at the Soldier Tech Conference at Olympia. The Q-Sight™ family is a new line of helmet display products developed by BAE Systems. Using patented holographic quantum technology, the Q-Sight family employs a revolutionary means of moving light using holographic waveguides. The Q-Sight family offers a modular approach to providing pilots with heads-up and eyes-out capability, delivering mission-critical situational awareness with significant improvements in weight, cost, flexibility, simplicity, and optical performance. Weighing less than four ounces, with no bulky projection optics and no undesirable center-of-gravity issues, the Q-Sight helmet-mounted display systems offers maximum pilot safety and comfort. The lightweight, miniature display clips to any standard helmet, allowing the pilot to “plug-and-play” any Q-Sight system with current hardware. Q-Sight technology features a larger exit pupil for pilot viewing and seamless transitions between day and night, increasing pilot situational awareness and mission capability. The increased visibility and lightweight design minimizes eye and neck strain, which is a common problem for pilots managing the demands of longer missions and increasingly complex rules of engagement. The decreased size and weight of the display also allows the pilot complete freedom of movement within the cockpit.

12 Jun 13. EADS North America completes development of the SONEX-P portable explosive detection device. EA

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