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09 Nov 22. Course correction: US Army renegotiating USD22bn IVAS contract, eyeing path for different form factor. The US Army and Microsoft are renegotiating their multibn-dollar Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) contract after soldiers continued to experience physical ailments while wearing the device during a recent operational test.
Assistant Secretary of the US Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology Douglas Bush wants to field 10,000 initial units of the heads-up display while also working with the company to redesign the form factor, but this plan depends on both stakeholders agreeing to modify the existing deal.
Bush spoke to Janes on 4 November about the challenges and successes of militarising the HoloLens 2 heads-up display. He is spearheading a plan to address issues in the programme, which is designed to change how soldiers train and fight on the battlefield by providing them with a tool to conduct mixed-reality training, mission planning, a night-vision capability and more. (Source: Janes)
08 Nov 22. RIEGL Introduces New UAV LiDAR Solutions. Among the products launched at Intergeo by lidar companies were two products from RIEGL focused on UAV-based laser scanning. The RIEGL VUX-160-23 and VUX-120-23 are the updated and extended versions of their UAV lidar sensor product line. At Intergeo, Geo Week News had the opportunity to connect with My-Linh Truong, Division Manager for Unmanned Laser Scanning at RIEGL USA to learn more about the pair of updated products.
The VUX-160-23 and VUX-12-23, at first glance have a similar size, form factor and shape, with the 160 being slightly larger than its “sister” sensor. Both of the sensors are part of RIEGL’s line of NFB (Nadir/Forward/Backward) scanning sensors, which means that they alternate from strictly nadir, to 10 degrees forward and -10 degrees backward.
This functionality helps to gather more complete data for applications like corridor mapping and challenging environments with more vertical or overhanging surfaces. It is also adept at handling vertical surfaces, such as the facades of buildings and objects such as masts or poles, which can now be accurately captured.
The VUX-160-23 is designed for straightforward integration on to UAV/UAS, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), and can also be deployed on small crewed planes, gyrocopters and helicopters, weighing in at 5.8 lbs (2.65).
The new VUX-160-23 provides up to 2.4 MHz PRR, 400 lines/sec, 10 mm accuracy, 5 mm precision and an extended measurement range of up to 1800 m with only 2.65 kg in weight, according to RIEGL. It is able to capture up to 32 targets per pulse and thus offers excellent penetration capabilities, including power line surveying and forestry.
The updated version offers a wide field of view of 100 degrees and an high pulse repetition rate of up to 2.4 MHz, which provides additional detail. This update – which will be the standard going forward.
“With the field of view, that essentially puts 2 m shots on the ground per second,” said Truong.
The VUX-160-23 can be used as a stand-alone lidar sensor, or as part of a UAV-based laser scanning system with INS/GNSS systems. Additionally, interfaces for up to five optional external cameras are available.
For the smaller VUX-120-23, the aim is to be a highly accurate sensor for low-altitude missions and smaller UAS, compared to the higher altitude, higher-performance VUX-160-23. The VUX-120-23 can be configured with up to two cameras, and weighs 4.4lbs (2.5 kg).
The VUX-120-23 offers a higher PRR up to 2.4 MHz and higher measurement rates in its proven design, further increasing efficiency for tasks with higher point density requirements. (Source: UAS VISION/ Geo Week News)
08 Nov 22. DRDO launches sonar systems test and evaluation facility for Indian Navy. The facility is named as Hull Module of Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterisation and Evaluation (SPACE).
India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has launched a new testing and evaluation facility for sonar systems of the Indian Navy.
Announced by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the new facility is now operational at DRDO’s Naval Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) in Kochi, Kerala, India.
This newly launched facility is named as Hull Module of Submersible Platform for Acoustic Characterisation and Evaluation (SPACE).
The design of this facility is based on the concept, design and requirements proposed by the NPOL.
The SPACE facility will primarily test and assess sonar systems aboard different types of naval vessels, such as submarines, warships and maritime aircraft or helicopters.
The centre will also allow rapid deployment and easy recovery of other scientific packages, including transducers and sensors.
The new ‘one-of-a-kind’ facility is a submersible platform that can reach up to the depths of around 100m.
In a statement, Indian MoD said: “The uniqueness of this facility lies in the specially designed submersible platform, which can be lowered up to depths of 100m using a series of synchronously operated winches.” (Source: naval-technology.com)
07 Nov 22. Censys Technologies unveils kinetic counter drone system Slayer K2. Censys Technologies debuted its Slayer Kinetic Killer Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) at the 59th Annual Association of Old Crows International Symposium and Convention. According to a company news release, Slayer K2 is a C-UAS development based on Censys Technologies’ existing Sentaero BVLOS. The company’s civilian UAS becomes a loitering C-UAS drone, with the system intercepting threats by crashing into them.
Censys Technologies aims to use Sentaero BLVLOS’ State-of-the-Art Detect-and-Avoid System, which allows the drone to automatically avoid other aircraft, to detect and track UAS threats.
If Slayer K2 fails to intercept the first time, the drone can attempt to intercept the threat again.
Once detected and tracked, Slayer K2 will intercept by physically ramming the threat. Modifications to the Sentaero BVLOS for this mission include reinforcements to the airframe and a mounted blade. If the threat was intercepted and there were remaining Slayer K2s, the drones could be recovered for future use.
Censys claims its Slayer K2 plays a role in a layered C-UAS network as the system could deal with UAS threats that other C-UAS defenses would struggle with.
According to Censys Technologies Vice President of Quality and Safety Duke Samouce: “Counter UAS has to be a layered defense because you’ve have other capabilities here that might shoot nets, quadcopters might fly up and hit it, behind me they have an RF (radio frequency) transmitter that knocks them out. If the threat has RF for guidance. If the threat UAS is just using GPS for guidance RF jamming is not going to stop them. Unless you actually hit it, it’s not going to stop that drone. If it’s going to a grid point with 20 pounds of explosive on it, it’s going to get there. But a kinetic killer can take it out.”
When asked which categories of UAS Slayer K2 could take on, Duke stated that the system could deal with UAS threats up to Group 3.
However, the speed of Slayer K2 at this iteration is not enough to catch up to drones like the Shahed. With Group 3 UAS threats going up to twice the speed of Slayer K2, Duke acknowledged that speed will be an issue. Censys Technologies is also working on a faster drone that will “bridge this (speed) performance gap.”
When asked about how lessons from Ukraine are influencing Slayer K2’s design, Duke highlighted the challenges of a GPS-denied environment and the use of the UAS for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance in addition to its C-UAS mission.
This was Slayer K2’s first appearance, with the drone on display being the first prototype and, subsequently, the system is still in the early stages of development. Information provided by Censys Technologies indicates that the drone’s mission planner and ability to operate in GPS-denied environments require further research and development. Duke also noted that Slayer K2 will remove components from the Sentaero BVLOS, as for C-UAS the drone will not need as many components compared to the civilian design.
“We’ve got a lot of interest. We’re gonna be going to a demonstration soon. This is the first time it’s ever been brought out. So we’ll build another one. Because the one-time use will have different aspects about it. It won’t have as many electronics and it may not even be painted.”
For more information: www.censystech.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
07 Nov 22. CACI develops counter drone solutions to offer ship to shore maritime protection. CACI International’s SkyTracker suite of counter drone capabilities is designed to provide multi-domain, and interoperable counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) sensors and solutions to combat maritime threats including surface and subsurface forces in-port and at sea.
CACI’s suite of tools, including CORIAN, BEAM, and Falcon, are modular open systems that can interoperate between ship and shore. The maritime C-UAS solutions are built around three interoperable technologies that provide kinetic and non-kinetic effects and can be integrated into shipboard systems and enterprise networks alike:
- The Mono-Backpackable Electronic Attack Module (M-BEAM) is the latest iteration of modular, low size, weight electronic attack system capable of defeating complex sUAS. This mounted, dismounted, or modular technology is a small, long-range electronic attack system. M-BEAM features a graphic user interface that surveys the environment to enable units to counter digital or analog signals and can operate autonomously to deliver distributed attacks against adversary threats for a rapid, responsive force protection capability.
- The CORIAN-FS (fixed site) provides fixed facility protection against unmanned threats in locations such as ports, forward locations, and other vital infrastructures. CORIAN-FS uses neutralization techniques to ensure little to no collateral damage to the surrounding radio frequency spectrum and existing communications.
- Falcon is a family of C-UAS and electronic warfare (EW) tools designed to deliver real-time warning and automated reporting and serves as the cornerstone for our maritime C-UAS solutions. Falcon enhances operational awareness across high-level UAS threat groups. Falcon’s capabilities are modular and can integrate into several platforms and systems.
According to the CACI press release, these technologies deliver layered defenses against any UAS threats from sea to shore. In a port scenario, CORIAN can initiate detect, identify, and track operations on a single UAS while working inoperably with BEAM units to determine the UAS’s direction and identity. At sea, BEAM and Falcon can collaborate to perform detect, identify, and track operations against an sUAS threat, with the BEAM operator engaging in link-jamming mitigation or creating a safe landing zone for the drone.
CACI adds: The UAS threat is racing ahead of current defenses and countermeasures in the maritime domain. Hundreds of incursions by sUAS have been recorded in the past few years against U.S. Navy ships operating in controlled airspace around ports and facilities and while at sea. In 2019 off the coast of San Diego, a group of four sUAS swarmed the destroyer USS Paul Hamilton, flashing searchlights at the ship’s bow and bridge several times. In 2017 near the port of Hong Kong, U.S. Navy ships were repeatedly harassed by multiple sUAS, with one landing on the starboard side deck of the USS Chafee while it was sailing into port.
According to CACI,these and many other similar incidents underscore the gap in maritime defenses against smaller UAS. While US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard ships feature a range of defences against manned aircraft, gaps persist in capabilities that effectively target drone threats. Iranian-made drones in the hands of militaries and non-state actors prompted US Central Command in early 2021 to label the proliferation of small armed drones in the Persian Gulf region as one of the most concerning tactical developments in the theatre – on par with improvised explosive devices (IED). On the other side of the world, UAS incursions increasingly concern our Asia-Pacific allies, who see a Chinese naval force that continues to project its influence over the region’s waterways and choke points – often using new UAS systems to perform ISR tasks and test defences. For more information: www.caci.com/skytracker (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
03 Nov 22. Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar plans to equip drones with air-to-air missiles. According to reports by Daily Sabah, and by UAS Vision, sourced from Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the Turkish drone manufacturer Baykar plans to equip its Bayraktar TB2 and Akıncıs drones with air-to-air missiles to engage other drones and enemy aircraft. The report follows comments by Haluk Bayraktar during the SAHA Expo defence fair in Istanbul.
“During the fair, a contract was signed between Turkish rocket and missile-making giant Roketsan and Baykar for the integration of the Sungur air defense missile to combat drones, according to Daily Sabah.
“Sungur is “a proven ammunition, especially against moving targets such as helicopters and drones. Using it from our unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as an air-to-air missile will be a game changer,” Murat Ikinci, Roketsan general manager said at the fair.
“Integration of such missiles to Akıncı and Bayraktar TB2 combat drones can lead to the creation of a low-cost air patrol concept in eliminating threats such as attack helicopters and enemy drones, including kamikaze drones, instead of using high-cost air-to-air missiles. Ukraine currently tries to intercept kamikaze UAVs used by Russia with fighter jets in its inventory but the use of UAVs will be a cost-effective solution for them. The Ukrainian army have largely been successfully using Baykar’s TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) against the Russian invasion since February.
“Today, 93% of Bayraktar TB2’s parts are locally made, the firm said, adding that the combat drone is exported to 24 countries from Africa to Central Asia and Europe, bringing in a $1 bn surplus. Bayraktar said he disagrees with criticism that “dronified warfare” lowers the threshold for war. He argued that drone technology rather helps “eliminate collateral damage” thanks to advanced precision and surveillance.”
For more information: www.dailysabah.com; www.uasvision.com; www.baykartech.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
02 Nov 22. ‘Costly counter drone warfare in Ukraine heightens interest in non-kinetic systems’ – Eurasiantimes. According to a report by Eurasiantimes: “Russia’s extensive use of Iranian-made drones against Ukrainian targets puts a great deal of strain on Ukraine’s air defense systems, which are forced to use high-priced missiles to counter these low-cost drones.”
Ukraine’s armed forces claim to have shot down 223 Iranian-made Shahed-136 suicide drones in the last 36 days, says the report. “US Defense Department Press Secretary Pat Ryder said on Thursday that Iranian drones provided to Russian forces are wreaking havoc despite a limited ability by Ukraine to shoot down some of the aerial systems.”
“In terms of their effectiveness and the Ukrainians’ ability to address them, it’s our assessment that the Ukrainians have been pretty effective in terms of shooting a lot of those drones down,” Ryder said during a press briefing. “That said, clearly they have wreaked havoc… it’s a serious threat.”
The report continues: “This raises serious concerns about the feasibility of using expensive missiles launched by various weapon systems to combat such inexpensive drones. According to Ukraine, its anti-aircraft defense systems have eliminated 85% of the Russian invaders’ Shahed-136 drones.
“Experts, however, pointed out that the issue is not the efficiency of Ukraine’s weapon systems but the cost of the missiles used by those defense systems. The current situation shows that Moscow is attacking Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure with kamikaze drones.
“William Alberque, Director of Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control for IISS, told the EurAsian Times — “cheap suicide drones is complex and difficult. The attacker can use a number of strategies to cause maximum damage.”
“Alberque, who previously also served as the director of NATO’s Arms Control, Disarmament, and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre (ACDC), said that “Solid drone defenses – just like missile defense – require very expensive solutions.”
“Defending against drones, like against missiles, is difficult because it is an offense-permissive environment, that is to say, the advantage always accrues to the attacker. For every ten dollars, you spend on defenses, the attacker only needs to spend one dollar to design a new way around your defenses,” he noted.
“Military leaders have also voiced similar concerns in the past. For instance, a top US Army general disclosed in 2017 that a consumer-grade quadcopter drone was destroyed using a Patriot PAC-2 missile, a multi-m dollar air defense missile.
The report continues, noting that “Moscow, meanwhile, is in a similar predicament and is using its missile stockpiles to thwart the attacks of small Ukrainian drones. It was recently reported that Russia is working to develop the “Antimaidan-Rubezh” anti-drone robot complex to combat small unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The decision was purportedly made to reduce the deployment of expensive missiles, which against drones, are highly inefficient from an economic perspective. Vladislav Lobaev, the founder of Lobaev Arms, one of Russia’s research and development firms, earlier noted that using pricey missiles worth a m dollars against small drones and copters is economically highly impractical.
“This project is presently in the research and development stage. If this system shows considerable promise, it will proceed to the experimental design phase.
“In May, Russia even claimed to have deployed a new generation of powerful lasers to destroy drones in Ukraine. However, such weapons are not currently considered completely operational worldwide, which prevents them from being a practical and affordable option for stopping drone assaults. Russia has also started upgrading its air defense systems to engage drones, and these guns are less expensive than MANPADS. But, it appears that neither Ukraine nor NATO has invested in specialized AD weapons. For more information: www.eurasiantimes.com (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
02 Nov 22. SkySafe Partners with Robotics Centre to launch cloud-based drone detection in Canada. Unmanned systems solutions company Robotics Centre has partnered with counter drone company SkySafe to detect, track, and analyse drone flights in Canada using the SkySafe cloud-based technology. SkySafe owns and operates city-wide sensor networks and offers airspace awareness via a subscription to their cloud-based application SkySafe Cloud.
“As more and more drones enter the airspace, there are more incidents occurring from the work of careless or criminal drone operators,” said Grant Jordan, SkySafe’s CEO. “Drones are dropping contraband into prisons, smuggling drugs across borders, and disrupting open-air events, just to name a few examples. We’re excited to bring airspace awareness to Canada, so unauthorized or dangerous drones can be identified, and threats can be mitigated.”
SkySafe has been testing and deploying counter drone capabilities to military and public safety customers, both domestic and abroad, since 2015. It offers defence against the threat of drones by applying advanced radio frequency (RF) technology, reverse engineering, and deep threat analysis.
“We’re really pleased to be partnering with Robotics Centre on the Cloud product expansion,” continued Jordan. “They’ve been a great partner for many years and our expansion of the Cloud product in Canada is the perfect next step.” For more information: www.skysafe.io (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
01 Nov 22. ‘Increased drone range, speed and payload capacity driving C-UAS market’ – DroneShield Factbook. DroneShield has released the seventh edition of its Counter-UAS (C-UAS) counter drone Factbook, covering key trends in the C-UAS market. This includes the review of the emerging UAS threat; categories of UAS threats, UAS types, and capabilities.
Primary threat categories include:
- Nuisance Activity
- Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)
- Payload Delivery
Different UAS types can include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).
UAS types range from Group 1 (consumer and small UAS), all the way to Group 5, which include large military drones such as Reaper, Global Hawk, and others.
The C-UAS Factbook also considers various types of UAS detection sensors and methods, including radiofrequency (RF), radars, acoustics, optics, and multi-sensor systems. It also compares various UAS effectors, including jammers (RF and GNSS jamming), spoofing, hacking or protocol manipulation, directed energy, counter drone drones, other kinetic solutions, and layered C-UAS defeat options.
Finally, the Factbook reviews types of counter-UAS providers, ranging from start-ups and project companies, to prime contractors, to established small businesses. For more information: www.droneshield.com
07 Nov 22. Quadome and Skylark-N part of Hensoldt integrated naval solution. Hensoldt South Africa is aiming to enlarge its naval business with its Quadome radar and Skylark-N electronic surveillance, tracking and monitoring solution and has emphasised that its Quadome naval radar, and others, can be integrated into its Skylark-N naval communications surveillance solution.
Quadome and Skylark-N are aimed at the small to mid-size offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), corvettes, and frigates. The South African Navy has four corvettes and recently acquired the first of three in-shore patrol vessels.
Hensoldt South Africa launched its Quadome naval radar at the DSEI show in London last year, and the land variant at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition in Pretoria in September.
The Quadome radar offers a 3D air and surface surveillance and defence capability to navies with constrained budgets, that would previously have had only the choice of a 2D system. The company describes Quadome as a “very affordable radar with a second-to-none price-performance ratio”.
It is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) surveillance type radar with a range of 100 metres to 200 km, that can process more than 1 000 air and surface targets simultaneously. It allows the detection and tracking of small, slow, and fast air targets for a reliable picture of the battle space. For example, it can detect and track fast moving aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and sea skimming missiles, and offer support for gunfire and helicopters.
As Quadome is a software-defined radar, obsolescence is reduced as the operating system code can be upgraded.
Hensoldt collaborated closely with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the government’s technology development house, in the development of Quadome. Since work began on Quadome with 40 engineers in 2018, it has been the largest defence radar project in the country.
The Skylark-N, launched at AAD 2022 by Hensoldt business unit GEW, provides simultaneous wideband monitoring and direction finding in a compact, naval qualified and rugged design. It has just entered service with several customers.
“The addition of the Skylark-N to Hensoldt’s naval portfolio strengthens the company’s position as a solutions provider for multi-spectrum operations”, said Rynier van der Watt, Managing Director of Hensoldt South Africa.
At the core of the solution is Hensoldt’s field-proven GEW MRD7090 compact spectrum monitoring and direction finding system. Offering fast scanning, high-accuracy wideband direction finding with simultaneous monitoring, complemented by Hensoldt’s advanced signal classification, analysis and decoding capabilities and an easy-to-use intuitive user interface, the Skylark-N provides a turnkey surveillance solution that can be operated stand-alone or fully integrated into the vessel’s combat management system, Hensoldt South Africa said.
“With exceptional sensitivity, using advanced digital processing and direction finding algorithms, the system detects, locates, identifies and tracks radio emissions in the HF, VHF and UHF frequency bands, providing naval forces and maritime security authorities with unprecedented situational awareness of the radio frequency spectrum and naval targets in the area,” the company added.
Hensoldt is offering a range of solutions for offshore patrol vessels that can facilitate missions such as exclusive economic zone (EEZ) protection, search and rescue, disaster relief, counter mine warfare, logistics operations, counter-piracy etc. It offers various capabilities covering radar (Quadome and SharpEye), electronic warfare (Skylark-N), electro-optical, bridge systems, combat management systems (LYNCEA), and degaussing systems (MASK), amongst others. Outside its portfolio, Hensoldt offers communications suites, mine warfare suites, and hard kill effectors. (Source: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/)
07 Nov 22. Ukraine receives air defence systems as Russia continues air strikes. Nasams and Aspide units arrive from US and Spain as missile and drone attacks target electricity infrastructure. Ukraine has received its first Nasams air defence systems from the US and Aspide units from Spain, as Russia continues its missile and drone strikes on electricity infrastructure that have triggered blackouts nationwide. “Nasams and Aspide air defence systems arrived in Ukraine!” Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukraine’s defence minister, said in a tweet on Monday. “These weapons will significantly strengthen Ukraine’s army and will make our skies safer.” He added: “We will continue to shoot down the enemy targets attacking us. Thank you to our partners: Norway, Spain and the US.” Nasams are a short- to medium-range surface-to-air missile defence system developed jointly by Kongsberg of Norway and Raytheon of the US. The Aspide system made by Italy was provided to Kyiv by Spain. The systems’ arrival comes weeks after Ukraine received Iris-T air defence missile systems from Germany, the first such sophisticated kit provided to Kyiv since Russia’s full-scale invasion more than eight months ago. Ukraine has long called for modern Nato standard air defence systems to protect its civilian infrastructure, as its troops push back against Russian forces occupying more than 15 per cent of its territory in its eastern and southern coastal regions. The US is working with its allies to locate as many systems and as much ammunition as possible. “There’s work ongoing to figure out how much can be produced and how fast, not just for US systems, but for other systems as well,” said a US defence official. Kyiv’s need for more and better air defence systems comes as Russia has stepped up its aerial bombardment of critical Ukrainian infrastructure to make up for its stalled ground campaign. Recommended War in Ukraine Military briefing: Attacks expose weaknesses of Ukraine’s air defence Moscow is using precision-guided missiles and swarms of Iran-supplied Shahed 136 kamikaze drones that can carry a warhead of up to 40kg. Although Ukraine has destroyed the majority of the incoming drones and missiles, enough have made it through to take out more than a third of Ukraine’s electricity-generating capacity over the past month. About 4.5m Ukrainians are without power, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on Sunday. Analysts cautioned that without better air defence, thousands of Ukrainians could freeze this winter. “With rolling blackouts already affecting much of the country and the weather already getting cold, the urgency of these requirements is hard to overstate,” military experts Justin Bronk, Jack Watling and Nick Reynolds argued in a report published on Monday by the Royal United Services Institute. They said the west needed to supply Kyiv with more shoulder-launched Manpad surface-to-air missiles and radar-guided anti-aircraft guns such as Germany’s Gepard to shoot down the Iranian drones. Ukraine also needs western fighter jets such as Swedish Saab Gripens to consolidate its territorial gains, the report added. (Source: FT.com)
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