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07 Feb 19. UVision Air Ltd. – a global pioneer in the area of lethal loitering systems of all sizes & missions ‒ expands its worldwide presence with the establishment of UVision-USA, a fully owned subsidiary by UVision Air Ltd., that will focus on the US Market. UVision-USA will deepen the company’s sales & marketing efforts in the US & North America markets and support the growing demand for its advanced lethal loitering systems.

The establishment of the US subsidiary is an integral part of the company’s ongoing expansion of operations in the international market in general and in the United States in particular, in response to the need identified by the company that has arisen in the US market. UVision-USA will act as an independent US Company and will assist in improving accessibility and availability for the US customers.

According to Noam Levitt, CEO of UVision, “The establishment of the subsidiary in the US is a result of our understanding of the need for independent local representation and is another step in the expansion of our support and deepening of our commitment to our customers in the US market. UVision has partnered with a few US Companies and developed a very successful cooperation with Raytheon, for the adaptation of our advanced lethal loitering systems to the specific demands of the US Army. The new company will enable us to further improve our high level, rapid response to our US customers, and we hope in the future also to broaden our production operations in the US, which will provide both local jobs and transfer of technology (TOT).”

Mr. Jim Truxel has been appointed to the position of UVision-USA CEO. Mr. Truxel has a proven record of successfully introducing foreign business technologies to the US market. His last position was Vice President Business Development at SAAB Technologies with a focus in the areas of Tactical Solutions, Rugged Electronics for armored vehicles, CBRNE solutions and Expeditionary Maintenance Solutions for fighter aircraft.

Mr. Levitt continued, “I want to wish Mr. Jim Truxel great success on his appointment as CEO of UVision- USA, and have the utmost confidence that his extensive experience will help promote UVision both in the US and globally.”

About UVision

UVision designs, develops and manufactures smart, innovative, cost-effective, lethal aerial loitering systems for customers worldwide. With cutting-edge technology backed by over 30 years of extensive field experience, the company bases its systems on unique aerodynamic platform configurations that meet the requirements of today’s new battlefield doctrines for combat operations in complex, dynamic environments.  The HERO family is comprised of seven loitering munitions systems (Hero-30, Hero-70, Hero-120, Hero-250, Hero-400EC, Hero-900, Hero-1250), designed for different missions at various ranges. These solutions come with outstanding flight qualities, enhanced surveillance options, advanced airborne guidance and navigation systems, precision strike capabilities, and command and control stations that are fully integrated with communication links. UVision’s operations are ISO 9001:2015 certified for Research & Development, Production, UAV Services, Aviation Quality Composite Material Production and UAV flight services.

06 Feb 19. India cleared to buy Boeing VIP aircraft protection system. The U.S. State Department on Wednesday cleared the government of India to purchase two Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for a pair of Boeing-made 777 aircraft. The systems, which come with an estimated $190m price tag, will be used for “head of state” aircraft. India is in the process of procuring two Boeing 777-300ER jets for VIP transport.

The proposed sale will “support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the U.S.-Indian strategic relationship and to improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region,” a statement on the website of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. “The SPS will facilitate a more robust capability into areas of increased missile threats.”

Included in the SPS package are infrared and electronic warfare countermeasures suites, countermeasure dispensing systems and missile warning sensors, along with a variety of assemblies and associated technical support. Work will primarily be done at Boeing’s Oklahoma City, OK facilities. Industrial offsets are expected, but the details will be defined at a later date.

DSCA notifications do not represent final sales; if cleared by the Senate, the potential sale enters negotiations, meaning dollar totals and quantities can change.

The notification is the first foreign military sale cleared for India since last June. There had been concerns that India may be barred from buying more equipment under the anti-Russian CAATSA act; however, supporters of India in the U.S. government are working on a waiver process, given India’s increased importance for American interests in the Pacific. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)

06 Feb 19. The Air Force’s JSTARS alternative has a new architect. Wait, what’s an architect? The Air Force has found an architect to run its uber-complicated Advanced Battle Management System program, which will replace JSTARS ground surveillance planes with a network of existing and new air and space-based sensors.

Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition official, isn’t willing just yet to say who will be coming onboard in March to oversee the program. But he believes that the program will be able to sprint forward after the new official begins work, he told reporters during a Feb. 6 roundtable.

“I hope that I will be able to tell you into the summer that we’ve kicked off some detailed analyses and prototyping efforts and that we’ve pulled in technology from places like our research labs and [the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency], pulled out all the stops to make this work,” he said.

About a year ago, the Air Force announced its plans to cancel its JSTARS replacement program and pursue a system-of-systems approach it called Advanced Battle Management System or ABMS.

The near-term version of the concept revolved around sustaining the current E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System planes and upgrading existing platforms like the MQ-9 Reaper and E-3 AWACS early warning aircraft with tech that would increase its interoperability. Later increments of the effort, which have been briefed to Congress, could involve classified or still-emerging technologies, but the Air Force has not fully defined the final system.

Roper thinks ABMS will involve space-based tech; traditional air-based sensors like those on the legacy JSTARS, AWACS and Reaper; attritable systems — low cost, disposable drones could fit this description — and communications links between those systems.

In the early stages of the program, the Air Force will likely conduct four separate prototyping efforts to see how quickly industry can mature emerging technologies, he said. The architect won’t be in charge of leading any one of those efforts. Instead, he or she will ensure that all requirements are being met, making certain that if — for instance — an air-based system becomes too expensive or challenging to continue developing, other technologies can fill the gap.

“The thing that we don’t know is what can the industry base do in each one of those areas. Can we really do in space, or not so well? Can we do really well in the air, or not so well?” Roper said.

“Maybe the right solution is heavy space, light air. Maybe it’s heavy air, light space, but we need someone between the program and the mission or else we’ll have to prematurely pick where we are in that tradespace without a lot of information to back it up.”

Traditionally, military weapons programs are managed by a single program executive, but ABMS could involve many existing programs and program managers.

The Air Force sees the ABMS architect as key to avoid creating one massive acquisition effort out of disparate programs like Reaper or the legacy JSTARS fleet. If the model is successful, Roper believes it could be used as a basis for managing similar programs in the future.

However, progress hasn’t exactly been rapid.

Over the past year, the Air Force has started an analysis of alternatives and brokered some agreements with research laboratories to kick start the development of key technologies.

“This has been a slower start than I would like,” Roper acknowledged. “We’re going to have to speed up after we get our architect on board.” (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)

07 Feb 19. In a Sea Acceptance Test (SAT) performed by the Israeli Navy, a Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS) dipping sonar was successfully converted for operation onboard the SeagullTM, Elbit Systems’ Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV).  Operating a dipping sonar onboard a USV significantly increases the operational working time and substantially enhances that detection capabilities and the effectiveness of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW). The Seagull autonomous multi-mission USV features switchable, modular mission payload suites and can perform, in addition to ASW, Mine Countermeasure missions (MCM), Electronic Warfare (EW), Maritime Security (MS), Hydrography and other missions using the same vessel, mission control system and data links. Seagull offers navies a true force multiplier delivering enhanced performance to naval operations, reducing risk to human life and dramatically cutting procurement and operating costs.

Operational with the Israeli Navy, Elbit Systems’ Seagull USV performed superbly in the Belgian Defence Ministry 2017 North Sea trials and has been participating regularly in international naval exercises conducting Mine Counter Measures and Anti-Submarine Warfare missions.

  • NATO forces deployed the Seagull USV during a Joint Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise with the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigate “Victoria” and the Royal Navy’s Type-45 HMS Duncan;
  • The Seagull USV participated in a joint Mine Counter Measure (MCM) exercise between the British Royal Navy and the Israeli Navy in which the Seagull USV was tasked with securing a path for HMS Ocean, the UK helicopter carrier
  • Carrying out an autonomous end-to-end unmanned Mine Counter Measure (MCM) mission in sea states 5 and 6 in the Belgian North Sea MCM Trials that were conducted at the beginning of June 2017 off the Belgian Zeebrugge Naval Base

06 Feb 19. SRC radar secures G7 Summit. SRC’s AN/TPQ-49 radar was deployed by the Canadian armed forces to provide air surveillance for the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, the company announced on 31 January. The AN/TPQ-49 with LSTAR air surveillance software provides 360°, 3D electronic scanning capabilities to detect and track airborne targets such as UAS, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, ultralights, paragliders and hang gliders.

Paul Tremont, president and CEO of SRC, said: ‘SRC is proud to support our allies in the vital mission to protect dignitaries and world leaders during events like the G7 summit. These VIP events require advanced security and we are ready and willing to provide our innovative technologies to help keep America and its allies safe and strong.’

(Source: Shephard)

 

06 Feb 19. Saab Signs Support Contract for Giraffe AMB with France.

Saab has signed a contract with the French Ministry of Defence’s Direction de la Maintenance Aéronautique (DMAé) regarding support for the surface based radar system Giraffe AMB.

DMAé is responsible for the operational maintenance of the French Ministry of Defence’s aeronautics equipment. The contract, which includes support, maintenance and spare parts, covers an initial two-year period from January 2019 to January 2021, with options to extend for up to five additional years, to 2026.

“Long-term support is a key part of Saab’s offer and we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with France. We are proud to support the French Armed Forces with our Giraffe AMB mobile command and control shelter, which features its own radar sensor” says Anders Carp, Head of Saab’s business area Surveillance.

Saab delivered the Giraffe AMB systems to France in 2006. Since then, France has used Saab’s Giraffe AMB radar and command and control shelter for a range of tasks, including military air surveillance. Saab will carry out the majority of the work in Gothenburg, Sweden, with some work taking place on site in France. (Source: ASD Network)

05 Feb 19. Streamlight® Inc., a leading provider of high-performance lighting and weapon light/laser sighting devices, introduced a new version of its ultra-compact TLR-6® rail mount weapon light, designed to securely attach to the rail and trigger guard of SIG SAUER® P365® subcompact handguns. The new light/laser module, which uses an ultra-bright power LED, also features an integrated red aiming laser.

The TLR-6 is designed to maximize visibility and targeting capability in a variety of concealed carry, home defense and tactical applications. Streamlight introduced the light — an industry first — in 2015 with a housing designed to fit the trigger guard of Glock® 42 and Glock® 43 handguns. Today, the company offers multiple models of the light to fit a variety of compact pistols and full-size handguns.

“We continue to expand the versatility of the TLR-6, by introducing this new housing that quickly and securely attaches to SIG SAUER P365 subcompact handguns,” said Streamlight President and Chief Executive Officer Ray Sharrah. “Now, tactical, concealed carry and home defense users can attach this light/laser module to their P365 subcompacts and benefit from its targeted bright light, as well as its powerful red aiming laser.”

Importantly, Sharrah added, the light and laser combination enables users to more readily identify a potential threat before taking action.

Like other TLR-6 models, the new TLR-6 for SIG SAUER P365 weapons delivers 100 lumens and 2,000 candela over a beam distance of 89 meters. Its parabolic reflector produces a balance of beam and peripheral illumination. The light features three lighting modes: LED Only, LED/Laser, and Laser Only, with operating run times of one hour for the LED Only and LED/Laser modes, and 11 hours for the Laser Only mode. All modes automatically shut off after ten minutes to conserve batteries. The light also uses an integrated 640-660 nm red laser.

The TLR-6 for SIG SAUER P365 handguns is powered by two 3 Volt CR-1/3N lithium coin batteries. It features an integrated battery door that permits batteries to be replaced while the light remains mounted on the gun, eliminating the need to re-sight the laser after a battery change.

The light is manufactured from durable, impact-resistant engineered polymer. It is IPX4 rated for water-resistant operation, and also is impact-resistant tested to one meter. The new model is 2.5 inches in length, and weighs 1.12 oz.

The TLR-6 for SIG SAUER P365 weapons has an MSRP of $187.43. It comes with Streamlight’s Limited Lifetime Warranty.

05 Feb 19. Raytheon Company’s (NYSE: RTN) AN/SPY-6(V)1 air and missile defense radar completed its latest test, exceeding all performance requirements. In the most stressing test to date, the radar searched for, detected, and maintained track on the target as predicted.

“Now in production, AN/SPY-6(V)1 continues to stack up test successes and milestones, proving the maturity of its design and its exceptional capabilities,” said U.S. Navy Captain Seiko Okano, Major Program Manager for Above Water Sensors, Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. “The radar is on track to deliver game-changing integrated air and missile defense technology to the surface fleet through its ability to simultaneously address air and missile defense targets. This will provide an unprecedented level of comprehensive protection to naval forces and assets.”

Since its inception in January 2014, the program has met 20 of 20 milestones, ahead of or on schedule. The radar has progressed well through the U.S. Navy’s dedicated AN/SPY-6(V)1 testing program. Currently in production, the radar is on schedule for delivery to the Navy’s first modernized DDG 51 Flight III, the future USS Jack H Lucas (DDG 125), in 2020.

Throughout testing at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, AN/SPY-6(V)1 has consistently proved its multi-mission capability to extend the battlespace and safeguard the fleet from multiple, simultaneous threats. The radar has now demonstrated its performance against an array of singular and multiple targets of increasing complexity. This includes integrated air and missile defense targets, as well as targets of opportunity, satellites and aircraft.

AN/SPY-6(V)1 provides greater range, increased accuracy, greater resistance to environmental and man-made electronic clutter, higher reliability and sustainability than currently deployed radars. The radar’s demonstrated sensitivity – significantly more than current radars in the Navy – provides greater coverage for early and accurate detection.

04 Feb 19. German Navy eyes new sensors, BMD for air-defence frigates. Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy’s three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.

A request for bids was released in late January and outlined a requirement for the production, delivery, and ship integration of three new radars, along with associated identification friend or foe (IFF) systems. One more radar and IFF system are to be purchased for test, reference, and training purposes at the Maritime Engineering School (Marinetechnikschule) in Parow.

A spokesman for the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) told Jane’s that a contract winner was likely to be announced by mid-2020. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

04 Feb 19. Echodyne detect-and-avoid airborne drone radar cleared for civil use. Echodyne reports it has received a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US State Department for its EchoFlight radar. “The CJ determination classifies the EchoFlight radar as a commercial product exportable under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) rather than the more restrictive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that apply to military items. This will enable the company to offer its groundbreaking air-to-air radar to US companies that employ non-US nationals and to non-US companies, promoting growth and safety of the commercial UAS market globally,” said the company.

“The key to unlocking the potential of the commercial UAS industry is the ability for UAS to fly beyond visual line of sight and, eventually, autonomously. But to safely fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), commercial UAS must be able to detect and avoid other aircraft and obstacles. For manned aircraft, the pilot performs this function. For unmanned aircraft, there needs to be a technological solution supported by an appropriate regulatory framework. EchoFlight radar offers the technology solution.”

“EchoFlight radar is an airborne detect and avoid radar designed for integration into a wide-variety of commercial UAS platforms and provides unprecedented combination of cost, size, weight, power, range, and accuracy. It is a key component to enable commercial UAS to complete missions safely.”

“This approval is of tremendous importance to Echodyne, since we have many inquiries from around the world about our radar capabilities,” said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne.

As a result of this news, the EchoFlight radar is now available under more business-friendly EAR regulations. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

30 Jan 19. Paris CDG airport to deploy AI/holographic radar based C-UAS in May. Les Echos reports that in May 2019 Paris/Charles de Gaulle airport will deploy a new counter-UAS system (C-UAS) developed by Thales and the Directorate of Air Navigation Services (DSNA). The newspaper quotes Edward Arkwright , Executive Director of ADP Group: “We have been working on this project with Thales and DSNA since 2017.The device is still in test phase in Brétigny, but it works and we plan to deploy it to Roissy-CDG from May, so that it is fully operational before the end of the year …Today, conventional radars can detect a drone at a distance of 3 km. We set ourselves the goal of being able to detect them, with holographic radars, at a distance of at least 7km….The system has to be coupled with cameras and artificial intelligence. It was also necessary to develop a decision support interface and to develop an operational chain.”

ADP is trialling different methods to bring down drones when they are detected, including scrambling the control signal and firing nets. ATM software developed Innov’ATM reports that the system will use its Command Center (C2) to perform efficient multi-sensor data fusion, using artificial intelligence algorithms and deep machine learning for target classification.

For more information

https://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/tourisme-transport/0600581997621-roissy-cdg-bientot-dote-dun-systeme-anti-drones-2239573.php (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

30 Jan 19. US Department of Defense buys Black Sage radar for Navy C-UAS programme. The US Department of Defense has announced it will acquire a UAS radar from Black Sage for a total estimated value of USD35,605.00 for the AFLOAT CUAS project, which required a radar capable of detecting C-UAS targets up to 650m. According to the contract requirements:

“The radar needs to have a minimum of 110-degrees horizontal field of view (HFOV) and 80-degrees vertical field of view (VFOV). The unit must have a minimum of IP68 rating for continuous outdoor use. The radar shall be interoperable with the Black Sage Defense OS system. The procurement shall also include (2) gigabit cables utilizing a mil-spec 11-pin connector for interfacing with the Black Sage UASX system and (4) MESA-SSR hardware mounting brackets compatible with the Black Sage UASX system….Black Sage is the only company that can verify radar interoperability with their system, provide the custom gigabit cable and hardware mounting brackets for integration with their system.” (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)

04 Feb 19. Leonardo pushes ISR options for SkyGuardian UAV. for the air vehicle.  Leonardo is eyeing potential integration of its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems aboard the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B SkyGuardian medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (MALE UAV), which is the baseline for the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) future Protector RG1 platform.

The company is working with GA-ASI to test several of its ISR and electronic warfare (EW) products, including the Sage electronic support measures (ESM) system following an industry partnership announced during the 2018 Farnborough Airshow.

Sage is being pitched as a non-intrusive radio frequency (RF) detect-and-locate capability for the Protector RG1. Unlike conventional podded ISR systems, the antennas can be mounted on the wingtips therefore freeing up hardpoint space for other payloads such as weapons. Moreover, its configuration does not impose additional drag.

Integration of the Seaspray 7500E multimode active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is also being considered. The radar had previously been explored for integration onto the RAF’s existing fleet of MQ-9 Reapers.

A new processing capability derived from Leonardo’s Osprey AESA radar adds an advanced capability to the Seaspray radar, which ensures that it will benefit from the highest level of computing power available to a surveillance radar, Brendan Nolan, vice-president of sales for radar and advanced targeting at Leonardo, told Jane’s.

The X-band configuration adds an all-weather capability, and the company had already been planning to incorporate the processing capability of Osprey into Seaspray, but the business case for it had not arisen until RAF’s Protector programme manifested. The new computing system is smaller and more compact than the previous iteration, and provides Seaspray with the ability to simultaneously monitor a greater number of tracks. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

04 Feb 19. Airobotics Announces Integration of LiDAR. This LiDAR elevation model of a stockpile at a mining site was generated using an Optimus drone flight. After collecting raw data using LiDAR, professionals are able to remove above-the-ground information, such as heavy machinery, vegetation and people without having to physically remove them. Ultimately, this allows for access to proper data scans of the areas. Automated drone startup Airobotics has announced the introduction of LiDAR capabilities, which until a few years ago was only possible with an aircraft as the sensors were hefty and required manual data processing. Today, LiDAR images are captured and processed quickly in the cloud, allowing Airobotics’ customers to make effective decisions based on high-frequency, consistent data capture.

Airobotics’ LiDAR capabilities provides rapid precision scans across the value chain for industries such as mining and construction. Applications typically involve tailing dams monitoring, infrastructure inspections, haul road safety compliance, stockpiles volume analytics, tracking rehabilitation progress, and more.

The use of LiDAR significantly reduces the time it takes for aerial data to be collected, even at night or in low light, and allows for rapid turn-around time on data processing. Airobotics’ drones can work with various payloads. In addition to LiDAR, spatial data can also be captured using photogrammetry, video, and infra-red (thermal).

01 Feb 19. US Air Force intends to issue contract for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing effort.

Key Points:

  • The US Air Force intends to issue a contract to GA-ASI for Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing
  • The goal is to advance sensor technologies that aid in C4ISR, targeting, and other efforts

The US Air Force (USAF) said on 29 January that it intends to award General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) a sole source contract for the Multi-Intelligence Smart Processing (MISP) effort.

The contract is to advance commercial and government-developed sensor technologies that combine multiple sensor research areas across multiple domains and/or cyber environments. These experiments will aid in the development and transition of systems of sensor systems that increase current defence capabilities in C4ISR, targeting, combat identification, battlespace awareness, and protection of airborne asses in contested environments, according to a notice posted on Federal Business Opportunities.

This work includes evaluation, selection, procurement, modification, integration, installation, and testing of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)-developed sensor exploitation technologies and communications into the GA-ASI MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and associated ground control stations (GCS) and squadron operations centres (SOC).

The contract is worth approximately USD50m and is expected to begin in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019). GA-ASI deferred a request for comment on 30 January to the USAF, which did not respond by the time of publication.

The MISP objectives include conducting research and development (R&D), modelling and simulation (M&S), experimentation, testing, technology demonstrations, and analysis for characterising the performance profile of combined system of sensor systems technologies. GA-ASI will also integrate multiple combinations of advanced sensors, processing, and exploitation capabilities focused on C4ISR and strike.

Another key objective is researching and developing open mission systems and computing for optimised on- and off-board processing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and command and control (C2). The USAF seeks to demonstrate and assess integrated sensor systems capabilities in operationally relevant environments. (Source: IHS Jane’s)

04 Feb 19. Emesent Launches Hovermap Autonomous LiDAR Mapping Payload. Australian tech start-up Emesent announced at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) in Denver-CO, the commercial availability of their revolutionary Hovermap drone payload, which dramatically improves the value of drone-based asset inspection and mapping. Hovermap is a self-contained plug-and-play payload which is easily integrated into a range of drones to provide them with advanced capabilities.

It includes omni-directional LiDAR-based collision avoidance and GPS-denied flight, allowing drones to be flown safely underground, indoors or up close to structures to inspect and map them. Hovermap also provides world-leading SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) capability, allowing accurate LiDAR mapping even when GPS is not available.

Speaking at ILMF, Emesent CEO and Co-Founder Dr Stefan Hrabar highlighted the unique value that Hovermap offers:

“Hovermap is the first drone payload of its kind, using LiDAR to provide both mapping and autonomy functions. It allows drones to fly autonomously even in GPS-denied environments to collect valuable data that was not previously possible. This provides a step change in the data collection possibilities for Mining, Energy, Construction, Asset Management and many more. There is increasing demand for these industries to digitise and remotely inspect their assets but access to hazardous areas and the lack of GPS has been a limiting factor until now. Hovermap’s unique capabilities are helping to overcome these hurdles”, says Dr Hrabar.

Hovermap keeps the drone a safe distance from assets while mapping them in great detail. Bridges, telecom towers, power transmission towers and industrial plant interiors are just a few examples that can now be mapped and inspected safely.

In the underground mining industry, Hovermap allows the mapping of hazardous inaccessible areas such as stopes and ore passes.

According to Dr Hrabar,

“sending in a Hovermap-enabled drone to autonomously map and explore these areas keeps the surveyors safe and provides data at unprecedented resolution and quality. This data provides new valuable insights, leading to productivity gains and increased safety from better understanding of the geology”.

The commercial launch comes after more than five years of R&D by world-leading researchers in drone autonomy and SLAM-based LiDAR mapping, as well as extensive testing over the last 18 months by early adopters in the US, Canada, Australia, China and Japan.

Matt MacKinnon of Canadian-based UAS Inc. explains: “We’ve been using Hovermap to fly into inaccessible areas of underground mines to map them. We’ve conducted more than 60 commercial flights in 12 mines, capturing extremely valuable data for our clients without putting humans at risk. Hovermap truly is a game-changer for underground mining and other GPS-denied environments”.

Mr Shinji Inaba, president of Mirukuru Co., said that “they are proud to have been an early adopter of Hovermap since April 2017 and they are now an Emesent distributor in Japan” We’ve been testing and demonstrating Hovermap extensively to enterprise customers in energy, construction, telecom, rail and road, forestry etc. Hovermap’s unique features have led to significant demand and we’re excited to be fulfilling our first purchase orders now that Hovermap is commercially available”, says Mr Inaba. (Source: UAS VISION)

03 Feb 19. Senop launches a next generation fast and high resolution Hyperspectral Camera. Senop, a part of Patria Group, will launch a new hyperspectral camera Senop HSC-2 at the Photonics West 2019 exhibition in San Francisco on February 5-7. Senop HSC-2 is the new reference in the evolution of Hyperspectral imaging.  The new HSC-2 is a result of long experience from 1st generation Rikola hyperspectral camera and based on state of the art Fabry Perot Interferometer technology. FPI technology provides unrivalled benefits when fast global shutter type of true pixel images are in question.

The HSC-2 can take up to 149 spectral frames per second and up to 1000 freely selectable narrow bands in true pixels without any interpolation.

– Our clear target was to take a leap in the hyperspectral technology and create a golden standard to be used in any research fields or commercial applications where the data quality and quantity is determinant, says Aki Korhonen, Senop´s CEO.

– We managed to achieve our goal and HSC-2 is a versatile tool providing a revolutionary value no matter it´s used for example in smart agriculture with moving UAV´s or stand-alone application like food industry or medical surgeries.

– Past couple of years the interest and awareness to use hyperspectral data has been increased heavily amongst the researchers and even more in commercial sector. With HSC-2 camera we are proud to provide the best tool and help them create a better world, says Matti Rautiainen, Senop´s sales director.

Long experience of optronics

Senop HSC-2 optics has been developed and manufactured inhouse in Finland. Long experience of combining optical components with electrical platforms has made Senop a trusted partner in many different fields. Quality and performance standards from defence and security industry reflects straight to HSC-2 camera.

Main features

  • Spectral range 400nm – 1000nm
  • Global shutter frame camera
  • True 1 Mpixels
  • Fast frame rate
  • Up to thousand spectral bands
  • Light weight, less than 1kg
  • Internal GPS and BeiDou, with external antenna Glonass and Galileo
  • Internal IMU: Gyroscope and 3 axis accelerometer
  • Easy focus from centimeters to infinite
  • Data format: standard ENVI datacube
  • Open API

03 Feb 19. DroneShield has today released an ASX announcement with regards to the assigning of a NATO Stock Number for the DroneGun Tactical™. The announcement is as follows:

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its DroneGun Tactical™ product has been assigned a NATO Stock Number (NSN). The DroneGun Tactical™ NSN is 5865661650137.

An NSN is a 13-digit numeric code, identifying all the “standardised material items of supply” as they have been recognised by all NATO countries including United States Department of Defense, and allows for any of the 29 NATO militaries to purchase DroneGun Tactical™ on a “military catalogue” basis, significantly simplifying the procurement process.

The assignment of an NSN is also relevant to non-NATO customers in that it is considered to signify that the product has achieved a certain level of acceptance by the world’s most discerning defence customers, the members of NATO and NATO’s allies.

In 2018, DroneShield obtained an NSN for DroneGun MKII™, the prior generation of the Company’s DroneGun™ product. That receipt of the NSN was followed, within several months, by the Company’s first substantial order for that product (for use by a Middle Eastern Ministry of Defence, in the amount of $3.2m). The Company expects that the receipt of the NSN for DroneGun Tactical™ will assist its sales efforts in both NATO and non-NATO countries.

01 Feb 19. SRC Gets $108m US Army C-UAS Systems Order. The U.S. Army has awarded SRC Inc. of Cicero a $108m contract to help it defeat enemy drones on the battlefield, marking one of the company’s single largest orders for the technology. SRC and Pentagon officials said the contract is for mobile systems that counter small, slow and low-flying drones that are an emerging threat to U.S. forces around the world. SRC, with about 1,300 employees nationwide, including 900 at its Central New York headquarters, has quickly emerged as a leader in the counter-drone industry. The Army initially ordered 15 sets of the counter-drone systems as part of a $65m contract in 2017. The Air Force followed with a $57m contract for the systems in April 2018. The Pentagon said SRC was the lone bidder for the new Army contract for additional systems that use radar and other electronic sensors to detect, track, identify and defeat hostile drones. SRC officials said the new contract will help sustain a growing workforce in Central New York. The company plans to hire 300 new employees this year. About 200 of the openings are in the Syracuse area for offices in Cicero, North Syracuse and East Syracuse.

The not-for-profit research and development firm announced plans in 2017 to double its workforce by hiring about 1,000 new employees over five years. (Source: UAS VISION/syracuse.com)

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