Sponsored by Blighter Surveillance Systems
04 Sep 19. Blighter’s Battle-proven A400 Series Counter-UAV Radar Enhanced to Better Detect Low, Slow and Small Drones.
- The Blighter A400 series radar enhanced with 40° antennas, D3 technology and an adaptable DSP platform to better detect and report Nano, Micro and Miniature drones at ranges from 10 metres up to 3.6 km (2.2 miles) and larger drones and aircraft at ranges up to 10 km (6.2 miles), even while ‘on-the-move’
- Blighter Surveillance Systems to showcase its radar technology on stand S3-235 at the DSEI Show, the world’s leading defence and security event, at the ExCeL Centre, London, 10-13 September 2019.
Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd (www.blighter.com) (“Blighter”), a British designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and counter-drone solutions, has enhanced its Blighter A400 series counter-drone air security radar to better detect and report low, slow and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones.
The ruggedised Blighter A400 series counter-UAV radar has been optimised with the addition of 40° antennas, D3 technology and an adaptable DSP platform. Blighter engineers are also providing a software development kit to systems integrators, primes and the military to ease integration of the radar with other sensors, C2 systems, as well as with kinetic and non-kinetic disruptors.
Angus Hone, CEO, Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “Countering the threat caused by rogue drones is now a global issue and an increasing concern for the military, government and homeland security forces across every continent. Our Blighter A400 series radars are battle proven as the detection element of the strategic counter-UAS AUDS system deployed since 2016 in Iraq by US forces and more recently at London Gatwick Airport.”
The new U40 antennas are now available to increase vertical elevation coverage from 30 to 40-degrees. Digital Drone Detection (D³) technology with sensitivity boost has also been added. This will allow the A400 series to better extract the tiny radar reflections from modern plastic bodied drones even when flying close to the ground or near buildings where clutter reflections are relatively large.
Blighter engineers have also developed an adaptable digital signal processing (DSP) platform to accommodate moving ground clutter and thereby enable the radar to be deployed ‘on the move’.
The solid-state all-weather A400 series radars are optimised for the detection of small UAVs carrying video cameras, wireless communication systems, narcotics, explosives and other undesirable payloads. The radars detect and report Nano, Micro and Miniature drones at ranges from 10 metres up to 3.6 km (2.2 miles) and larger drones and aircraft at ranges up to 10 km (6.2 miles) at speeds from full flight down to hover-drift.
Mark Radford, co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO), Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: “Our symmetric transmit/receive e-scan architecture allows pin-point focus in complex cluttered environments and its use of ‘Ku Band’ spectrum with 2cm wavelength is ideal for interaction with small drones. What’s more, our e-scan technology combined with micro-Doppler signal processing allows us to manage clutter on-the-move yet still detect low, slow and small threats in the air and on the ground.”
The Blighter A400 series radars are modular non-rotating, e-scan systems using power efficient PESA (passive electronically scanned array) and FMCW (frequency modulated continuous wave) technologies to provide reliable, small and slow drone detection even in complex environments.
Blighter radars are deployed in 35 countries to deliver round the clock all-weather protection along borders, for coastal facilities, at military bases, and to guard critical national infrastructure such as airports, oil and gas facilities and palaces.
Blighter Surveillance Systems will showcase its radar technology on stand S3-235 at DSEI, at ExCeL, London, 10-13 September 2019.
10 Sep 19. American Panel Corporation (APC) completed a month-long trial of its advanced vehicle display at the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) at Bovington, Dorset, UK. Supporting in this evaluation were Kent Modular Electronics (KME), TECNOBIT (TNB), and Foxbury Solutions.
A next generation of thermal imaging sensor to display capability was successfully trialed at the Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) during 10-28 Jun 19. This new capability included a latest generation Thermal Imaging (TI) Castor HD sensor from TNB that provided 10-bit video with a specific gamma rate correction setting to a native 10-bit (30-bit RGB) APC and KME display.
This capability not only transforms the user experience by furnishing the commander with video that is easier to interpret; but crucially also enabling the commander to Detect, Recognise and Identify (DRI) targets and objects at far greater ranges than with legacy, 6 or 8-bit sensor and display capability on in-service Remote Weapon Station (RWS).
By using these enhanced capabilities, the commander will be able to effect at greater ranges as well – particularly in the new era of vehicles and weapon load modularity. This capability will enable simpler and faster changes of weapons systems (both direct and indirect) on a single multi-weapon mount, giving commanders true variety and choice to their tactical capability.
The objectives of the trial were to:
- Determine the Detection, Recognition, Identification (DRI) capabilities of a 10-bit video input display.
- Undertake comparative testing against a current in-service Remote Weapons System (RWS) 6>8-bit based thermal imaging sensor and matched video viewing/control screen.
- Understand the benefits of the TNB Castor HD sensor (10-bit) when used in conjunction with the APC / KME display (10-bit).
- Showcase the combined capability to key UK MoD and Defence Industry personnel.
Jamie Boulet of APC said, “The development of longer-range thermal sensors has required MoDs and industry alike to look at a range of similarly advanced displays to accommodate the images obtained from longer range. This is particularly important to avoid collateral damage involving civilians or potential fratricide. Our unique 10-bit technology, addresses this challenge. The ATDU trial was undertaken on the basis of an 8-bit (24-bit RGB) vs. APC’s 10-bit (30-bit RGB) display. The results exceeded even our expectations.”
APC believes the trial was successful in proving that in comparison to the legacy in-service RWS, the trialed system of matched HD sensor 10-bit video and 10-bit display appears to have exceeded existing crew DRI capability and provides a much clearer picture at all distances.
This new DRI capability is believed to surpass anything in current service with UK Land Forces. As a result, this step change means that crews should no longer have to rely on additional assets to perform or confirm DRI, at increasingly greater ranges. It is worth noting that while the appetite for collateral damage remains very low, the increased detail afforded by these enhanced capabilities, allows the operator to make better informed decisions on engagements, and in so doing reduces the risk of using imperfect identification information, especially in time-critical situations.
The Local Situational Awareness enhancement afforded by this system is expected to aid operations across the whole mounted fleet; and will undoubtedly reduce the risk of fratricide on own, friendly or civilian elements by increasing Positive Identification ranges and certainty, thereby enabling greater (and more certain) prosecution of targets in low and no light.
It should be noted that this alignment display of thermal imaging and 10-bit video systems was only a first step in determining what is possible today. It is recommended that further testing both in controlled lab conditions and in an operational context could provide valuable information and further insight into delivering more precise identification and the potential for engagement.
American Panel is displaying its range of advanced vehicle displays in Booth No. N5-263 at DSEI 2019.
For further information about APC display products or technology, please feel free to contact Mr. Jamie Boulet (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
05 Sep 19. EXAVISION, leading supplier of rugged optronic solutions, will present its NEMOSYS-XRTM solution at DSEI. EXAVISION has been selected by European system providers to supply NEMOSYS-XRTM for military camps protection in Africa, military airbases surveillance, airport protection and Counter-UAV projects.
NEMOSYS-XR™ is a modular range of optronic solutions integrated on a precise and dynamic 2-axis Pan&Tilt, that comes with a Full HD color camera, a Made in France cooled (Band II MWIR) thermal camera and complementary options (GPS, DMC, LRF …) allowing long range observation and surveillance for day and night purposes. NEMOSYS-XR™ has been developed and designed to provide customers with robust, easy to use and performing solution for critical infrastructure surveillance.
NEMOSYS-XR™ solution is the result of EXAVISION experience in designing video supervision systems (linked to radar detection and non-lethal effectors) dedicated to sensitive area protection as borders and coastal surveillance, military camps protection, ports and airports, petrochemical and nuclear industries…
EXAVISION has been recently selected by several European integrators to provide NEMOSYS-XRTM for:
– Military airbase surveillance, for French Air Force end users,
– Military camps protection in Africa, for international armed forces,
– Counter UAV application, for long range applications.
With the supply of the Electro-Optical Systems and associated to the Slue-to-Cue field proven algorithms, EXAVISION has developed a new digital image processing tracking function, adapted for Ground/Ground and Ground/Air target automatic positioning and tracking.
Loïc Himmesoete, Defence Account Manager at EXAVISION, claims, “These projects present EXAVISION as a leading supplier of multi-sensor solutions designed for high value-added projects, with performing, reliable and competitive systems. DSEI show is a perfect event to give NEMOSYS solution visibility to international visitors”.
About EXAVISION: independent French SME, designing and producing complex, smart and stand-alone optronic solutions dedicated to sensitive sites protection, battlefield surveillance and remote weapon stations. To learn more about EXAVISION, visit the company’s website at www.exavision.com.
05 Sep 19. METRAVIB DEFENCE, specialist in acoustic gunshot detection for over 25 years, accelerates collaborative combat thanks to PILAR V. Propelled by the French Army’s Scorpion program, acoustic detection is establishing itself as a central technology for collaborative defense. METRAVIB DEFENCE, the inventor of acoustic gunshot detection and supplier of acoustic localization systems for “Griffon” VBMR (multi-role armored vehicles) and “Jaguar” EBRC (armored reconnaissance and combat vehicles), fits perfectly into this new operational approach, by offering solutions to exploit, fuse and share data from theatres of operation. At the heart of the infovalorization and digitalization of the battlefield PILAR V is the essential sensor in the vetronics enhancing situational awareness. Its unique and innovative architecture allows interoperability with the SICS (1) Battlefield Management System, which shares data between “connected” vehicles in order to maximize the infovalorization and digitalization of the battlefield.
Preparing for next-generation battlefield capabilities
METRAVIB DEFENCE is always innovating for a better tomorrow, with major development lines such as the detection of a wider spectrum of threats (big caliber, mortars, RPGs, etc.), data fusion from several acoustic sensors and even fusing acoustic data with optical ones to increase PILAR V’s uses & performances, especially for the vehicle modernization program including wheeled and tracked vehicles. An enhanced ear to master the collaborative mode through vetronics and soldtronics (2) Lessons learned from data fusion and METRAVIB DEFENCE’s innovative capacities to miniaturize and integrate its “acoustic ear” should perfectly contribute to upcoming studies preparing future capabilities such as: • The integration of the acoustic gunshot detection capability into the weapon system, • The deployment of drones and robots into the combat system; • Connection with the dismounted soldier and their different pieces of equipment, such as thermal sights, headup displays, multi-function goggles, smartphones…; • Management of multiple sensors. “We are not only providing high-performance sensors, but also developing software that improves operational capabilities on the ground. With years of experience in the field, we are the ideal partner, our existing solutions are perfectly connectable and sharable to ensure modernization of the joint battle group (GTIA) (3), and the ideal gateway between dismounted and mounted combat. With the collaborative mode, it is essential to move towards simplification to provide the right information to the right person at the right time.” Frédéric Molliex, Division Director, METRAVIB DEFENCE
05 Sep 19. HGH presents latest innovations at DSEI , and announces the imminent release of the new SPYNEL-U. HGH are showcasing their new ‘’Mobile Deployment Kit’’ for SPYNEL-M. To mark DSEI’s 20th anniversary, the company will also make an exclusive announcement regarding the upcoming release of the new version of SPYNEL-U.
Two 360° SPYNEL cameras are therefore in the spotlight at DSEI :
SPYNEL-M, the most compact and lightweight of the HGH SPYNEL range, is used by special forces all over the world. Its small dimensions, weight, and rapid deployment are adapted to unforeseen or remote missions. To continuously improve SPYNEL M’s performance on temporary surveillance applications, HGH launched the new ‘’Mobile Deployment Kit’’, including: a battery providing a long-term autonomy, a wireless connection and a rugged tablet.
SPYNEL-U is also at the heart of the DSEI discussions. The 360° thermal radar is the only panoramic sensor providing with two real-time panoramic views: a thermal, and a visible one. HGH reinvented SPYNEL-U for a better security by design. The company announced they will reveal the new identity of SPYNEL-U across the globe little by little, from DSEI, to DSE Vietnam, AUSA, and Milipol Paris.
Meet with HGH Booth 7317, and learn more about the new Mobile Deployment Kit for special forces applications, and the new SPYNEL-U.
05 Sep 19. NIT, a leading supplier of InGaAs Imaging solutions is exhibiting at DSEI 2019 its entire SWIR products line dedicated to the defense and security applications. When it comes to long-range surveillance, drone threat detection or even observation through harsh weather conditions, the SWIR band is probably one of the best solutions to evaluate the threat. Combining a unique knowledge in ROIC design and a newly developed process, NIT is now able to produce reliable, affordable InGaAs SWIR sensing solutions with state-of-the-art performances. NIT masters all the steps from sensor design to complete camera engineering, including the manufacturing of InGaAs sensors, enabling cost-effective solutions compared to existing cameras on the market. Thanks to its performances and reliability, NIT SWIR cameras have been proven in multiple fields, including airborne systems, long-range surveillance or gated imaging solutions, over the world in the most severe environments.
This year, NIT will be demoing a new member of its SWIR camera family, featuring a Gigabit output and a unique Gated imaging capability: the WiDy SenS GigE. Its fast-rising time and shortest exposure time, respectively fastest and shortest in the SWIR market, will bring a new way of sensing to your application.
Do not miss the chance to put your hands on this new member and come to our booth for discovering more SWIR technology, designed to meet your requirements.
04 Sep 19. Seraphim Optronics – a long-standing provider of sophisticated electro-optic solutions for persistent surveillance – will highlight its FIREFLY surveillance systems at DSEI 2019. Small and lightweight, the FIREFLY line of products uses radar, thermal camera, day camera and external sensors to offer different modes of detection within a single system. It also enables use of multiple communication networks – LAN, Wi-Fi, Cellular and UHF – and delivers a high-resolution, high-quality image. Movements that are picked up by the radar or external sensors, such as seismic sensors, are transmitted in real time to the command and control center. They can also be recorded locally on the system itself for future extraction. Designed for unattended use, FIREFLY can be controlled remotely for observation and target acquisition. The system’s fast deployment capabilities under various field conditions enable multi-task missions. Easy to install and operate, it follows the ONVIF protocol for easy communication with any system. Highly efficient, it requires no infrastructure, and consumes minimum energy when on sleep mode or when being used autonomously using external batteries
“The FIREFLY system is based on Seraphim’s extensive proven capabilities in the field of electro optics,” Tsuli Hershkoren, CEO of Seraphim. “The system can be used at different ranges, according to the needs of the customer. This unique solution unifies radar and sensors into just one system, which is easy and simple to operate, enabling long-range tracking in larger areas, for the purpose of human detection.”
Also at DSEI, Seraphim will present the BEE Family, a compact and sophisticated day and night, dual-sensor observation system especially designed for HLS and security applications. BEE provides users with excellent short or medium-range detection and observation capabilities, using state-of-the-art thermal and CMOS technology. The system is ruggedized and designed for operation in even the harshest environments, and in all weather conditions. Booth S6-120
04 Sep 19. PELA Systems, specialists in sensor integration, are releasing their latest PELAmesh counter-CBRN scene assessment platform at DSEI. PELAmesh, the first known platform of this type, revolutionises the way operators on-scene gather data on an incident and surrounding area.
Until now, specialist operators have operated handheld sensors within immediate proximity of a substance or device, placing them at high levels of risk. With PELAmesh connected to the sensor, live data can be wirelessly transmitted to the operator, now situated at a safer distance. This offers the operator the ability to work with other agencies, coordinating efforts with full visibility of the incident scene. Designed in Wiltshire, UK, PELAmesh combines live sensor data, along with meteorological data from the site, and provides the operator a real-time visual overview of the incident. This increased situational awareness enables operators a greater understanding of the wider incident zone. By using live sensor data, from PELAmesh, to identify the substance, operators can monitor the effect of contamination, thereby protecting the public and other on-scene operators.
PELAmesh features a unique patented design, which has at its heart a fusion of hardware, data encryption and software necessary to deliver live sensor agnostic telemetry in the field.
Highly portable and operational within seconds, PELAmesh has been well received by the British Army, Department for International Trade and other organisations. PELA Systems Founder, Peter Lashbrook has said “we have been delighted by the overwhelming enthusiasm that has been expressed for PELAmesh and the understanding how this can be applied in real-life scenarios”.
Featuring in the Innovation Hub at DSEI in ExCel, London Docklands this September, PELA Systems will be unveiling PELAmesh along with a variety of new and highly innovative platforms for sensor delivery and integration. PELA Systems can be contacted: email@example.com for further information.
04 Sep 19. RT LTA Systems Ltd. – a world-class designer, developer and manufacturer of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications applications – will present the latest capabilities of the SkyStarTM aerostat family, at DSEI 2019. RT’s Skystar™ family of aerostats includes the SkyStar 110, SkyStar 120, SkyStar 180, and SkyStar 330. The recent improvements on the SkyStar aerostats minimizes the drift and drag, which normally occur due to ordinary aerodynamic changes. This will further enhance the aerostat availability.
Ideal for defense, security, border control and HLS missions, the SkyStar aerostat systems are deployed by many forces around the world and have already provided more than two million operational hours. The SkyStar aerostat systems are operational under extreme weather conditions with low operational and maintenance costs, and offering over 85% availability in any given area.
“These enhanced capabilities of the SkyStarTM family have been developed to meet the needs of our customers around the world who require an operational system at any given time,” says Rami Shmueli, CEO of RT LTA Systems. “We have recently completed successful field trials of these new capabilities, including testing them under severe weather conditions. SkyStarTM is one of the worlds’ most popular aerostats, with more than 100 systems sold and operated worldwide.”
About RT LTA Systems Ltd.
RT LTA Systems Ltd. is a world-class designer, developer and manufacturer of the SkyStarTM family of aerostats for use in intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications applications. SkyStarTM is a self-contained, versatile, easily-transportable, cost-effective tactical system comprised of a ground control station, a ground system module, a tether, a lighter-than-air platform, a stabilized payload platform and a sensor suite.
RT LTA Systems was established by former military intelligence personnel and current CEO Rami Shmueli, who served as the head of the IDF’s aerostats department. The company’s headquarters and production lines are based in Yavne, Israel, and its American subsidiary company, RT Aerostat Systems, is located in Texas.
In July 2016, RT established a subsidiary company named Aero-T, specializing in the development and manufacture of large aerostats. Aero-T’s first product, the SkyGuard1, is a large, blimp-shaped aerostat, which can carry payloads of up to 90kg, reach altitudes of up to 1,000 meters and operate continuously for seven days, without maintenance. DSEI 2019, September 10-13, London, Israel Pavilion, Stand S5-220
03 Sep 19. IEE Highlighting Line of Rugged Military Displays at DSEI 2019. Focus on Full High-Definition Display Technology. IEE, a manufacturer of field-proven enhanced displays for military applications, will be exhibiting at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London, England September 10th -13th. IEE’s latest displays feature full high-definition (HD) screens as well as HD video processing, bringing state-of-the-art capabilities for both avionics and ground applications.
IEE’s 10.1-inch Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array (WUXGA) multi-function display (MFD) for fixed and rotary wing applications will be featured. This 10.1” MFD, has a full color, very high-bright, high-resolution screen that supports full HD. The very wide viewing angle and selectable dual-mode LED backlight provide flexibility to assist the operator’s situational awareness.
10.1” Display Technical Features:
- 10.1 inch WUXGA (1920×1200) color TFT LCD Display
o Brightness: 1,100 cd/m2 typical
o Contrast Ratio: 800:1
o Viewing Angle: ± 85º H / ± 85º V
- Extensive array of operator controls on the sealed, backlit bezel
o 13 programmable bezel pushbuttons, with tactile feedback and NVIS filtered backlight (MIL-STD-3009)
o 3-way rotary switch for OFF/NIGHT/DAY, one brightness encoder, two programmable dual-concentric encoders and one 8-way joystick
o On-screen display (OSD) functions controlled using bezel keys
- Video Interface: 2 x HD-SDI (with loop-through), 2 x DVI-D
- Serial Communication Interface: RS-422
- Power: 28VDC per MIL-STD-704
- Environmental: MIL-STD-810F
- EMI: MIL-STD-461F
In addition, IEE will feature advanced product information on the 12.1” WXGA GVA display.
“IEE tracks and selects the latest state of the art HD AMLCD panels, and then applies our proven optical performance and rugged enhancements techniques,“ said Steve Motter, Vice President of Business Development for IEE. “Then we customize the touch screen, bezel and electronics to produce a tailored rugged display suitable for our customer’s military application.”
IEE also has displays available for direct Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) obsolescence mitigation and instrument replacement. This family of square aspect ratio avionics displays are available in a wide range of sizes, video interface options and custom integrated switch bezels. They offer lifecycle and SWaP-C advantages over legacy CRT. IEE is exhibiting in the South Hall-Stand S5-170 at DSEI, September 10th-13th in conjunction with Solid State Supplies/Ginsbury Electronics. Stop by or make an appointment with Steve Motter by calling toll-free 1-800-422-0867, ext. 327, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Ginsbury Electronics: (Part of the Solid State Supplies Group)
Established in 1979 and located in Rochester, Kent, Ginsbury Electronics is a specialist displays and power component distributor and integrator for commercial, retail, industrial and military clients throughout the UK and Europe. For further information visit www.ginsbury.co.uk.
For over 70 years, Industrial Electronic Engineers, IEE, has been a trusted provider of enhanced displays for military and industrial applications. From rapid prototyping of custom designs to full-scale production runs, IEE produces innovative displays with advanced features like low-latency video processing, high-bright and NVIS backlighting, and lightweight, ruggedized enclosures. IEE’s direct control of critical process steps reduces costs, decreases production lead times and improves lifecycle management. IEE display products are distributed worldwide. IEE is ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certified. Go to: https://ieeinc.com/ (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)
04 Sep 19. CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a company specializing in the field of Electro-Optics (EO) and InfraRed (IR) Defense and Homeland Security solutions ‒ presents a unique EO suite comprising the TORNADO-ER and the SPEED-ER systems.
The TORNADO-ER provides a panoramic InfraRed (IR) image, automatic detection of moving maritime targets as well as multi-target tracking capability, covering dense maritime areas and detecting swimmers at short ranges and vessels up to 12km. The SPEED-ER is a long-range observation system that is cued to those targets which have been detected by the TORNADO-ER, enabling users to explore the targets and their contents, and providing highly accurate locational details. The two solutions are controlled by a dedicated C2 system, a man-machine interface (MMI) which includes intuitive panoramic imagery, maps, enlarged images, and observation videos. The user-friendly MMI presents targets on the map and on the panoramic image, providing all required information upon request.
The TORNADO-ER includes two mid-wave infrared (MWIR) cameras. The live videos from these cameras are “stitched together” to provide one panoramic stream. The system scans at a rate of 3 seconds for 360°.
The SPEED-ER has an extended long range camera and highly stabilized optics, featuring CONTROP’s unique technologies. The sensors include MWIR, Short Wave InfraRed (SWIR), Daylight Channels, Laser Range Finder (LRF) and an optional Laser Pointer.
“Always attentive to the needs of our customers, we have developed a comprehensive coastal solution for maritime surveillance that enables a single operator to essentially control the seas,” says Mr. Ra’anan Shelach, CONTROP’s VP Marketing. “It is already in operational use, providing highly effective surveillance capabilities, mainly in dense waters and seas with crowded traffic, such as ports, waterways, straits, etc.” DSEI 2019, September 10-13, London, UK, Booth #S5-220
03 Sep 19. RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: RADA) will unveil two new radars, the aCHR and the xMHR, at the DSEI 2019 Defense and Security exhibition and conference taking place in London.
The ‘advanced Compact Hemispheric Radar’ – aCHR, is RADA’s latest and most advanced radar platform for Active Protection (APS), Vehicle Protection (VPS) and Hostile Fire Detection (HFD) solutions. The APS/VPS market is emerging, especially in the USA, Israel and other NATO countries. The demand requirements include high accuracies, multi-mission, operation under a cluttered and saturated environment, low probability of detection, ballistic protection, and other high-end requirements. The aCHR, currently in the heart of the Iron Fist APS, is RADA’s most advanced radar in its family of compact hemispheric radars for the maneuver force. The aCHR is compliant with the MAPS standard, meets and surpasses all APS/VPS challenges, and is the result of over a decade of evolving development and testing of its predecessors, the CHR and eCHR, which are currently in production. Deliveries of this best-of-Breed radar platform are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The ‘extended Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar’ – xMHR, is RADA’s next generation radar platform for Mobile Short-Range Air Defense (MSHORAD) solutions for the maneuver force, providing enhanced fire control and air surveillance capabilities. In view of current and future tactical threats on the maneuver force, including short-range indirect fires and drones, the MSHORAD is a revived critical need among western forces, mainly the USA and NATO. The xMHR is broadening RADA’s family of on-the-move, multi-mission hemispheric radars, comprised of the MHR and ieMHR, by offering extended ranges, fire-control accuracies, multipath and clutter handling and superior performance against low signature targets. Through its multi-mission and extreme configurability, the xMHR provides Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM), Sense & Warn and ranging of friendly fire capabilities, in addition to the MSHORAD mission.
Dov Sella, RADA CEO, commented, “in recent years RADA has taken a leading role in the new and emerging market of tactical radars for the maneuver force, introducing software-defined radar platforms, showing a superior performance-to-price ratio and extreme maturity in battlefield conditions. This was achieved through anticipation of market needs and a heavy investment in R&D efforts. We are committed to maintain and further building our leadership in the market segments of APS/VPS and MSHORAD, as demonstrated by the introduction of these cutting-edge new radar platforms and additional ongoing new developments”.
03 Sep 19. Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) ‒ a global leader in the development and manufacture of a wide range of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors ‒ has won several contracts in North America and Europe, with a total value of more than $40M, for the supply of Mid-Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) High-Definition (HD) detectors for observation and surveillance applications.
SCD’s advanced HD MWIR detector product lines enable exceptionally high fidelity imaging for varied applications installed on systems worldwide, for airborne, ground and naval applications. The SCD HD solutions enable high performance for varied applications enabling cost-effective, high MTBF, low maintenance requirements. These contracts were recently signed with three different customers for applications including border surveillance, infrastructure protection, counter-UAV systems, and long-range airborne surveillance. Deliveries will begin in the third quarter of 2019.
According to Dan Slasky, CEO at SCD, “We are proud to have been selected by key customers in North America and Europe to supply solutions based on our advanced and proven MWIR detectors. We are seeing an increased demand for High-Definition MWIR detectors for many types of applications. The HD product line at SCD is in full-rate production at high monthly rates and is the result of significant R&D and capital invested in the HD product lines over the past years.”
These SCD detectors will be integrated into the above-mentioned programs in North America and Europe:
Blackbird SXGA 10-micron pitch InSb/XBn is an MWIR high-definition detector for persistent surveillance applications, long/medium-range surveillance and targeting, IRST, IRMWS, and thermography. The compact system provides outstanding image quality and high frame rate. Features include digital ROIC, compact and ruggedized Dewar, integrated electronics with Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC), Bad-Pixel Replacement (BPR), digital zoom, graphic overlay support, and spatial and temporal noise reduction.
Mini Blackbird SXGA 10-micron pitch XBn is one of the smallest HD MWIR (Mid-Wave IR) detectors in its category, perfectly suited to a variety of Low SWaP-C applications including small and tactical payloads for mini UAS and drones, ground-based and handheld surveillance systems, surveillance aircraft, and more. Features include digital ROIC, compact and ruggedized Dewar, integrated electronics with Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC), Bad-Pixel Replacement (BPR), digital zoom, graphic overlay support, and spatial and temporal noise reduction.
Hercules 15 micron pitch InSb is a Mega-Pixel IR detector for long-range surveillance, navigation payloads, reconnaissance, and IRST. Features include a camera link interface, high frame rate at full window, long-term NUC stability, high linearity and low residual non-uniformity, digital ROIC yielding low noise at system level, reduced size of system electronics, and low power consumption.
About Semi Conductor Devices (SCD)
Semi Conductor Devices (SCD) develops and manufactures a full spectrum of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and laser diodes. The company’s advanced concepts and cutting-edge technologies have positioned it as one of the world’s leading sources of IR detectors. The close relationship between SCD and well-established systems houses around the world ensures that SCD’s detectors are produced in accordance with the latest military requirements. SCD offers a complete range of off-the-shelf and custom-designed detectors and laser diodes in various configurations – which are typically applied in IR seekers, thermal imagers, smart munitions, night vision systems, machine vision systems, laser rangefinders and laser designators. SCD’s detectors are designed for the entire IR spectrum – NIR, SWIR, MWIR, and LWIR. DSEI 2019, September 10-13, London, Israel Pavilion, Stand S6-120.
03 Sep 19. Elbit Systems’ DSEI 2019. Display will Include HattoriX: A Manpack Fire Support System that Enables Passive, Precise and Rapid Target Acquisition. HattoriX enables tactical teams to undetectably and rapidly acquire CAT-1 targets with a simple tap on a touch-screen display. Elbit Systems’ HattoriX is a manpack Fire Support system that, for the first time, enables Forward Observers (FO) and similarly tasked tactical teams, to passively, rapidly and independently acquire Category 1 (CAT-1) targets (Target Location error of few meters). HattoriX introduces a step change in the effectiveness of target acquisition at the tactical level as it demonstrably enable accurate and rapid engagement of Time Sensitive Targets (TST) and enhance the survivability of tactical teams. Depicted in the enclosed image is an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Forward Observer operating HattoriX.Featuring payload agnostic mission computer that runs proprietary software, photogrammetry algorithm and an Augmented Reality (AR) overlay of real-time C2 data, HattoriX performs automatic fusion of Geographical Information System (GIS) database, pre-loaded targets data, payload’s visual feed, and C2 information, thereby enabling the tactical user to intuitively issue CAT-1 targets without using any emitters, and seamlessly feed acquired targets and additional target information (image, video, description) into any Battle Management System.
Interfacing with any Electro-Optical payload of choice, HattoriX is comprised of a Goniometer, a mission computer, a touch-screen display unit and a lightweight tripod. HattoriX also includes a remote-controlled configuration for extended force protection. Users include FOs, Forward Air Controllers (FAC), Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC), reconnaissance teams, field intelligence and Special Forces.
02 Sep 19. The RAF Cycling Team and Elbit Systems UK Collaborate on the “Ride Like a Pilot” Charity Cycling Challenge. Royal Air Force Cyclists will ride from RAF Valley in North Wales to DSEI at London’s ExCeL wearing Elbit Systems’ Augmented Reality Smart Glasses in order to raise money for SSAFA.
London, UK – xx August 2019 – Starting on 5th September 2019, four members of the UK Royal Air Force Cycling Association will conduct a 1900 mile (3050 km) ride, raising money for SSAFA – The Armed Forces Charity. They will be wearing Everysight Raptor smart glasses throughout the journey. A spin-off from Elbit Systems, Everysight Raptor glasses are designed for cycling and using Augmented Reality (AR) technology developed by Elbit for fighter jet helmet mounted display systems including the RAF Lightning II. Sponsored by Elbit Systems UK and in conjunction with the RAF Cycling Association, the “Ride Like a Pilot” project will give the cyclists the latest cutting edge-technology while raising money for a cause close to all our hearts.
For the Ride Like a Pilot challenge, the four RAF cyclists will ride for 5 days and cover 80-110 miles (130-180 km) per day, with each individual cyclist covering approximately 475 miles (765 km). The route will start at RAF Valley on Anglesey, North Wales (home of fast jet UK Military Flying Training) and will, pass through a number of other bases including RAF Marham (where the Lighting II 5th generation fighter jet is based) finishing on 11 September 2019 at London’s ExCeL, for the DSEI exhibition. The cycling team will be welcomed at DSEI by Martin Fausset, ESUK CEO, the Controller of SSAFA, Lieutenant General (retd) Sir Andrew Gregory and senior military VIPs. During the ride there will be updates on https://www.elbitsystems-uk.com/ridelikeapilot.
The cycling team will be composed of SAC Claire Weston, CT Ross Mallen, Wg Cdr Jon Warren and Sqn Ldr Martin Pearson, all of whom are keen cyclists and between them have more than 50 years in the RAF.
Contributions are welcome and anyone can donate via this link https://www.elbitsystems-uk.com/ridelikeapilot.
James Grant, Head of Corporate Fundraising & Events at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity said:
“We are delighted that the RAF Cycling Team, supported by Elbit Systems UK, are raising funds for SSAFA with this cycling event. As a military charity with a roster of adrenaline-fuelled challenge events, this exciting technology strikes a particular chord. We wish all of the riders luck and will be supporting them every step of the way ”
Martin Fausset, CEO of Elbit Systems UK said: “We are full of admiration for the RAF cyclists, who have committed to the arduous Ride Like a Pilot challenge, whilst fundraising for SSAFA, who do so much to support both serving and former members of the Armed Forces. The Raptor AR smart glasses are an excellent example of Elbit Systems’ cutting-edge technology, designed for the front line being transformed into innovative and original equipment for a civilian use.”
02 Sep 19. RP Optical Lab – a leader in the field of thermal and SWIR electro-optical solutions – will launch its latest microCORE 250HD cooled camera with a high resolution that was developed for use in various defense and homeland security applications, at DSEI 2019.
The lightweight camera has a x16 continuous optical zoom, 1280×720 resolution with small 10µ pixel size that allows long viewing ranges and providing the ideal solution for systems and applications that require low weight and compact size, together with long ranges and high-resolution imagery.
The microCORE 250HD features auto focus and delivers high-quality image processing. Ruggedized for use in harsh environments, it also offers open-frame and IP-sealed configurations.
ZENITH lens will also be launched at DSEI. The ZENITH is a modular lens for HD 10μ sensors, which features wide/long range capabilities with the widest FOV (field of view) being 40 degrees at ZENITH400 and the narrowest being 0.7 degrees at ZENITH100. The ZENITH features a very high optical zoom ratio of X22, with focus maintained throughout the entire zoom range, providing fast zoom and focus response. It is also actively athermalized to maintain a focused image through temperature changes.
“At RP, we specialize in the development and manufacture of high-performance LWIR, MWIR and SWIR lens assemblies, thermal cameras and modules,” says Ran Carmeli, CEO of RP Optical Lab. “Our cameras and lenses are installed in defense systems around the world, where they actively contribute to mission success. While having an extensive off-the shelf product range, many projects are tailored to customers needs.”
Other RP solutions to be featured at the exhibition include the company’s cooled and uncooled IR-based thermal imagers for surveillance and tracking at various ranges, reaching over 40 km. Among the best-performing cameras in the world, RP’s systems are able to withstand all weather conditions.
About RP Optical Lab
RP Optical Lab is a leader in the development and production of electro-optical modules. Specializing in the field of thermal imaging for the defense, homeland security, medical and commercial markets, the company’s product lines include cooled and uncooled thermal imagers, zoom lens assemblies and customized electro-optical products. Thanks to innovative in-house design and engineering capabilities – as well as new infrastructure, equipment and tools – result in high-quality products and rapid time-to-market.
30 Aug 19. HENSOLDT’s Sensor Solutions at DSEI 2019. The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT presents its broad range of sensor technologies in the Air, Sea, Land and Security domains at DSEi 2019. For the first time, HENSOLDT will show its newly developed SETAS electro-optical situational awareness system for armoured vehicles in operation. For more information, please visit us at Excel London, booth No. S3-200.
Alongside SETAS, HENSOLDT displays in the Land domain several advanced optronic systems such as laser rangefinders and designators, missile protection systems for tanks and a number of rifle scopes. The Electro-Optical Targeting System EOTS II offers a choice of different day vision zoom cameras while the driver sight system SPECTUS II features a low light level TV camera (LLLTV) with unprecedented image quality. The vast capabilities of active and passive radar sensors are shown by the TRML-4D air defence radar and the Twinvis passive radar.
In the Air domain, HENSOLDT presents solutions for airborne ISR like its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system, the lightweight observation camera GOSHAWK-II and the PrecISR multifunction radar. Helicopters and widebody aircraft protects the Airborne Missile Protection Suite AMPS while the modular Kalaetron system provides warning against radar threats but can also be used for strategic Signals Intelligence in an enhanced configuration. Also on display is HENSOLDT’s Mode 5-capable IFF portfolio together with avionics equipment such as crash recorders and tactical data links.
In the Sea domain, HENSOLDT features the TRS-4D naval radar system, which is at present being installed on the new German Navy frigates and the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship, multi-sensor optronic masts for submarines and the opto-electronic laser detection system COLDS NG. Security solutions are focusing on radar and optronic sensors feeding the CxEye command & control system and the VADR UAV capture drone.
23 Aug 19. Seven Technologies Group reveals how AI technology is the key to building a safer, more secure future. A world leader in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems (ISR), Seven Technologies Group (7TG), is inviting all-comers to witness the future of surveillance and facial recognition technology at the forthcoming Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI), 10-13th September, on stand S2 – 165.
The UK defence manufacturer, which has provided ISR for military operations, counter-terrorism and border control sectors across the globe for more than 40 years, is offering a deeper look into i7ense, a highly adaptable, advanced surveillance and activation solution that combines AI and data fusion technology to create an intelligent decision making surveillance system.
Jason Sierra, 7TG sales director, said: “i7ense will change perceptions of technology that uses AI. The device monitors environments and recognises and identifies factors or persons of risk.
“i7ense identifies situations of potential threat by piecing together the individual elements to create the whole picture, it will absolutely enhance military operations and border protection and is going to propel us into a far safer, more secure society.
“It is a ‘deep learning’ device, delivering intel not information. Technology that uses AI is the future and should not be feared.”
By combining the numerous tasks involved in advanced technical surveillance usually managed by multiple teams operating independent technical systems, i7ense builds up a picture by meeting set parameters into one single system. The company is to showcase i7ense at DSEI.
05 Aug 19. Lockheed Martin unveils evolved SkyKeeper BMC4I solution. Lockheed Martin is expected to unveil a significantly evolved version of its SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) battle management system at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London in September. An early iteration of SkyKeeper has, since December 2014, been fielded as the tactical battle management command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (BMC4I) component of the Land Environment Air Picture Provision (LEAPP) capability operated by the British Army. This will eventually be superseded as part of the UK’s Future Divisional GBAD programme, which is in its Assessment Phase.
Lockheed Martin has subsequently embarked on a progressive upgrade and enhancement of the system. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
31 Jul 19. VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) product line up for this year’s DSEI. On Stand N7-340, VITEC will show field-proven products that tackle video ingest, streaming, dissemination, and archiving in the field and inside military and government facilities. With products that enhance military workflows by allowing personnel to digitise, distribute, and view high-quality video and critical metadata across the network, VITEC supports the most advanced video formats for situational awareness, decision support systems, and IPTV platforms.
On display VITEC will have its military-grade, ultra-compact MGW TOUGH series of portable, power-efficient HEVC and H.264 streaming encoders that deliver all the required capabilities to fulfill the most demanding Full Motion Video (FMV) applications. Specifically designed for harsh environments, MGW TOUGH encoders provide multichannel, high-quality, low-latency video encoding, as well as frame-accurate KLV metadata processing including Cursor-On-Target, MISB KLV, and STANAG 4609 from IP, SDI, or Serial sources.
For dissemination and content management of FMV streams and files, VITEC will display FITIS™, an all-in-one solution that can be rapidly deployed in the field or in a secure, hosted site to serve as the central interface for managing live and recorded IPTV content, user access rights, and video distribution workflows. The solution enables decision makers and analysts to view, archive, retrieve, and manipulate ISR footage and tactical military video streams quickly — a benefit that makes it possible to exploit live and recorded video for actionable, real-time intelligence in the observe-orient-decide-act (OODA) loop. FITIS also offers editing and collaboration capabilities for analyzing and sharing video assets with KLV/STANAG metadata.
“In today’s ISTAR market, the need for rapid, high-quality video delivery is paramount for the OODA loop. As a key player in this space, we look forward to demonstrating our fully integrated tactical FMV and point-to-point, stream-protected HEVC distribution solutions, all of which offer best-in-class video quality, latency, and SWaP,” said Mark Rushton, Business Development Director, VITEC.
VITEC will also exhibit innovations in ultra-low-latency video distribution for military and security applications. The first will be the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers zero-latency contribution with 16 ms glass-to-glass latency thanks to the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ codec. This groundbreaking codec provides best-in-class HEVC video quality up to 4:2:2 10-bit, setting new industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. For point-to-point applications, the solutions deliver bandwidth-efficient, error-free video streaming over lossy network, with support for transport protection technology allowing up to 30% packet loss or data corruptions.
30 Jul 19. TMD celebrates its 75 Year Anniversary at DSEI 2019 in London. With a host of microwave and RF products for radar, EW and communications: on Stand S2-332, ADS UK Pavilion
At DSEI 2019, TMD Technologies Limited (TMD), specialist West London based design and manufacturing company, will be celebrating an outstanding 75 years in the microwave and RF field – showing a wide range of advanced products that highlight and emphasise its heritage and proven capability in the defence and security industry.
Jane McAlister, Sales & Business Development Director said: “It’s fascinating to reflect that the same spirit of innovation shown by EMI in the 1940s is very much alive in TMD’s engineers today, working closely with the sales team to focus on our customers and the emerging requirements of their applications”.
David Bullas, Head of Region, Asia Pacific commented “As an international company with a very strong export focus, DSEI presents an unrivalled opportunity to engage with our ever-growing number of partners and customers from around the world. And for those new to TMD, the capabilities on display at DSEI will help explain why we have enjoyed such success in the United States, Asia Pacific and elsewhere. TMD looks forward to welcoming visitors to its new eye-catching stand at DSEI 2019!”
PTX8807 – a proven, mature MPM in the challenging Ka band
Nigel Hann, Head of Sales said: “Some time ago, responding to the EW/ECM market, we invested in the development of Ka band MPM products to counter the emerging threats of higher frequency radars. A fine example is the proven PTX8807 – now a mature product incorporating many design updates for the benefit of the user”.
This MPM features simplified integration for high performance EW and radar systems and provides an output power of up to 200 W over a 26.5-40 GHz range.
PTX8110 – for high performance EW and radar
The PTX8110 operates from 6-18 GHz at 200 W and, with its compact design, is easily integrated into those high performance EW and radar systems requiring higher power. It comprises a high power helix TWT and switched mode power supply.
PTX8815 –the answer to high fidelity radar requirements
The PTX8815 TWTA is designed for Ka band radar applications such as naval fire control. Featuring broadband capability, covering 34–36 GHz, it offers a peak power of over 1100 W in the mid-band, and 600 W at the band edges with a maximum duty of up to 12%.
Solid State PTS6900 – plus NEW version
Optimised for EW, TMD’s solid state PTS6900 MPM employs advanced GaN MMIC technology, and offers high performance over a 2-6 GHz range with an output power of 150 W. It has a predicted 30,000 hours MTBF in an airborne uninhabited fighter environment.
The PTS6963 higher power version has now been launched with a power output of 180 W over the same frequency range.
PTXM Series – where small is beautiful!
For airborne radar, EW and communications, the PTXM Series ultra-compact MPMs feature low volume and low weight and are ideal for UAVs. They operate over the frequency range 4.5 to 18 GHz with output powers up to 140 W and offer probably the highest power density on the market.
PTCM Series – includes New dual version
Ideal for radar and EW threat simulation, the PTCM Series TWT intelligent instrumentation amplifiers are designed to reliably deliver the highest field strengths with compact and user-friendly units.
TMD has now launched a high power, dual combined version delivering more than 10 kW pulsed and greater than 4 kW CW across the 2-18 GHz range. This high-power performance is achieved by combing two TWTs within one rack mountable amplifier. Higher multiple combination amplifiers are already under development.
G2 transponders – applications include UAVs
TMD acquired G2 Engineering in 2018. G2 Engineering has a long history of making range safety transponders dating back to when they were Vaga Cantley. G2 Engineering have now fully integrated the manufacture of the transponders in to TMD’s manufacturing facility in Hayes, Middx, UK. TMD will have on display the range of Transponders that we are now able to offer the market for use on missiles, target drones and RPAs.
TMD – the best partner of choice for product support!
In addition, TMD’s Head of After Sales, Andy Crawford, will be available to discuss TMD’s superior Life Cycle Support offerings which are available to any of TMD’s customers and often involve Long Term Agreements (LTAs). These include agreements for holding rotable stock to improve Repair Turn Around Time (RTAT). Andy Crawford, Head of After Sales said: “TMD’s After Sales activity has been a key focus of the company in recent years to improve its service to the customer base and I look forward to discussing your requirements at DSEI!”
The sales team at DSEI 2019 will include:
Jane McAlister, Sales and Business Development Director
Nigel Hann, Head of Sales
Andy Crawford, Head of After Sales and Support
Stuart Love, Senior Sales Manager, UK and Europe
Steve Humphries, Territory Manager, Europe and Africa
David Bullas, Head of Region Asia Pacific
Richard Patrick, Head of Business Development
Heather Skinner, Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications
Chetna Wagjiani, Marketing Manager
TMD Technologies Limited – Leaders in scientific and technical microwave and RF innovation
With a heritage dating back to the 1940s, TMD Technologies Limited (TMD) is a world class designer and manufacturer of professional microwave and RF products. At the company headquarters in Hayes, West London it produces specialised transmitters, amplifiers, microwave power modules (MPMs), high voltage power supplies, microwave tubes and transponders for radar, EW and communications applications. A previous twice Queen’s Award winner, it also produces a range of advanced instrumentation microwave amplifiers for EMC testing, scientific and medical applications.
TMD Technologies, LLC, USA
TMD Technologies, LLC is the US subsidiary of TMD Technologies Limited. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, it provides complete technical and commercial support to TMD’s customers in the USA and offers a comprehensive product repair centre.
The Sales and Business Development team is engaged with promoting the whole range of TMD’s products, as well as identifying new business development opportunities in the United States.
Blighter® Surveillance Systems (BSS) is a UK-based electronic-scanning radar and sensor solution provider delivering an integrated multi-sensor package to systems integrators comprising the Blighter electronic-scanning radars, cameras, thermal imagers, trackers and software solutions. Blighter radars combine patented solid-state Passive Electronic Scanning Array (PESA) technology with advanced Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) and Doppler processing to provide a robust and persistent surveillance capability. Blighter Surveillance Systems is a Plextek Group company, a leading British design house and technology innovator, and is based at Great Chesterford on the outskirts of Cambridge, England.
The Blighter electronic-scanning (e-scan) FMCW Doppler ground surveillance radar (GSR) is a unique patented product that provides robust intruder detection capabilities under the most difficult terrain and weather conditions. With no mechanical moving parts and 100% solid-state design, the Blighter radar family of products are extremely reliable and robust and require no routine maintenance for five years. The Blighter radar can operate over land and water rapidly searching for intruders as small a crawling person, kayaks and even low-flying objects. In its long-range modes the Blighter radar can rapidly scan an area in excess of 3,000 km² to ensure that intruders are detected, identified and intercepted before they reach critical areas.