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09 Sep 19. SCD ‒ a global leader in the development and manufacture of a wide range of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and high-power laser diodes ‒ will lead the Israeli national Smart Imaging consortium, supported by the Israeli Innovation Authority (MAGNET Consortium Program). Other members of the Consortium include Elbit Systems, the Technion, Bar Ilan and Ben Gurion Universities.
The main goals of the consortium are to develop and bring to market innovative imaging technologies for vision-based applications such as autonomous systems. The consortium will develop sensors with emphasis on innovative digital Read Out Integrated Circuits (ROIC), simulation capabilities, detection and tracking of fast dynamic events, and the classification technologies needed for defense, security and commercial systems.
The project is planned for 3 years in 2 phases. The first phase will be performed over an 18-month period, budget has already been approved and program already initiated.
The concept of initial processing in the focal plane at the ROIC level is actually taken from human visual systems. These are known for both excellent spatial sharpness and high temporal resolution. Dual focus on “sharpness” and “speed” is made possible through various processing streams that are already carried out in the retina.
Similarly, in the Smart Imaging consortium, capabilities will be developed that will allow initial processing at the detector and ROIC level for various sensor types, focusing on special processing technology at the pixel level. This processing will be accompanied by the deep neural network based algorithms for classification of events at the edge sensor level. These developments will solve the communication bottleneck from mega-pixel edge sensors to the processing cloud by using smart information extraction.
According to Dan Slasky, CEO at SCD, “In recent years, cameras have become the main tool for data acquisition and processing in a growing range of applications, including autonomous vehicles, drones, robots, automated production lines, smart cities, traffic management, aircraft systems, security systems, and more. They all use cameras as the main input source, and in many cases, use multiple cameras. These systems process the video, make decisions, and produce an appropriate response.”
“The Smart Imaging consortium”, he added, “will offer a unique solution and be a game changer for these systems. The solution, based on sensors and systems, apart from the video image they produce, will include additional capabilities for detecting events and analyzing images, thus providing an array of useful and relevant information.”
Israel Pavilion, Stand S6-120
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.
09 Sep 19. IMC Industries – a leading global provider of RF modules, microwave components, antennas and data link communication systems for defense and homeland security applications – is set to announce the launch of its new 100W rugged Flight Termination System (FTS) for termination unmanned vehicles over which control has been lost.
With this latest development, IMC provides a complete FTS and FTR solution which includes a ground unit that disables flight and destroys unmanned vehicles in the event that control is lost. Other features of the system include a receiver and antenna, a power amplifier up to 2kW enabling it to operate at very long range and overcome obstructions, and a verification receiver and logger, used to investigate an event. The company has also designed antennas for vehicles that can work at temperatures of up to 800°C for short time.
“Unmanned vehicles today are complex and change rapidly, so there is a need for a system that enables flight to be terminated and the platform to be neutralized in real time, when control over it has been lost,” says Adi Ayalon, VP of IMC Industries. “Leveraging IMC’s many years’ experience in broadcasting and recording, this system has been developed to have long-range capabilities and be operable in harsh conditions.”
The new FTS conforms with the requirements of the IRIG 313-01 standard, has an output power of 100W and operates in the 400MHz-450MHz frequency range. It joins IMC’s existing range of FTS units. On the command side, this includes exciters that operate in the 400MHz-450MHz frequency range, transmitting commands according to the IRIG 313-01 standard or private standard; power amplifiers that connect to the exciter with outputs ranging from 100W up to 2kW; and verification receivers and directional and omni-directional antennas suitable for this frequency range and output power.
Also at DSEI, IMC Industries will highlight data link, microwave and RF systems installed on a variety of military platforms, such as UAV & UGV systems, flight tests and missile experiments, training simulators, electronic warfare (EW) and radar systems, and aerospace systems.
About IMC Industries
IMC Industries is a global leading provider specializing in state-of-the-art RF modules, microwave components and data link communication systems for defense, HLS and civilian applications.
IMC’s products supply cutting-edge solutions for aerospace, ground and maritime platforms. Each tailor-made configuration is suited to MIL-STD requirements and a variety of client needs.
For more information on IMC Industries, please visit the company’s website: www.imc-mw.com.
London, Israel Pavilion, South Hall, S5-220
04 Sep 19. OPenWorks Engineering to exhibit mobile counter-drone response vehicle at DSEI. OPenWorks Engineering has developed a vehicle-mounted version of its SkyWall net capture product capable of providing large area protection. The SkyWall Auto Response vehicle looks like a typical commercial vehicle at first sight as the drone capture system is hidden under rapidly deployable covers, ensuring the system remains discreet when not in use. When a drone threat has been detected, the vehicle can quickly respond and the SkyWall net capture system automatically deployed from under the cover.
SkyWall Auto Response is the first mounted deployment of the autonomous drone capture solution that was originally developed by OpenWorks and their technology partners Antmicro. The developmental system has previously been tested and proven in static installations at high-profile military evaluations and can capture fast moving multi-rotor (quad) or fixed-wing drones.
OpenWorks expects the first operational deployments of SkyWall Auto Response to be in the coming months, and reports strong interest from the user community. The system will be displayed in the outdoor space at DSEI 2019 (10th – 13th September), at the Excel Centre London, as the system is formally launched to the world.
OpenWorks released the handheld capture system SkyWall100 in 2016 and has since delivered systems to law enforcement and military customers around the world. The latest release provides another option to work alongside the existing systems or for operators that require larger area protection. (Source: www.unmannedairspace.info)
09 Sep 19. TMD Technologies to Launch New Transponder. TMD Technologies (TMD) will be launching a new solid-state, high-power (400 W) C-Band transponder, combining the latest GaN transistor-based transmitter, receiver, duplexer, and signal processor in November. This follows TMD’s acquisition of transponder designer and manufacturer G2 Engineering in 2018. The acquisition has enabled TMD to offer an expanded, high value package to its customers, with all the advantages of more seamless integration and enhanced service.
The new transponder is a purely solid-state solution replacing earlier magnetron-based systems and offers customers a smaller, lighter and more reliable product for range safety applications.
Andy Crawford, Head of After Sales & Support at TMD said: “This new product offers a fully compliant, robust, highly reliable solution for any high performance, C-Band, radar range tracking requirement for use as a range safety transponder to detect targets.”
Louis Rodriguez, Head of Engineering – Transponders at TMD said: “The new all solid-state model 302C-400 is much smaller, lighter and more reliable than previous magnetron-based systems and represents a major step forward in technology for situations where constrained space is a major consideration”.
The new 302C-400-1 Transponder represents the latest addition to TMD’s product range which builds on the successful introduction of our 1 W, 20 W and 50 W transponder products. TMD can provide the latest state-of-the-art high-power rugged transponders to ensure safe operation for all flight test activities in the smallest packages available today.
09 Sep 19. METIS Aerospace announce leading edge counter-UAV Solution. In December 2018, Gatwick Airport witnessed first‐hand the disruption that unauthorised UAVs can cause. As the second largest airport in the UK, Gatwick transports approximately 46 million passengers a year to over 200 destinations world‐wide. When reports indicated that a UAV was within a kilometre of the runway, risking a collision with an aircraft, cancellations and delays affected 140,000 passengers. METIS Aerospace attended Gatwick during this incident to provide part of its counter‐UAV capability. SKYPERION helped to provide assurance that the airspace was clear, which allowed the 36‐hour standstill to come to an end. According to Gatwick:
‘We are delighted to say that METIS responded immediately. They collaborated closely with ourselves and others and provided part of the required assurance that helped to ensure the continued safety and resilience of our airport.
Having now formalised a long‐term relationship, we continue to work closely with the METIS team to develop the system’s coverage. With their help, as well as others, we are now able to provide leading edge counter drone resilience for Gatwick Airport, our passengers and wider stakeholders’
SKYPERION since appeared on BBC 2’s Horizon programme ‘Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones’ and is becoming increasingly recognised as a necessary and proven component of counter UAV solutions.
Stand S2‐173 or go to www.metisaerospace.com, where you will also find a detailed case study on our work with Gatwick.
09 Sep 19. Thermoteknix launches ClipIR XD Thermal Imager and CoVid. Building on the success of the original ClipIR small clip-on thermal imagers, Thermoteknix is launching the new ClipIR XD model. The innovative ClipIR injects a thermal image into conventional Night Vision devices to provide a fusion upgrade to existing tube-based NVGs. The new product continues with the 40 degree Field of View but now has extended range performance over the original ClipIR system. Also reflecting market trends, ClipIR XD can be supplied without an internal battery. This allows ClipIR to take power from integrated helmet systems, reducing overall weight of the helmet system and improving its balance. ClipIR XD also has an option for video input, allowing users to view video feeds (such as symbology, etc.) directly through Night Vision devices. Thermoteknix is also launching CoVid Video Injection Unit which enables use of heads-up display (HUD) for combat operations in complete darkness. CoVid is powered by its host system and weighs less than 50g when attached to the Night Vision Device. CoVid incorporates a quick-fit mount allowing the unit to be attached to a variety of NVGs, without tools. Incorporating unique optical injection technology CoVid enables users to view HUD data covertly at night.
On stand S2-315 Thermoteknix is demonstrating the CoVid in cooperation with Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) who employ CoVid with their ARC4 Augmented Reality (AR) RECON product (www.ara.com/ARC4). ARC4 RECON increases situational awareness of the dismounted soldier by inserting video data and symbols into the user’s night vision. ARA are the first customer to integrate CoVid into their AR system enabling covert use of the AR during night operations.
Thermoteknix products are not subject to US ITAR control but may require UK export licence depending on the end-user country and specification. ClipIR is not for sale or use in USA.
Visit Thermoteknix stand at DSEI 2019: S2-315, UK Pavilion
09 Sep 19. Flarebright has developed a new man-portable launcher which has increased our testing ability. We are firing stable aircraft at 35 m/s and up to 150G, but more importantly getting consistent results on tests. This will be complemented with a new indoor testing base that we have secured, which enables controlled downrange flight tests up to 50m length and will allow testing at all times of day and in a more controlled environment.
This focus on testing has led us to some further investigations around flight mechanics and we aim to be using Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind tunnel testing in the UK to ensure we have a robust flight simulator that flies in an identical manner to how SnapShot does in real life. We have been trialling a new aircraft design with aerodynamic improvements and a wingspan reduced to 9cm. The Snapshot design has proved to be incredibly rugged, surviving many high g shots and drop-tests of several metres.
We are also beginning to investigate manufacturing techniques and have been in discussions with the UK’s leading centre for this, the National Composites Centre in Bristol to fully investigate different manufacturing techniques at different scales of production. We have identified a silent, accurate and robust launching mechanism and a partner to help develop and manufacture this for us. We expect this to be the first of many types of launch mechanism we can use.
Finally, we have undertaken a feasibility and design study for an Infra-red payload camera, which looks promising.
Stand in the UK Pavilion hosted by the main UK trade body for our sector, the ADS (Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space). S2-165.
09 Sep 19. OpenWorks and SteelRock introduce the first combined vehicle-mounted Net Capture and RF Defeat system. The “defeat and capture” response vehicle will be launched at DSEI 2019. Counter-UAV specialists OpenWorks Engineering and SteelRock Technologies announce the launch of the world’s first integrated vehicle mounted counter-drone system, combining radio-frequency (RF) disruption with a physical net to provide a highly effective layered defence against unmanned aerial vehicles. It’s the ideal solution for militaries and law enforcement and is based on existing operationally deployed technology.
Visually similar to a typical commercial vehicle, the drone defeat system is strategically hidden under rapidly deployable covers, ensuring the system remains discreet when not in use. When a drone threat has been detected, the vehicle can be manoeuvred quickly to defeat the target drone using SteelRock’s industry-leading NightFighter® RF-based effector technology or the SkyWall net capture system.
The system is based on the SkyWall Auto Response vehicle, developed by OpenWorks and their technology partner, Antmicro. The technology has previously been tested and proven in static installations at high-profile military evaluations and is capable of capturing fast moving multi-rotor (quad) or fixed-wing drones.
James Cross, Director of OpenWorks Engineering commented: “Our SkyWall100 handheld capture system has been used in conjunction with drone jamming systems for years and we’ve always wanted to integrate our SkyWall net capture technology directly with a radio frequency defeat system. Combined with SteelRock’s NightFighter, we offer the most robust defeat system available on the market.”
“The threat posed by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to public safety and the security of civilian, commercial and military assets is increasing in its scale and sophistication” stated Rupert English, CEO and Founder of SteelRock Technologies. “We are delighted to partner with OpenWorks and provide operators with a powerful new hard-kill and soft-kill capability in an integrated mobile platform.”
The Counter-Drone Response Vehicle will be on display at DSEI.
OpenWorks launc hed the handheld capture system SkyWall100 in 2016 and has since delivered systems to law enforcement and military customers around the world. The NightFighter C-UAV system from SteelRock was introduced at DSEI 2017, and is currently deployed in military, law enforcement and civil protection roles in multiple jurisdictions.
09 Sep 19. The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT will expand its industrial footprint in the UK by strengthening its subsidiary Kelvin Hughes Ltd., Enfield, and renaming it HENSOLDT UK. HENSOLDT has acquired Kelvin Hughes in 2017 and created a security solutions product line at Kelvin Hughes’ Enfield site.
“We are expanding our activities in the UK and will bring together our existing portfolio with Kelvin Hughes’ offerings,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. “In this way we are creating comprehensive system solutions which will boost our UK business significantly”.
“Kelvin Hughes and HENSOLDT have shaped the radar market for seven decades,” said Russell Gould, Managing Director of Kelvin Hughes. “Bringing together our products under one brand name will increase our visibility in the market and will open up additional business opportunities.”
Kelvin Hughes, with approximately 200 employees, designs, produces and markets radar sensors mainly for maritime and security applications. Among their products is the SharpEye™ solid state high performance pulse Doppler radar family as well as the CxEye™ Command and Control software that allows the integration of multiple radar and camera sensors into a comprehensive sensor package. The company generates revenues of more than €30m. Their products are used by more than 30 navies and coastguards worldwide.
09 Sep 19. GSCI Advanced Photonis will show its latest development, the QUADRO-VS. This is a system using GSCI’s patented fusion technology. The device consists of a cross platform mobile fusion system for ground vehicles, unmanned aircraft, guard towers and other safety applications. The company describes the new features as followed: “1) Five Operation Modes: Thermal, Day, Night, Day-Fusion, and Night-Fusion for a variety of lighting and environmental conditions. 2) Super wide Field of View offering excellent Situation Awareness. 3) An Anti-Ambush Aid for Hostile Environments – help in users to neutralize possible threats in advance – with the wide Field Of View, only 7 QUADRO-VS systems installed around a perimeter create panoramic 360° view, allowing true, real time continuous perimeter observation and detection for tactical purposes. 4) Remote In-Vehicle Operation. 5) A Fully-Passive Undetectable System.”
“GSCI has taken a few extra steps in the fusion technology development with the QUADRO-VS,” said Isaac B., M.Sc., one of GSCI’s Engineers. “The device allows disengaging vehicle headlights, to avoid unwanted attention and to reduce the risk of exposure, yet maintaining the user’s ability to safely operate the said vehicle, with the QUADRO-VS’s ability to detect and recognize objects and/or people with real-time and delay-free transmission of the fused image.” Stand N3-502. (Source: ESD Spotlight)
05 Sep 19. HENSOLDT UK introduces new SharpEyeTM Mk 5 navigation radar. Product launch at DSEI 2019. The sensor solution provider HENSOLDT presents at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London a new variant of its successful SharpEyeTM naval radar series. The Mk 5 radar is the first open array 80W SharpEyeTM navigation radar especially aimed at the smaller military vessels that require full capability with limited space availability. The new radar is on display on the HENSOLDT booth, No. S3-200.
“SharpEyeTM provides the user with the most capable radar in its class that allows exceptional performance against small targets in clutter with minimal user adjustment”, says Russell Gould, Managing Director of HENSOLDT UK, formerly Kelvin Hughes. “Kelvin Hughes SharpEyeTM radars have been fitted to more than 30 leading naval and Coast Guard services worldwide, and the Mk 5 makes this technology available to a wider range of naval and Coast Guard vessels.”
SharpEyeTM is a state-of-the-art coherent, pulse Doppler X Band radar for navigation and situational awareness. It translates world-class radar technology such as Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistor technology into superior detection performance of small targets in heavy clutter, thus improving mission success and survivability of military and Coast Guard vessels.
05 Sep 19. Defying the drone threat. An ideal approach for the demanding applications in drone monitoring and countermeasures, Rohde & Schwarz’ ARDRONIS meets the challenges of countering radio-controlled UAS by intercepting the radio communications link to reliably detect and capture the direction of pilots and drones.
Drones are increasingly becoming a real and growing danger, with off-the-shelf unmanned aerial systems (UAS) rarely out of the headlines these days and drone incidents an almost weekly occurrence.
The EU Commission recently gave out a warning about the potential use of drones to carry out terrorist attacks. Not only critical national infrastructure is in danger; commercial facilities, such as arenas and stadiums, are also vulnerable to a wide array of threats, not to forget invasion of privacy, smuggling and industrial espionage. Regardless of the UAS operator’s intention, drones pose a serious security risk.
To counter rapidly developing UAS threats, accurate classification of the type of drone detected is critical to the subsequent decision-making process. R&S ARDRONIS Counter-UAS solution by Rohde & Schwarz (shown at DSEi 2019 on booth S1-350 in London, UK) provides reliable drone control uplink signal detection and disrupting capabilities, even under challenging signal scenarios. Modular and scalable, R&S ARDRONIS can be deployed on a variety of platforms and readily integrated to suit specific threat profiles, with numerous systems operational with government users.
R&S ARDRONIS effectively detects and disrupts a UAS control uplink signal at a very early point. It monitors remote control uplink and drone downlink signals (in all relevant frequency bands) and can detect and locate those at an approx. range of up to 5-7 km under optimal conditions.
“R&S ARDRONIS combines leading Rohde & Schwarz sensors to form a reliable, high-performance solution for, e.g. securing a predefined airspace against drones,” says Dietmar Vahldiek, Executive Vice President Monitoring and Network Testing, Rohde & Schwarz. “Highly sensitive antennas and monitoring receivers collect the extremely agile platforms’ signals. Through repeated involvement in protecting high-profile events and high-ranking VIPs, R&S ARDRONIS has proven to be a valuable asset for security services involved and a future-proof solution. We are skilled experts with the expertise needed to get the job done, combining German engineering with an international mindset.”
With its partners ESG and Diehl Defence, Rohde & Schwarz furthermore offers a mission-proven modular multisensor UAS detection and defense system called GUARDION that includes the R&S ARDRONIS sensors and countermeasures. Already tried and tested in various major political events and in operation with many customers worldwide, GUARDION provides secure detection and defense against drones in stationary, mobile or deployable configurations, adapted to the individual requirements of customers and situations.
For more information on R&S ARDRONIS, please visit https://youtu.be/913-aQG9-Xc, and come see Rohde & Schwarz at DSEi 2019 on booth S1-350 in London, UK, to learn more about our counter-UAS technology. (Source: Armada)
05 Sep 19. SRC’s presents counter-UAS Technology at DSEi 2019. As the drone threat continues to evolve, the technology used to counter them is continuously playing catch-up. At a fundamental level, the drone threat requires three integrated functions to effectively provide situational awareness and countermeasures to mitigate this threat: detect, decide, and defeat.
Today, SRC is applying its extensive background in electronic warfare, air surveillance, target detection, tracking and classification algorithms to provide a counter-UAS capability for low, slow and small UAS threats through a System-of-Systems approach.
- SRC’s Silent Archer®counter-UAS technology detects, tracks, classifies, identifies and disrupts low, slow and small unmanned airborne threats. SRC’s counter-UAS technology comprises proven, TRL 8/9 radar and EW systems, camera and 3-D display to defeat hostile drones, whether a lone target or UAS swarm.
- SRC’s Gryphon Skylight®drone security solution leverages SRC’s R1400 radar and S1200 spectrum sensor to detect and identify UAS delivering a clear picture of your airspace.
In early 2019, SRC was awarded a $108m contract to deliver counter-UAS technology to the U.S. Army. This new contract is in addition to multiple military counter-UAS contracts previously awarded to the company.
Visit SRC at DSEi 2019 (Booth N4-240) in London, UK to learn more about our counter-UAS technology. (Source: Armada)
05 Sep 19. Thermoteknix launches new products at DSEI.
Extended Range Clip On Thermal Imager
Extended range performance and includes built-in Digital Magnetic Compass (DMC) and external video input. External video input provides mission critical information from Augmented Reality (AR) or other sources.
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Image and Data Sharing
ConnectIR is a Thermoteknix Android Application that networks images and data between Thermoteknix TiCAM 1000 cameras and other devices including phones, tablets and computers.
Covert Video Head Up Display
CoVid is a covert, miniature video HUD which injects tactical data into Night Vision Goggles for mission or combat operations in all low light or no light situations.
09 Sep 19. Senop presents its capabilities as an enabler of advanced situational awareness at DSEI. Senop, a part of Patria Group, will showcase its latest innovations for increased mobility, performance and situational awareness at the DSEI 2019 exhibition in London stand N3-349 on September 10-13.
Senop is a forerunner in situational awareness by providing advanced sensor solutions and system platforms. Traditionally OEM’s have manufactured standalone based sensors with limited capability of information sharing. Senop takes it to the next level by providing a network of different kinds of sensors. The devices and systems that are part of the said network can share versatile information with each other by using either wireless or wired network. The network can consist of different kinds of sensors like NVGs, intelligent weapon sights, observation and surveillance systems, UAVs equipped with hyperspectral cameras.
As an example, Senop OSCU, a new passive outdoor surveillance system, can share classified pattern recognition information via images and live video stream to a command post or other sensors that are part of the network. The information can be autonomically pre-analysed by the sensor.
The advanced information and situational awareness sharing are supported in all Senop products like NVGs, intelligent weapon sights, observation and target acquisition systems. The sensor devices can also be connected to different C2 systems.
– Senop focuses on high-end technologies and aims to respond comprehensively to all customer needs. Situational awareness is subject to human limitations and information overload. By using automated processes and machine learning we can make the invisible visible, says Aki Korhonen, CEO at Senop.
The response to the challenges of the modern battlefield
In modern warfare information is the crucial factor in winning. In addition to traditional elements, the future battlefield will include factors that make it multi-dimensional, rapidly changing and unpredictable, and as a result of this, more technical.
– Accurate and realtime situational awareness information is a key element to achieve an advantage on the future battlefield. Senop’s sensor systems can be used to realise reconnaissance and surveillance in joint operations and provide simultaneous, comprehensive, accurate data to military personnel for decision making and rapid response says Jaakko Oivanen, Head of Sales & Marketing at Senop.
28 Aug 19. CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a company specializing in the field of Electro-Optics (EO) and InfraRed (IR) Defense and Homeland Security solutions – will launch the STAMP-VMD, a new addition to its STAMP product range, and the T-STAMP-XD, at DSEI 2019. With, these two solutions, CONTROP introduces a complete ISTAR concept – covering a large area and closing the sensor-to-shooter loop in real time.
Weighing only 1.3kg and operating at the tactical level on Group 1 UAVs, the new STAMP-VMD is the latest product in the STAMP range of lightweight, ruggedized gyro-stabilized miniature payloads. Suitable for installation on UAVs of Group 1 and lower and powered by a quiet hybrid or electric engine, the payload is designed for covert flight beneath the cloud ceiling at 1500-3000ft to provide advanced video motion detection capabilities of areas as large as 1km2. The system’s optics can be customized to support larger areas or higher altitudes.
Uniquely for a product of this kind, the full system payload includes an embedded processing unit that compresses and edits data before transmission to the end user, overcoming the challenges of constrained bandwidth availability. Data shown on the screen is split into three sections: a map showing the target area’s location; persistent surveillance of the target area itself; and zoomable snapshots of any area-of-interest (AOI) that has been detected, to enable pinpointing of the exact area to be monitored. The system can send exact coordinates to control or to another UAV with a control payload, such as the T-STAMP-XD, to enable precision-guided munition for a direct hit even of a moving target, thereby improving mission effectiveness.
“We constantly strive to develop and refine our cutting-edge solutions, giving them increasingly advanced capabilities to meet the changing demands of modern warfare,” says Mr. Ra’anan Shelach, CONTROP’s VP Marketing. “The STAMP-VMD is the latest solution in this range of well-known legacy products. Its ‘server-in-the-sky’ technology is a revolutionary feature that increases the product’s versatility for the ultimate tactical drone solution on the market today.”
Also being launched at DSEI 2019, T-STAMP-XD is a surveillance and targeting system that accurately guides munitions using advanced laser technology, enabling a direct hit and reducing collateral damage. Along with the new laser designator feature, the T-STAMP-XD offers the same exceptional electro-optic performance and thermal and day sensors as its predecessor, the
T-STAMP-XR, including a critical automatic video tracker function that enables keeping track on the target, even if there is a communication loss.
Although larger than the T-STAMP-XR, at just 5.7kg the T-STAMP-XD is the most lightweight solution in its field. Designed for use on Group 2 UAVs, this payload enables differentiation between targets, offering clear sight and picture-in-picture visuals, and is particularly suited to time-sensitive, moving targets. Hundreds of T-STAMP-XR units have already been sold.
“The T-STAMP-XD is a real game changer in terms of optics performance versus weight,” says Ra’anan. “While the T-STAMP-XD can be used in a stand-alone capacity, when combined with other products, such as the STAMP-VMD, it offers a comprehensive, integrated solution for laser-guided munitions, facilitating better decision making, more efficient battle management and accurate assessment of mission success. This is a groundbreaking concept that we are proud to bring to the market.”
The concepts being offered by CONTROP for wide-area persistent surveillance plus closing the sensor-to-shooter loop can be operated on a ground platoon level without the need for intervention nor support from other airborne/maritime forces.
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.