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11 Oct 13. Rockwell Collins unveiled its EVS-3000, the most advanced and highest fidelity enhanced vision system (EVS) in the commercial aviation market segment. The new system, available on both head-up and head-down displays, includes a proprietary multi-spectral EVS sensor, developed by Rockwell Collins, that significantly improves detection of outside terrain, hazards and obstacles in low-visibility conditions caused by weather phenomena such as fog. The EVS-3000 also brings the industry-first ability to fully detect LED lighting, which is increasingly utilized by airports as a runway lighting solution. Rockwell Collins’ EVS-3000 does not require a traditional built-in cooling system, which significantly reduces weight, lowers aircraft power consumption and improves system performance longevity. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

13 Oct 13. The Defence Ministry plans to start work in fiscal 2014 to develop a new radar that can detect and track stealth fighters, officials said. There is an urgent need to develop the new radar as such next-generation fighters are becoming mainstream in the world. Japan’s Air Self-Defence Force has selected the F-35 stealth jet as its next mainstay fighter, while China also plans to put stealth aircraft into practical use. In its fiscal 2014 budget request, the ministry included JPY3.7bn for research and development of the new radar. The work is expected to continue for at least six years and a new radar is unlikely to be put into practical use for at least 10 years, the officials said. The ministry plans to make a vehicle-mounted version of the new radar so that it can be deployed anywhere in the country. It is expected to initially deploy the new radar to places such as Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture, not far from Chinese airspace, to complement existing radar sites. In parallel with the radar development, the ministry plans to start research on a fire control system. It wants to create a system to intercept stealth aircraft detected by the new radar, using ground-to-air missiles based on information from the radar, if the aircraft are judged to have the intent to attack Japan.
MPI Comment – The Japanese Ministry of Defence has proposed its biggesthike in defence spending in the last two decades and media reports stated that the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) would create a new early-warning unit also in the southern region with radar-capable planes. According to the budget request for 2014, the Japanese MoD has devoted JPY3.7bn for research on radar and fire control system to detect stealth aircraft and other threats which pose difficulties to standard radars. The new systems are expected to be inducted in a 10-year time frame after completion of research. In addition, the JASDF is also improving the radar capability of F-2 fighters. The budget has also requested about JPY9.4bn for the bulk purchase of about 30 sets of radars with improved capability for the fighter jets. (Source: MPI – Hawk Information)

10 Oct 13. Video surveillance driving big data. The proliferation of high-definition surveillance cameras has generated an “extraordinary deluge of data,” according to a survey of the enterprise and IP storage market. Market researcher IHS estimates that HD surveillance cameras are generating an astounding 413 petabytes, or quadrillion bytes, a day. With shipments of HD surveillance expected to grow, the data dump is forecast to double to 859 petabytes by 2017, IHS estimates. The flood of data from HD surveillance and other sensors is also expected to propel technologies designed to process big data for surveillance and other markets. As HD replaces standard resolution surveillance cameras, “the quantity of data generated by the surveillance market is growing to massive proportions,” IHS analyst Sam Grinter said. The data d

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