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21 Dec 15. Inteliscope LLC is now shipping the patented Inteliscope PRO+ Rifle Mount for Seek Thermal’s award-winning CompactXR thermal imaging camera. Inteliscope is the first company to integrate the Compact XR into a night vision scope at a price point of $497.
“With a highly successful pre-sale campaign for the Inteliscope PRO+ Rifle Mount for Seek’s CompactXR, we could not be more pleased to bring this product to market,” said Jason Giddings, Inteliscope’s CEO. “This product is such a great example of how Inteliscope is tapping into the latest technologies to help our customer base perform better and be safer in the field.”
“We are excited to see new innovations through the use of our products and SDK starting with Inteliscope’s mounting kit,” said Tracy Benson, VP of Global Marketing for Seek Thermal. “The idea that the Inteliscope team could quickly make an accessory suitable for their customers leveraging the same smartphone CompactXR device and Seekware SDK at affordable prices is remarkable.”
The $497 Inteliscope PRO+ Rifle Mount bundle provides a quality night vision experience for a fraction of the cost of stand-alone units. The Inteliscope PRO+ mounts any smartphone to the shooters rifle and the Seek XR is integrated into the PRO+ mount using a snap-in bracket with a short extending cable to the phone, providing firm support to improve accuracy and eliminate issues with high recoil. Seek’s CompactXR can detect temperatures from -40° up to 626° Fahrenheit, with the ability to detect heat up to 1,800 feet away.
18 Dec 15. Major milestones in the NATO AGS programme. During the last four weeks, NATO AGS programme industries reached important milestones regarding the delivery of critical assets for the AGS ground segment. Airbus Defence & Space performed the roll out of the MGGS (Mobile General Ground System) at their facilities in Immenstaad (Germany) and Finmeccanica – Selex ES performed the roll out of the TGGS (Transportable General Ground System) at their facilities in Torino (Italy). Both assets will be integrated into NATO AGS (Alliance Ground Surveillance)
Core System composed of an Air Segment, a Ground Segment and a Support Segment located in a MOB (Main Operating Base) in Sigonella, Sicily (Italy). NATO is acquiring an Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system that will give commanders a picture of the situation on the ground in an area of interest. (Source: ESD)
17 Dec 15. JLENS takes hit in omnibus ’16 spending bill. After breaking free from its mooring station and taking a destructive trip through the skies of Pennsylvania in October, Congress is cutting funding for the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) by $30m in its fiscal 2016 defense spending bill released Wednesday. The cut leaves just $10.5m in the account that funds JLENS. According to the bill, the cut was made due to a “test schedule delay.”
The Raytheon-made JLENS system consists of both a fire-control system aerostat and a surveillance aerostat, and was undergoing a three-year operational exercise at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.
The system is capable of tracking swarming boats and vehicles, and detecting and tracking cruise missile threats. It can “see” all the way from Norfolk, Virginia, into Boston. The exercise was meant to decide JLENS’ fate — whether to keep the system permanently moored in Maryland and whether the Army decides to buy more than just the two systems it now has. Now JLENS’ fate is squarely in question after one of its two aerostats broke away and traveled across Pennsylvania causing several large power outages by hitting power lines with its long tether. It’s theorized the JLENS aerostat’s auto-deflation device did not work correctly, which would have brought the blimp down quickly in the event it became detached f