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14 Apr 16. Cambridge Pixel has supplied radar hardware and software to Californian tech company Cemtrol for its new Radar Display Console (RDC). Cemtrol’s multi-function console is designed for use in many different applications including C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, & Intelligence), civil air and maritime traffic control applications and other installations. Cemtrol is using Cambridge Pixel’s HPx-200e PCI Express (PCIe) radar input card and SPx software library to add a comprehensive radar acquisition and display capability to the console. One of the first customers to take delivery of Cemtrol’s new RDC is a major international defence organisation.
David Johnson, CEO of Cambridge Pixel, said, “We were delighted to work alongside Cemtrol to bring a radar capability to their console. They have benefitted from the highly modular approach that characterises our software library, and were able to select exactly those components for radar processing and display that were necessary to implement their required features, with a clear route to adding extra functionality if future applications of the radar console demand it.”
12 Apr 16. Rockwell Collins to provide sensor for Brazilian unmanned helicopter. Brazil’s FT Sistemas has picked Rockwell Collins to provide the navigation sensor for its new FT-200FH unmanned helicopter.
Rockwell Collins will deliver its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor for the FT-200FH, according to a company news release.
Weighing around 3.5 ounces, the “Micro INS uses highly reliable micro electromechanical systems sensors, including accelerometers, rate gyros, magnetometer and air data pressure sensors, along with a differential ready, Wide Area Augmentation System-enabled GPS receiver,” Rockwell Collins said. Rockwell Collins will deliver its Micro Inertial Navigation Sensor (INS) for the FT-200FH, according to a company news release. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/C4ISR & Networks)
13 Apr 16. Rafael Unveils Drone Dome Anti UAS Defence System. Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems this week unveiled its newest development, the Drone Dome defence system, design to intercept enemy unmanned aerial vehicles. Rafael is also the developer of the Israeli military’s highly successful Iron Dome missile defence system.
The Drone Dome was unveiled during the 2016 LAAD Public and Corporate Security International Exhibition in Brazil. According to Rafael, Drone Dome is an innovative end-to-end defence system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile drones, including micro and nano drones used by terrorist groups to gather intelligence and carry out aerial attacks.
The Drone Dome System is an innovative end-to-end system designed to provide effective airspace defence against hostile drones (Micro and Nano UAVs) used by terrorists to perform aerial attacks, collect intelligence, and other intimidating activities.
Drone Dome has 360° circular coverage and is designed to detect, track, and neutralize drones classified as threats flying in No-Fly zones. Drone Dome has a very fast response time, it causes minimal collateral interruptions to the surrounding urban environment, with maximum safety to friendly aircraft.
The Drone Dome System is operational under all weather condition, 24 hours a day. First, the threat is detected and identified by the Radar and EO/IR sensors. The data is combined and correlated and alerts the operator of the hostile UAV.
The system initiates either automatic interference operation, as per pre-defined rules in the C4I engine, or manual operation by the operator. When the threat reaches the neutralization area, the hostile drone is neutralized by activation of directional GNSS and RF Inhibitor/Jammer system. The system is equipped with a state of the art RPS-42 radar, MEOS electro-optical