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03 Nov 13. RAF Pilots Blinded At 1000 mph By Helmet Technical Glitch 121. RAF pilots were left ‘blinded’ by a barrage of images while flying at speeds of over 1,000 mph when a number of technical glitches hit their high-tech helmets. The visors were supposed to provide the fighter pilots with complete vision and awareness, but problems with the display produced a blurring known as ‘green-glow,’ meaning they were unable to see clearly. The green glow occurred when a mass of information was displayed on the helmet-mounted display systems, including radar pictures and images from cameras mounted around the aircraft.” (Source: Slashdot.com)
05 Nov 13. ThalesRaytheonSystems announces the entry into service of its Ground Master 400 (GM 400) long-range air defense radar system in the German Air Force. This system is the first of six radar systems ordered by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to provide enhanced air surveillance throughout the center of Germany, from the North Sea to the Alps. The GM 400 will replace the former Thomson-CSF MPR radars, in service since the 1970s. Mounted on a fixed tower, the radars can be operated either from the radar site or from a remote center. They are integrated into the German Air Surveillance network. Installed in Auenhausen (Westphalen), surrounded by a large windfarm area, the GM 400 has successfully completed extensive compliance procedures and an operational test campaign with the BAAINBw, the German Air Force, Thales and ThalesRaytheonSystems personnel. On site validation of the second radar is in progress at the Lauda-Königshofen (Baden-Württemberg) radar site. The entire set of six radars is planned to be in operation by
06 Nov 13. The U.S. Army is seeking a new communications intelligence package to be installed on a De Havilland DHC-8-300 aircraft. The Army wants a COMINT collection system with a technology readiness level of at least 7, meaning an operational prototype, according to the request for information by the Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) at the Communications, Electronics, Research, Development and Engineering Command (CERDEC). The COMINT collection system must be able to provide direction finding, recognition, copy and exploitation. It also must be controllable by four onboard operators using DCGS-A workstations or remote workstations. Signal identification and target location must be accurate enough to support target development, target tracking, and multisensor cross-cueing. (Source: C4ISR & Networks)
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