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17 Jun 16. Eurosatory 2016: RT partners with Aeronautics for new surveillance concept. Israeli aerostat specialist, RT, is working with compatriot unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturer, Aeronautics, to develop a new concept of operations for surveillance missions.
Speaking to IHS Jane’s at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris, RT’s CEO Rami Shmueli said that the new concept is designed to address the limitations of aerostats and UAS: fixed surveillance and limited endurance, respectively.
Shmueli said that the concept would have an aerostat and a small UAS working in tandem, with the former cueing the latter when a target of interest requires closer inspection or if an area of which the aerostat’s payload has an obscured view needs to be examined. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
16 Jun 16. Pegasus Multiscope UGV unveiled. Milrem and Leica Geosystems have introduced the Pegasus Multiscope unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) for off-road use, it was announced on 13 June.
The vehicle combines Leica Geosystems’ Pegasus Two mobile mapping sensor platform and Milrem’s Multiscope UGV.
The UGV weighs 1,985lbs, can carry a payload of 1,655lbs, has zero turning radius and a maximum speed of 15-22mph. The UGV’s low ground pressure allows it to traverse terrain including show, sand or mud.
The vehicle is designed for surveying, security, and monitoring applications in the agricultural sector, civil engineering infrastructure projects, and in hazardous areas such as areas of conflict or near nuclear power stations.
Pegasus Multiscope can drive a pre-programmed route and detect disturbances during automated border patrols. It uses 3D point cloud-calibrated cameras and Leica MapFactory for AutoCAD for detecting changes within 2-3cm.
Kuldar Väärsi, CEO, Milrem, said: ‘The Pegasus Multiscope proves how far UGVs have advanced to help significantly increase efficiency in civil engineering, border patrol, and a range of commercial applications. We’re thrilled to partner with Leica Geosystems for the first product in the Multiscope modular UGV series and demonstrate how our combined technology offers reduced labor costs, faster results, and much higher reliability than existing options.’
Stuart Woods, vice president, geospatial solutions division, Leica Geosystems, said: ‘We live in an ever-changing world where difficult terrain can prohibit our abilities to advance. We can now overcome these challenges with the Pegasus Multiscope, enabling mobile mapping to be carried out in places unreachable by traditional vehicles. Knowing Milrem’s pioneering reputation, we are proud to partner with this solutions provider to bring a flexible and robust autonomous platform that speaks to our organisations’ combined innovation.’
16 Jun 16. BATTLESPACE Editor Julian Nettlefold caught up with Andrew Saxton and new EMEA PR supremo Ruud Heijsman to discuss the lesser known aspect for FLIR’s business, radar.
“Although FLIR is known mainly for its high quality EO/IR night vison cameras and night sights, we have a thriving business in advanced military and civil radar systems,” Andrew Saxton told the Editor “These are the Ottowa, Canada based Surveillance Systems facility and the Raymarine, Havant, UK radar facility which concentrates on civil maritime radar products. We secured the US Border Surveillance Programme in 2010 for up to 120 systems and we have recently been awarded a contract for another 40 systems.
“The 2010 acquisition of ICx brought new radar and detection sensor technology into FLIR’s product range. We have leveraged this technology to develop a new range of systems combining radar with existing thermal cameras, tied together with CommandSpace Cameleon Command and Control (C2) Software. In 2012 completed a force protection UOR with General Dynamics UK as Prime for the UK MoD. In addition, we won an order from Sc