Web Page sponsored by Blighter Surveillance Systems
20 Oct 16. Peli Products UK Ltd are looking forward to exhibiting at Owning The Night 2016 on the 27th to 30th November at The Defence Academy, Shrivenham. Peli UK will be demonstrating the Peli Remote Area lighting (RALS) at this year’s show, with a range of models lighting up the access to the ERDA. Highly portable, the Peli Remote Area Lighting can be easily carried to wherever they are needed with each unit designed to be set up and running within seconds to meet urgent operational requirements. The units are powered by rechargeable batteries, require no additional cabling and are silent running. Using the latest technology in LED lighting, the most powerful model in the range provides up to 12,000 lumens of light, while other models offer long battery run times of up to 40 hours. The latest model in the RALS range is the Peli 9490, a self-contained system which is fast and easy to set up. Building on 9430 model, a longer mast, intelligent control and swappable battery packs make this Peli’s most versatile area light to date. The 9490 features a 10 LED head that extends above 1.8 metres to light up a wide area. With a mast that can be rotated and a head angled to direct light to where it is required, the unit has 3 pre-set light levels; high, medium and low. Preferred run time of up to 24 hours can be selected with the intelligent control mode.
20 Oct 16. Kratos Gets $12.6m Contract for Sensor Integration.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. has announced that it has been awarded a $12.6m contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), in coordination with STRATCOM and the Strategic Capabilities Office, to explore the use of high speed drones in either fully autonomous or semi-autonomous roles to support fourth and fifth generation fighter aircraft.
To enable this concept development, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) needs to rapidly integrate and test both DoD and commercial capabilities onto a high-speed drone test bed. Under this effort, the DIUx has contracted with Kratos for the integration of certain sensors into the UTAP-22, flight services, and for Kratos UTAP-22 to demonstrate in a large, complex exercise. As part of this effort, Kratos has partnered with a non-traditional defense contractor and will examine new, innovative Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operator interface concepts for controlling multiple high performance unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Kratos UTAP-22, is a high-performance unmanned jet aircraft designed specifically for tactical missions, collaborative missions with manned aircraft and tactical payload operations/delivery with key features focused on survivability in challenging and hostile environments. The UTAP-22, an internally funded Kratos development initiative, has previously demonstrated the ability to conduct collaborative airborne operations with a manned fighter aircraft, an AV-8B Harrier; command and control through the tactical data link; execution of semi-autonomous tasks; execution of autonomous flight in formation with the AV-8B and with multiple UTAP-22s; transfer of UTAP-22 control between non-line-of-site (over the horizon) operators in the tactical network; and transfer of control (handoff) from the tactical network to an independent dedicated control link. (Source: UAS VISION)
20 Oct 16. Prototype Miniaturized Radar for sUAS. While manned aircraft have used onboard radar for decades, the size and cost of the equipment has limited its use primarily to large, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Lei Shi, founder ofUAVradars in Lawrence, Kansas, is trying to change this. His company—a spinoff from research conducted for NASA at the University of Kansas—has developed a miniaturized radar for use on small, fixed-wing UAS which Shi expects will help with their integration into the national airspace.