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02 Nov 16. Turkey Develops High-Tech ‘Drone Killer’ System. Turkey’s ASELSAN domestic defense firm has developed an integrated air defense system to detect, track and disrupt small and micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) against any threat on public and commercial settlements.
The Air Defense System (İHTAR) uses radio beams to freeze drones in midair by interfering with their control channels, Yeni Safak reported.
The basic functions of the İHTAR system are the identification of the UAVs, automatic follow-up of the UAVs and labeling them as threats and preventing their illegal activities through most appropriate countermeasures.
The Full system is equipped with electronic scanning air security radar, a stabilized electro-optic director, thermal and daylight cameras, a directional radio frequency inhibitor and jamming system.
The new air defense system aims to protect public and commercial areas, including airports, power plants, civil facilities, border posts and military headquarters, against the UAV’s illegal activities, according to the company developing the device.
İHTAR’s jamming and deception systems can identify and follow any fixed or mobile threats via radar and cameras. Further the system enables the blunting of the signal of the UAVs’ GPS channels, so that the drones lose control and cut contact with the operators.
This air defense system, which has an ability to jam 360 degrees, is managed by a central command. It is designed to protect individual targets against mass attacks. It integrates multiple and various radar and preventive systems with its modular form.
In addition to the radio disruptor / jammer, İHTAR also has an optical disruptor that can disrupt the auto focus on the drone’s camera, rendering it useless. (Source: UAS VISION/Defense World)
03 Nov 16. New Precision Survey Sensor on Aerosonde sUAS.
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced that the company will now offer the TK-7 Firewatch precision survey sensor on the Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) after its recent successful demonstration in Blackstone, Va.
Developed by Overwatch Imaging, LLC., the TK-7 Firewatch multi-spectrum precision survey payload features a nadir-oriented multi-megapixel color focal plane array (FPA) and co-boresighted infrared (IR) sensors. The integration of these sensors with an onboard image processing system provides advanced precision mapping and multi-image orthophoto capabilities that are able to quickly synthesize high fidelity aerial imagery and detect anomalies including hot-spots for wildfire mapping. Coupled with geospatial information systems knowledge workflows developed by Textron Systems, the TK-7 Firewatch payload capability is able to provide time-critical analytics and reporting.
“We are honored to work with Textron Systems to accelerate the adoption of long-endurance unmanned aircraft systems for civil and commercial roles,” said Overwatch Imaging founder Greg Davis. “With Firewatch, we are delivering something much more valuable than video to wildland fire crews and forest health managers. We are delivering answers in the format those users need to see the data, in real time.”
“By integrating this sensor onto the Aerosonde SUAS, we believe this will be a differentiator in the emerging civil and commercial application space by providing a more advanced and cost effective method to complete precision survey,” said Textron Systems Civil & Commercial Senior Director Dennis Racine. “By supporting real-time situational awareness, which increases the safety and effectiveness of our wildland fire incident responders, the TK-7 represents a new disruptive capability platform and fills a technology gap for a core area in multiple civil and industry applications.” (Source: UAS VISION)
03 Nov 16. US reportedly deployed S