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21 Jun 17. RADA tests OTM capabilities of tactical radars. RADA Electronic Industries has successfully completed testing the on-the-move (OTM) capabilities of its tactical radars, the company announced on 15 June. The testing concerns the newly integrated OTM capabilities of its Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) and Compact Hemispheric Radar (CHR), achieved by integrating the radars with inertial navigation systems.
The new capabilities have been added in order to improve the tactical radars to meet the needs of the manoeuver force, particularly when encountering low, slow and small-sized threats such as armed and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. The capability has been demonstrated to an unnamed customer, with the radars demonstrating early detection, continuous and accurate tracking of a wide variety of small-sized, low and slow aerial targets from a continuously moving vehicle on varied terrain. RADA’s upgraded RPS-42 MHR-based counter-drone radar systems with OTM capability will be delivered to this customer in July 2017. (Source: Shephard)
21 Jun 17. Airborne surveillance, intelligence and observation solution. BIRD Aerosystems, in cooperation with Textron Aviation Inc., displays their surveillance special mission concept at the Paris Air Show in Textron’s static display. The concept transforms the Cessna Citation CJ4 platform into a sophisticated Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) special mission aircraft with BIRD’s field-proven Airborne Surveillance, Intelligence and Observation (ASIO) solution. “Equipped with the ASIO solution, the Citation CJ4 jet is ideal for special surveillance missions, and allows its users to enjoy extraordinary capabilities as it is able to carry multiple sensor configurations that support diverse operational missions,” said Ronen Factor, BIRD Aerosystems’ Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder. “BIRD’s ASIO solution ensures that the entire operating team has an accurate, unified and comprehensive situational overview as well as all the information they need in order to make decisions in real time.” (Source: ESD Network)
21 Jun 17. RT LTA Systems’ new Aerostat system Skystar 180. LTASystems Ltd. Showed a new aerostat system of the Skystar 180 at the Paris Air Show. This system is included in an SES rapid communication vehicle, which makes a communication between the aerostat and the command and control center possible in any given area. In addition to that, the recorded video is also available for several international places due to the connectivity to SES’s satellite. The Skystar 180 is a small sized, mobile aerostat designed for tactical mid-range surveillance and public safety, as well as for police and military applications. These include border control and protection along with homeland security tasks such as securing massive public event and strategic infrastructures. The aerostat from RT LTA Systems is able to operate at wind velocity of up to 40 knots, and can raise a freight of up to 20kg, providing surveillance coverage from an altitude of up to 1,000ft for up to 72 hours. Rami Shmueli, RT‘s CEO, point out: “The Skystar 180 is a cost-effective solution for defense and HLS missions such as border protection, strategic infrastructure security and public safety, as it provides persistent surveillance over long periods of time at a very minimal cost.” (Source: ESD Network)
22 Jun 17. Thales Alenia Space proposes maritime surveillance airship. European satellite specialist Thales Alenia Space is proposing a maritime surveillance version of its Stratobus multimission, autonomous, stratospheric airship. The Stratobus is described by the company as “midway between a satellite and an unmanned aerial vehicle” and can be used to complement satellite surveillance for regional zone coverage. The current Stratobus design