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RADAR, NIGHT VISION AND SURVEILLANCE UPDATE

07 Aug 13. The U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force intercepted for the first time an anti-ship cruise missile surrogate using Raytheon Company’s Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) cued by JLENS. An affordable, elevated, persistent over-the-horizon sensor system, JLENS uses a powerful integrated radar system to detect, track and target a variety of threats. During the July 17 test, the Army’s JLENS acquired and tracked an anti-ship cruise missile surrogate and passed targeting data to an Air Force F-15E via Link 16, enabling the fighter pilot to fire an AIM-120C7 AMRAAM, culminating in the weapon intercepting the target, meeting all test objectives. “Integrating AMRAAM with JLENS enables the world’s most capable air-to-air missile to engage targets at the weapon’s maximum kinematic range,” said Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems’ Air Warfare Systems. “This test further demonstrates AMRAAM’s operational flexibility and provides today’s warfighter with enhanced operational capability, cost effectiveness and future growth solutions.”

07 Aug 13. CarteNav Selects Kestrel to Facilitate Urgent Target Detection Requirements in Latin America. Sentient and CarteNav Solutions Inc. announced that both Kestrel Land Moving Target Indicator (MTI) and Kestrel Maritime automated target detection capabilities have been selected by CarteNav Solutions Inc. to enhance its AIMS-HD moving map display (MMD) and sensor management system (SMS), addressing urgent operational requirements in Latin America. CarteNav Solutions Inc. is an international leader in situational awareness solutions for the maritime, land, and air environments. Providing sensor operators with real-time display, capture, and control, CarteNav’s software solutions not only advance situational awareness, they also increase operational efficiency and effectiveness. Kestrel is an automated target detection software solution that processes full motion video (FMV) from Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) sensors. The software automatically detects moving targets from an overland mission, or objects on the surface of the ocean from a maritime mission. It specializes in detecting objects that are difficult for the human operator to discern, either due to visible clutter or because the object is too distant, too small, or moving too slowly, such as a dismounted soldier or a person on the surface of the ocean. (Source: ASD Network)

08 Aug 13. Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) during ceremonies held today at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando, Fla., facility. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS is known as the eyes of the Apache attack helicopter. It provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage capabilities for mission success and flight safety in day, night and adverse weather missions. Forward-looking infrared sensors provide enhanced image resolution that enables Apache aircrews to engage targets and provide situational awareness in support of ground troops outside detection ranges. M-TADS/PNVS, an award-winning Performance Based Logistics program, enhances system performance and reliability by more than 150 percent, reduces maintenance actions by nearly 60 percent, and will save the U.S. Army nearly $1bn in operation and support costs over its 40-year system life. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 1,200 M-TADS/PNVS systems to the U.S. Army and 12 international customers. Electronics assembly of M-TADS/PNVS is performed at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Ocala, Fla., and final assembly is performed at its Orlando, Fla., facility.

06 Aug 13. Tech Source, Inc., an independent supplier of high performance embedded video, graphics and high end computing solutions, has successfully added driver support for Wind River® VxWorks® real-time operating system (RTOS) to its low power Condor VC100x H.264 video capture

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