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09 Oct 17. T-REX, 500 and counting! At AUSA, Orbital ATK showcased Tactical-Robotic Exterminator (T-REX), a mounted and integrated version of the combat-proven Liteye AUDS non-lethal Electronic Attack (EA) capability combined with the lethal defeat capability of the Orbital ATK XM914 30mm BUSMASTER Chain Gun. This new mounted system integrated with tactical radar detection and electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors, provides great Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) identification and tracking followed by directional radio frequency (RF) defeat exceeding all users’ threshold operational requirements. With T-REX, the operator has the choice of non-lethal, or lethal defeat leveraging Orbital ATK’s XM914 Chain Gun and advanced ammunition (30x113mm) specifically designed to defeat Class 1 and 2 UAS. Pratt and Miller undertook the vehicle installations. The Orbital ATK Booth also showed the AUDS in a FoB configuration as purchased by Spain. Many other countries have also expressed interest.
Sources told BATTLESPACE that T-REX had destroyed over 500 UAVs in Syria with one operator receiving an award for destroying 70 UAVs. In the advance on Mosul T-REX was deployed on a truck and moved forward with troops protecting them from UAVs.
The systems shown at AUSA were mounted on a Stryker and also a Bradley which had different configuration with a Danish Swiebel ballistic radar which allows targets to be detected at a greater range as Graham Beall CEO of Chess Dynamics told the Editor. Both the Bradley and Stryker systems had slew-to-cue system slaved to the ATK Bushmaster canons. Graham Beall told the Editor that AUDS had been developed following a requirement from South Korea to shoot down UAVS and that it was now developing into a far wider use SHORAD system capable of shooting down multiple targets from UAVs of all types to aircraft.
AUDS appears to be the most advanced and mature C-UAV system on the market. Handheld systems have encountered problems on the battlefield with IS sending unarmed UAVs to be located by these systems. The operator is then targeted by snipers and killed.
11 Oct 17. Leonardo DRS, Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement with Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc. (SOTI) to become its U.S. master distributor of commercial uncooled thermal cores. The agreement will allow Leonardo DRS to put more focus on research and development of uncooled thermal technologies.
Under the agreement, SOTI will assume sales and distribution responsibilities for U.S.-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers who integrate the popular Leonardo DRS Tamarisk® line of uncooled infrared camera cores for a variety of dual-use applications. The arrangement balances DRS’s continued commitment to cutting-edge infrared sensor development, while SOTI focuses on supporting commercial customers by introducing new product offerings and providing highly responsive customer service.
“This agreement ensures that our U.S. commercial customer base continues to receive superior service from a trusted industry partner and allows Leonardo DRS to focus on product innovation and international market expansion,” said Shawn Black, Vice President and General Manager, Electro-Optical & Infrared Systems Division of Leonardo DRS. “We see tremendous opportunity in growing our existing strategic international arrangements with OEMs spanning the security and surveillance, personal vision, and consumer automotive markets,” Black said.
SOTI founders started the company in 1995 with a focus on commercial infrared business involving cooled and uncooled infrared cameras. In 2003, SOTI began offering early models of DRS’s uncooled cores, which later evolved into the Tamarisk® line of OEM thermal cores. Leveraging decades of experience with advanced focal plane array technologies and specialized d