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30 Nov 17. China Test-Fires New Laser-Based C-UAS. China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) released images on 28 November showing the test-firing in Beijing of what appears to be a new counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS). The shelter (ISO container)-based, truck-mounted C-UAS, which the MND refers to as a short-range air defense system, appears to be carried by at least two vehicles: one features detection and jamming equipment while another is fitted with a laser-based weapon. The detection and jamming vehicle is equipped with a radar, an electronic jamming system, and a small electro-optical (EO) ball turret, all of which are mounted on the shelter’s roof. A laser emitter, a tracker (EO and thermal), and a laser range-finder are present on a stabilized elevatable and rotatable platform that is mounted on the roof of another shelter. (Source: UAS VISION/Jane’s 360)
29 Nov 17. Artillery radar COBRA under test. The new V23 system software for the COBRA (Counter Battery Radar) artillery tracking radar has been tested by a team comprising members from the French Procurement Office (DGA), the French Army, the COBRA Programme Division of OCCAR and ESG for efficiency and faultlessness. The new software is designed to increase the range of detection and allows for the detection of enemy missiles in the boost phase. At three locations in France, the discovery potential was proven and the engagement was demonstrated in live firing. The tests will be continued in Germany next year, with the aim of fully validating the capabilities of the new software. The software is to be introduced from the end of 2018. This includes the ten COBRA systems of the Bundeswehr. The COBRA system is a product of EURO-Art GmbH, a consortium of Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Thales. www.occar.int (Source: ESD Spotlight)
28 Nov 17. HYPACK adds support for Sonardyne Solstice sonar in hydrographic software packages. HYPACK, a Xylem brand, has announced that its market-leading HYPACK® MAX and HYSWEEP® hydrographic surveying packages can now be used to process and display data from Sonardyne’s Solstice side-scan sonar. With over 10,000 users around the world, HYPACK is the most widely used hydrographic software package in the world. The addition of the Sonardyne proprietary file format to the data converter in HYPACK MAX and HYSWEEP means that HYPACK users can gather Solstice sonar data, process it through their editors and generate final products. The data converter supports both the intensity and bathymetry data generated by Solstice. Options in the converter allow users to select full resolution side-scan, along with binned or full resolution, swath bathymetry. The resultant output file can be processed in the 64-bit HYSWEEP editor, MBMax64, for multibeam processing or in the HYPACK targeting and mosaicking program, HYSCAN, for side-scan data. Solstice is a Multi Aperture Sonar (MAS) designed for Search, Classify and Map (SCM) and Hydrographic operations with integrated swath bathymetry. It has been tailored for low-logistic AUVs and gathers high resolution imagery that can be used for automatic target recognition, hydrography and post-mission analysis. With an along-track resolution of 0.15°, the imagery produced by Solstice is considered to be of the highest quality possible from a side-scan sonar.
The HYPACK MAX software has everything required to design a survey, collect, process and generate final products from single beam data, side-scan sonar, sub-bottom, ADCP and magnetometers. The HYSWEEP license includes the modules for multibeam data collection and processing and is required to process Solstice interferometric data.
Harold Orlinsky, General Manager of HYPACK, said, “The addition in the data converter allows folks to use our software to take full advantage of Sonardyne’s Solstice sonar. M