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04 Apr 14. South Korea wants radar systems that can spot North Korean UAVs. Its existing systems misidentify small aircraft as birds, according to a South Korean Army official quoted by the Yonhap news service. In addition, the nation’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration, is scrambling to resume a blimp development project that it had delayed due to technical problems, according to the report. The sudden push for better surveillance comes after two North Korean UAVs were found over the last week on Baengnyeong Island, south of the Korean maritime border, and at Paju, south of the Demilitarized Zone. North Korea is believed to be using UAVs based on 1970s U.S. MQM-107D Streaker targeting drones obtained from Syria. (Source: Defense News)
08 Apr 14. Toshiba Imaging Systems Division announces the new IK-HD5, a progressive-scan, full HD 1080p/1080i, 2.1 Megapixel, 3CMOS camera for color-critical applications. The innovative CMOS video camera features 3G-SDI/HD-SDI and DVI-D outputs and a removable optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for dual-mode imaging applications in visible light and near-infrared (IR) spectrums. Other features include expanded menu functions for red filter IR mode and approximately 3dB increased sensitivity in the near IR. The IK-HD5 camera’s three CMOS HD sensors are ideal for use as a component in critical high-def video tasks including endoscopy, surgical microscopy, ophthalmology, infrared inspection and defense imaging systems. Other applications include a variety of inspection and machine vision operations. The new 1920 x 1080 full HD camera operates at 60 frames per second (fps), switchable between visible and infrared modes. Based on the company’s proprietary 3-chip prism color technology, the new IK-HD5 is Toshiba Imaging’s first camera to include the 3G-SDI output format. It also has a binning mode for up to 4x increased sensitivity, an image flip and mirror function, 5 user-configurable settings files, and up to 1,000 TV lines resolution. With the convenient C-mount lens mount and remote control access via RS232, the IK-HD5 is easy to integrate into new and/or existing vision systems.
04 Apr 14. Selex ES Miysis DIRCM sees success in NATO Trial. The Miysis Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) system developed Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, was successfully demonstrated in March 2014 as part of NATO Trial EMBOW XIV. During the flight trial, witnessed by 100 multi-national VIPs, the Miysis DIRCM system autonomously acquired, tracked and jammed the trial test equipment on the ground. Initial assessment of the results indicates that the Miysis DIRCM has the capability to jam Generation 1, 2 and 3 Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) using NATO jam codes. Trial EMBOW XIV was conducted at Biscarrosse in France and the Miysis was installed on a French Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) CASA-212 aircraft. The DIRCM trial was assisted by Airbus D&S, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the UK MoD. Prior to and during EMBOW XIV, the UK MoD worked closely with Selex ES and provided them with substantial support. Launched at IDEX 2013, Miysis is readily exportable and provides protection from MANPADS for all aircraft platform types, from small helicopters to large jet transport aircraft. It has a high power, multi-band laser that delivers accurate rapid-jamming energy to defeat IR threats. While being smaller, lighter and drawing less power than other DIRCM systems on the market, the Miysis DIRCM still offers the full spherical coverage required to counter advanced threats. With its modular open architecture design, Miysis also allows integration with in-service missile approach warners and defensive aids systems. In an environment where MANPADS are widely used and flare technology has limitations against advanced and emerging threat