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25 Aug 14. Drone Aviation Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a developer of specialized tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats, announced the delivery of specialized surveillance equipment to support the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF). The advanced optics systems will be utilized for official Government use.
“Drone Aviation is honored to have been selected again to provide our government customers with specialized equipment to support their surveillance objectives,” stated Felicia Hess, CEO of Drone Holding Aviation Corp. “Our systems leverage aerostat technology to elevate military payloads and provide network communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Going forward, we remain focused on expanding our client relationships with both our military and civilian customers as we continue to build confidence in our capabilities through additional deliveries of both specialized components and our complete systems.”
Drone Aviation Corp. has previously supplied the REF with aerial based systems including lighter than air based systems as well as components to support various objectives of the REF. DAC systems are controlled via a mobile, self-contained launcher operated by Soldiers possessing common soldier skills. (Source: Yahoo!/Marketwired)
25 Aug 14. QinetiQ has been awarded a contract by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to carry out additional research into generating quality situational awareness to enable the coordination of the defence of a vessel against the surface threat posed by small boats.
Dstl has a developed a proof of concept sensor system for the detection of small boat threat. Under this contract, QinetiQ Command Information Systems Services will now develop a containerised experiment facility for Dstl, incorporating some of its own technology, to enable a demonstration of the system and its capabilities at sea. The demonstrator will integrate all relevant on-board sensors and show how information can be most effectively presented to command to allow them to make informed decisions and coordinate a response to an identified threat. This work builds on research already delivered by QinetiQ on co-ordinating defence against the small boat threat and will increase the technology readiness level of the proof of principle concepts previously funded by Dstl through the Centre for Defence Enterprise.
“This work is aimed at understanding how data can be most effectively presented to the operator to aid situation awareness and combat the small boat threat. We selected QinetiQ because they are able to bring together knowledge of sensor technology, experience in the discipline of human factors and a systems engineering approach,” said Philip Smith, Affordable Maritime Presence Programme Manager at Dstl.
“This is the second contract we have been awarded by Dstl which focuses on the threat posed by small boats to large vessels. This contract plays very much to our strengths in that we will be combining our extensive system, sensor and technical capabilities with our knowledge and understanding of human factors,” said Sarah Kenny, Managing Director for the Maritime business at QinetiQ.
QinetiQ’s Maritime Command Information Systems Services has over 25 years’ experience in delivering state of-the-art services and specialised technology to defence, security and emergency service organisations around the world. Its services support the entire lifecycle of a command information system from concept development and design, through system evaluation and assessment, system integration to operational performance. The services are delivered by experienced systems engineers and scientists supported by an extensive range of specialised equipment and bespoke software.
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