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01 Oct 14. API Technologies Corp. now offers a Night Vision Device (NVD) test set that helps military personnel determine the quality of function of standard Gen II and Gen III night vision devices. Designed to test goggles, weapon sights, and drivers’ viewers, API’s NVD test set (#A3139775 / NSN 6625-01-323-9584 / TS-4348/UV) can be used in the field offering soldiers a “go” or “no-go” response to ensure that GEN II and GEN III night vision devices are working per specifications.
The NVD test set provides a Near Infrared (NIR), uniformly-illuminated target within the unit that indicates if the user’s night vision device is out of calibration or not performing accurately. A toggle switch allows users to select high and low light level conditions, while a second toggle switch allows users to choose between Gen II and Gen III night vision devices. API’s NVD test set meets MIL-STD 810 requirements for shock and vibration as well as MIL-STD-461 EMI/EMC requirements. The resolution target of the widely accepted 1951 USAF resolution test pattern conforms to MIL-STD-150A. Weighing just 400 g, the easy-to-use NVD test set is powered by commercially available 9V batteries and has a lifespan of 10,000 MTBF (mean time between failures.) The NVD test set comes standard with a connector adapter, viewer adapter, resilient adapter, lens tissue, carrying bag, and shipping/storage case.
* Evaluates performance of Gen II and Gen III devices. Users can select parameters using toggle switches. This includes choosing between Gen II and Gen III devices as well as high and low light level conditions
* Light source measured at 800 nm
* Output collimation is infinity +0.00, -0.02 diopters
* Night Vision Device test set units meet shock and vibration and EMI/EMC per MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461 respectively
* Powered by 9V batteries
* Lifespan of 10,000 MTBF
The product joins API Technologies’ Power and Systems Solutions product line, which features a number of products targeted to the defense and homeland security communities, including the Cobra Sight™ laser aiming system and Edison Award™- winning Hawk-i™ video aiming system for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. For more information, about these and other products, visit http://power.apitech.com, call 1-888-588-3448, or email .
30 Sep 14. Australia studies CEAFAR2 high-power PAR concept. The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) is funding CEA Technologies to explore how further development of its indigenously developed phased-array radar (PAR) technology could meet the future needs of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) surface combatant force. This work, being advanced under the High Power Phased Array Radar concept demonstrator programme, is exploring how a high-power PAR exploiting gallium nitride (GaN) technology could contribute to the situational awareness and survivability of the RAN’s current ANZAC-class frigates and projected Future Frigates. The CEAFAR S-band radar and CEAMOUNT X-band multi-channel illuminator developed by CEA Technologies are currently being refitted to the eight ANZAC frigates under Project SEA 1448 Phase 2B. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
24 Sep 14. Indonesia, China discuss radar deal. Indonesia is in discussion with China about possibly buying a Chinese-developed maritime radar system, Indonesia’s state-run news agency Antara reported on 24 September. Citing Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro, the report said Indonesia was assessing the capabilities of the system – called an SLR-66 over-the-horizon (OTH) radar – as well as its potential for interoperability with existing Indonesian Navy assets. Yusgiantoro also said Indonesia was evaluating an appropriate financial mechanism with which to procure the radar system. “Indonesia and China will review e