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05 Sep 13. Schiebel and FLIR Systems Polytec AB announce successful integration of the Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) with the CORONA 350 Airborne Sensor. This integration marked the first time that this airborne sensor was flown on board a UAV. The Schiebel CAMCOPTER S-100 has carried out a series of successful test flights in Grossmittel, Austria, to fully evaluate the combined capability of both systems. The Corona 350 is a four axis gyro-stabilized gimbal containing four different cameras including an ultraviolet camera for corona detection, a thermal imaging camera for detecting hot-spots in power lines, a visual light camera and a digital frame camera. What makes the Corona 350 unique is its ability to overlay its ultraviolet and color TV video data to create a combined image that allows operators to detect and identify coronal discharges – areas of ionized air – that are known to damage power line insulators and other electrical components. The combination of the Schiebel S-100 and the FLIR Corona 350 allows.to carry out aerial inspections quickly and efficiently. Additionally it is the perfect method of reducing costs making it an ideal solution for utility companies to perform inspection and maintenance of transmission lines, distribution networks and substations. The advantage of using the system over manned helicopters is that it is capable of operating without any need for a prepared operating area, with up to 10 hours of endurance and line of site ranges out to 200kms.
22 Aug 13. This sources sought modification is issued to provide additional instructions for industry responses that may include unclassified information, classified information and/or large volume documents. Please see Research and Development Sources Sought 8/30/2013, located under the Additional documentation link in FBO. The AMCOM Contracting Center on behalf of Project Manager – Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PM ASE) is seeking interested sources to participate in an Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) program for a laser based Common Infrared Countermeasure (CIRCM) system to protect rotary wing aircraft from infrared (IR) guided missiles. The requirement exists to integrate a laser based CIRCM system to the Common Missile Warning System (CMWS) and Joint Allied Threat Awareness Systems (JATAS). The risk associated with unproven technologies and the need for a mature system will drive the acquisition approach for the CIRCM program. In accordance with the new requirements, threshold prototype weights for small rotary wing aircraft listed in the CIRCM System Performance Specification (SPS) (A-kit and B-kit combined) must not exceed 120 pounds, and threshold prototype weights for larger rotary wing platforms in the CIRCM SPS (A-kit and B-kit combined) must not exceed 155 pounds. The EMD phase will not support the development of new or high risk technologies that have not already demonstrated a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of six (6) or higher supported with test data obtained in a relevant environment and verified by an independent Government source. The intent of the EMD phase is to develop, test, and manufacture mature CIRCM prototypes to demonstrate Probability of countermeasure (Pcm), reliability, and producibility. (Source: Open Source Information Report)
04 Sep 13. MEADS System to Identify Friend Or Foe Aircraft Certified by US Air Traffic Control Office. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Mode 5 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) system has been certified for operation. MEADS became the first U.S. system approved to incorporate a non-U.S. cryptographic device in 2009. Certification by the U.S. Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe Mark XII/XIIA System (AIMS) Program Office is a significant accomplishment f