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22 Jan 15. BAE announced its first-to-market 12-micron thermal imaging technology that significantly improves the effectiveness of thermal weapon sights. The company’s Universal Thermal Clip-On version XII (UTC® XII) is the first military-grade thermal weapon sight to include the new 12-micron technology, which greatly reduces lens size, total system weight, and battery use, while delivering improved image quality.
“This 12-micron-based solution builds on our decades-long history of providing special operations and tactical customers with cutting edge thermal imaging products,” said Marc Casseres, director of Imaging and Aiming at BAE Systems. “Our 12-micron technology, will allow users to detect, recognize, and defeat threats in all weather and visibility conditions, like never before.”
Similar to the 17-micron Universal Thermal Clip-On, which is currently fielded by the U.S. military in support of long-range sniper and surveillance missions, the UTC XII will also complement existing day sight systems. This versatility allows users to rapidly move from day to night vision with no mission interruption. Providing 12-micron technology furthers BAE Systems’ commitment to delivering the latest technology in unrivalled thermal imaging and aiming products for the most discriminating operators. The UTC XII allows the user to detect, recognize, and identify threats in all weather conditions, day or night, and provides the ability to simultaneously observe the target area through fog, smoke, dust, and haze to provide superior situational awareness. The company plans to integrate 12-micron technology into its full line of thermal imaging and aiming monoculars, weapon sights, and binoculars. BAE Systems displayed the UTC XII, in conjunction with its distribution partners TSSI and Source One, at the SHOT Show.
22 Jan 15. DRS completes maiden flight test of GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal. DRS Technologies has successfully completed the maiden test flight of its GS205-XRZ laser designating gimbal at Avon Park Air Force Range in Florida, US. Operating from a US Special Operations Command platform, the gimbal executed multiple laser designation exercises that demonstrated its ability to bring a targeting capability to airborne and ground platforms. GS205-XRZ, which is designed and manufactured by DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems, is a multi-sensor targeting system that offers true day / night optimal surveillance and targeting capabilities to all laser-guided weapons. The gimbal uses a full-pulse interval modulation / pulse repetition frequency compliant laser designator. Weighing less than 9lb and 6in in diameter, it is one of the smallest stabilised, lightweight and fully qualified targeting systems. DRS Technologies C4ISR business group president Sally Wallace said: “The size and performance of this gimbal is a testament to DRS engineers who understand that as customer needs evolve, no solution is too small. “We are proud of the capabilities of this unique system, which should provide a distinct advantage to US troops on the battlefield.” The system is available off-the-shelf for size, weight and power-constrained platforms. It is an extended-range version of the targeting system, fitted with a cooled infrared camera that includes a zoom optic, electro optical camera, laser pointer and eye-safe range finder. In addition, optional B-Kits can be installed on multiple platforms such as ground vehicles and stationary forward operating base locations. (Source: army-technology.com)
18 Jan 15. The Japan Ministry of Defense has selected two Northrop Grumman Corporation systems to enhance its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. Under a process known as type selection, the Japanese government chose the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft and the RQ-4