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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

08 Jun 10. Schiebel successfully tested and integrated the ROVER (Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver) system. This receives only system allows ground personnel to see the images from cameras and sensors that are carried by a UAV or manned aircraft platform. The integration of ROVER with the CAMCOPTER® S-100 as a rotary wing UAS provides the user on the ground with capabilities previously unavailable when using similar systems on fixed wing UAV platforms. In service to military units for several years, the ROVER system has evolved into a man portable system, capable of delivering real time intelligence to field commanders. The
information is shown on a small monitor or laptop. The whole ROVER system device may be carried in a backpack. All information is transmitted directly from the UAS to the ROVER. This creates a significant awareness advantage for any unit commander. With a ROVER system transmitter equipped CAMCOPTER® S-100, the UAV operator and ground units are looking at the same image; allowing for precise target recognition by having multiple eyes on the actual image. The integration of ROVER into the CAMCOPTER® S-100 will greatly improve the field commander’s situational understanding and decision making process. This is particularly
important in today´s diverse, quickly changing and dynamic operational scenarios. says Neil Hunter, Managing Director of Schiebel. ROVER is the choice of the U.S. military and a number of NATO countries. Its integration with the CAMCOPTER® S-100 is significant upgrade in the UAV s ability to offer precise, real time close in aerial support to personnel in the field.

09 Jun 10. The first two of six unarmed MQ-9 Reaper UAVs that Italy has sought to order will be delivered in July, an Italian Air Force source said June 9. Italian Air Force officials have said they would like to dispatch the first Reaper to Afghanistan by the end of the year. (U.S. Air Force) A U.S. source who has knowledge of the deal added that the UAVs, plus ground stations and support equipment, could be flown by cargo aircraft directly from California to the Reapers’ base in Puglia in southern Italy. Two more Reapers will be delivered by the end of 2010, the Italian Air Force source said. The delivery schedule has slipped. Italian officials previously said they aimed to take delivery of the first Reapers by the end of 2009. In addition to an order for four Reapers, Italy said last October it would seek to order an extra two to beef up its UAV surveillance capability in Afghanistan. Italy purchased four Predators before placing an order for an additional two upgraded versions. The Italian Air Force wants to have two UAVs ready to fly at all times in Afghanistan, or one permanently flying. Officials have said they would like to dispatch the first Reaper to Afghanistan by year’s end. Unlike the Predator, the Reapers will boast Synthetic Aperture Radar and the ability to fly at 50,000 feet. (Source: Defense News)

02 Jun 10. Insitu Inc.’s ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS) recently logged more than 17,000 combat flight hours and 1,700 sorties with the Canadian Forces, delivering the most advanced ISR to meet the mission-critical needs of Canadian defence customers. Insitu’s Canadian partner ING Engineering deploys field service representatives with extensive military backgrounds to provide cutting-edge ISR in support of Canadian defence efforts in Afghanistan and Canada. ScanEagle has been deployed with the Canadian Forces in theater since 2008 and it recently completed a successful maritime flight demonstration aboard Canadian naval vessel HMCS Glace Bay. (Source: Google)

08 Jun 10. The US Army is conducting developmental and mobility testing for its autonomous platform demonstrator (APD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. The APD is a 9.6t, 15ft-long multipurpose hybrid-electric robotic vehicle being developed by the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

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