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UNMANNED SYSTEMS UPDATE

19 May 11. Aeroseeker mini UAV unveiled at IDEF. Atlantic UVS unveiled its Aeroseeker quad-rotor mini unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the IDEF 2011 exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. Company Chief Executive Officer Oz Aksugur told Jane’s that the platform had recently completed an 18-month development programme. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

09 May 11. Bluefin to develop anti-IED hull-clearing AUV. US autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) house Bluefin Robotics is developing a robotic ship hull mine and improvised explosive device (IED) identification and neutralisation capability for use in joint service explosive ordnance disposal. Work is being completed under a recent USD30 million contract awarded by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). The new vehicle, known as the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Hull Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Localization System (EOD HULS), will capitalise on the Hovering AUV (HAUV) previously developed by Bluefin (vehicle design) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (control systems) . (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

17 May 11. Turkish intelligence uses Malazgirt mini UAV. Kale-Baykar’s Malazgirt mini rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is in service with Turkey’s intelligence services, Jane’ s has learnt. However, a company representative was unable to disclose how many systems have been delivered or where they are in operation. The Malazgirt, which was on display at the IDEF 2011 exhibition in Istanbul, is one of the first rotary-wing UAVs in operational service and it is designed to provide a surveillance and reconnaissance capability. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

23 May 11. US forces eye Switchblade lethal aerial ammunition capability. The US Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL) and Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) are assessing lethal aerial munitions (LAMs) and how they could be employed in combat. MCWL is working with AeroVironment’s Switchblade unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is essentially a ‘kamikaze’ system that can deliver warheads designed for specific targets, CNA lead analyst John Reynolds told Jane’s. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

25 May 11. New Havelsan UAV mission planning system promises increased automation. Havelsan has developed a mission planning system for small rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and intends to evolve this into a package for a range of UAVs, both fixed- and rotary-wing. Baris Dinç, systems engineering group manager for air command control and management information systems at Havelsan, told Jane’s that the company had used a commercially available rotary-wing UAV in the first instance and modified its software to meet their needs, including the addition of an autonomous flight capability. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

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