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World’s First Explosive Detection Drone Unveiled at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Event

November 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Force Protection, Syndicated Industry News 
SpectroDrone is equipped with a laser based explosive detector, capable of detecting and identifying explosive materials, drugs and chemical compounds from a distance of few meters. Image: LDSFollowing extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor. SpectroDrone employs LDS’s patented standoff gated laser spectroscopy techniques, proven to detect a wide range of explosive and hazardous materials at distances of several meters.
              

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High Flying Drones Recruited for Missile Defense

reaper_bmds_1021Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are currently tested with Airborne Infrared (ABIR) sensors – performing persistent, forward pickets to spot hostile missile launches and track them through their flight trajectory. These missions will soon evolve as RPAs become operational, and augment existing radar and space-based sensors, providing midcourse tracking and target discrimination, to help targeting ground and ship-based missile defense interceptors. In the next phase MDA will equip even larger unmanned platforms with high-power laser systems, to perform boost-phase intercept. The agency plans to demonstrate such systems in 2021.
              

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Ghost Ships Gather in Scotland for Naval Robotic Wargames

p950_unmanned_rib_1021Almost 50 unmanned systems from the UK, USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, and Austria participated in a month-long war game for robots, organized by the Royal Navy. Spanning air, surface and the undersea domain, ‘Unmanned Warrior 2016’ (UW16), has been in the making for almost two years, with dozens of players from different nations invited to take part in this unique operational demonstration, held as part of NATO’s Joint Warrior exercise.
              

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Increasing Infantry Overmatch with Advanced Shoulder Fired Weapons

October 4, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: DARPA, SAAB, Syndicated Industry News 
m4_side_1021Seeking to increase the combat power of small dismounted teams, DARPA is studying the Massive Overmatch Assault Round (MOAR) as a way to enhance current man-portable infantry weapon systems with compact, multi-function precision engagement munitions. While some manufacturers address these capabilities with dedicated weapon systems, Saab is exploring enhancement for its proven M4 and AT4 weapon systems, to meet MOAR goals.
              

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Boeing Introduces its Brand New Candidate for the USAF T-X Trainer

September 13, 2016 by · Comment
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Unmanned Peacekeepers Over Africa

September 5, 2016 by · Comment
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New Mini-Drone Provides ‘Eye in the Sky’ for Small Boats

August 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Israel, Syndicated Industry News 
Rail launched from a ship deck or small boat, Skylark C is operated by two operators from a portable mission control unit. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems introduce today the Skylark C - the first naval member of its electrically powered mini-UAV family. Based on the operational and combat-proven Skylark I-LEX Mini UAS, the naval variant extends the Skylark reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities to the maritime domain.
              

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First Israeli F-35 ‘Adir’ is Airborne

July 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
F-35I_10210The first F-35 bound to Israel made its maiden flight June 25 from Fort Worth, Texas, flown by Lockheed Martin's test pilot. The aircraft will now conduct a series of flight tests to confirm its airworthiness.
              

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Israel Requests Eight SH-60F SeaHawk from US Navy Surplus

July 10, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, Sikorsky, Syndicated Industry News 
Sikorsky/US Navy SH-60 Sea hawk. U.S. Navy photo by Zachary EshlemanIsrael is seeking US approval for the supply of eight SH-60F Sea-Hawk Helicopters from US Navy surplus to support the Israeli Navy security operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters will initially operate with the four new Meko-100 Class Magen corvettes Israel will receive from Germany by 2020.
              

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An Unmanned Seagull That Fires Torpedoes!

June 28, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Elbit Systems, Syndicated Industry News 
A lightweight torpedo is launched from Elbit Systems' Seagull USV. The success of the first torpedo launch is a major milestone, confirming the USV’s capability to incorporate anti-submarine weapons, in addition to its unique submarine and mine detection capabilities. Photo: Elbit SystemsElbit Systems completed recently a trial test torpedo launch from its Seagull multi-mission, autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) system. Lightweight torpedoes are often used by anti-submarine vessels, helicopters, and aircraft against submarines located in shallow waters. This is the first instance where such weapons are used from unmanned platforms.
              

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Fifth Launch Completes Satellite Completes U.S. Navy’s Global Military Cellular Network

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, space, Syndicated Industry News 
The 7.5 ton MOUS satellite is based on Lockheed Martin's A2100 satellite bus powered by with two five-panel solar array wings. Its dual payload comprises the WDCMA and legacy channels, using 14 and 5 meter diameter reflecting mesh antennae. Image: Lockheed MartinThe US Navy's fifth and last Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched June 24, 2016, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The system will transform legacy telephone links into a globally connected IP-based ‘mobile phone’ network, that will support voice, text and data, enabling small units to switch from line-of-sight communications to beyond line-of-sight Satellite Communications. (SATCOM).
              

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India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
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L-3 Converts a Special Mission Aircraft for the US Army

June 24, 2016 by · Comment
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The King Air 350 was first deployed with the US Air Force Project Liberty, as MC-12W.L-3 Mission Integration has conducted the maiden flights of the first Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft to be converted into a special mission platform under the US Army's Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) program.
              

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Robot Mounted GroundEye Sensor Set to Combat Hidden IEDs

Raytheon UK's new Counter-IED sensor 'GroundEye' combines an imaging sensor with a laser array to measure ground disturbances and changes created by IEDs. Photo Raytheon.Raytheon UK and Estonian UGV developer Milrem unveiled at Eurosatory an IED detection platform based in Raytheon UK GroundEye sensor system, integrated on the THeMIS unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) developed by Milrem.
              

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Protecting the Flamable Load – Carapace Demonstrates Protected Logistics at Eurosatory

P1950089The French Army has recently deployed the Carapace, a highly protected fuel lorry designed to survive an ambush attack, fight back and cpress on delivering the fuel to the front lines.
              

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A New Israeli Sandcat Spoted in Paris

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Eurosatory 2016 – Photo Report (Day 1)

June 14, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: IAI, Plasan, Syndicated Industry News 
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Smaller Drones for Tactical Missions – The race is On!

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This IronVision Helmet Can See Through Armor

June 8, 2016 by · Comment
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KADEX: T-72B – Battle-tank Fit For Urban Combat

The T-72B with added 'urban kit' displayed at KADEX 2016. Photo: UVZThe T-72 is the most popular tank currently in service. With over 22,000 produced, the T-72 is involved in almost every theater of war, and, with the transformation of warfare from symmetric to asymmetric combat, waged in urban areas, the T-72 must also adapt, to maintain its effectiveness in complex terrain. This article reviews the new, T-72 urban warfare upgrade kit displayed at KADEX 2016
              

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KADEX: Barys – The New 8×8 APC from Kazakhstan and South Africa

The Barys - based on the South African Paramount Mbombe 8. Photo: UVZThe Kazakh-South-African joint venture, “Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering” (KPE) introduced the new Barys 8X8 armored fighting vehicle at the KADEX - Kazakhstan's defense expo. The JV will start producing the vehicles at the new 15,000 square meters assembly plant opened in 2015 in the Kazakh capital Astana.
              

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KADEX 2016 – Photo Report

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Super Puma Grounded

H225 is operated by several countries in search and rescue missions. The civilian version is also used for SAR as well as offshore transportation. Photo: Airbus Helicopters Airbus will need to work hard if military sales are ever to recover the growing scandal over the Norwegian crash.
              

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Super Puma Grounded

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AN-72/74 Intercepted by Belgian Air Force in Baltic

CNN International is reporting that Belgian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons based in the Baltic States recently intercepted a variety of Russian aircraft.  One of the reported ones was the Antonov AN-74 Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) transport, the AN-72/74.  The AN-72/74 was developed in the late Seventies and was very similar to a Boeing developmental aircraft for the US Air Force  that never went into production.

While the Antonov never was used by the Soviets the company was able to build a quantity in the 90’s which found use with Russian civil airlines, foriegn airlines and the Russian military.

The AN-72/74 are very distinctive with the engines set above the wing to maximize short takeoffs.

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