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First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day Wrapup

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Last week, I attended the First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day, held at the Va Beach Military Aviation Museum. Despite pressing foul weather, the museum offered ample room for booth space as well as in the hangar and apron area for demonstrations.

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Attendance was restricted to vetted government and industry members, but the individual demonstrations were quite technical and required a basic level of experience with the subject. Terminology alone would have marginalized the casual observor.

The event focused on two sides of the Unmanned Aerial System coin. There isn’t a single drone technology. Consequently, countering them requires a layered approach, with multiple technologies to go after the signals; commercial and military, as well as novel, the result of tweaking existing systems to operate outside standard parameters.

Below is an overview of the various vendors to demonstrate at the industry day.

Aeryon Labs Inc.

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Aeryon Labs focused on their Sky Ranger. It flies at 50 kph but will maintain station in gusts up to 90 kph. It also offers a 25-30 min flight duration with its heaviest payload (60 x zoom EO Offering the ability to read a license plate at 1500m) but can remain aloft for up to 50 min with lighter payload (FLIR Tau 2 EO/IR sensor).

Optimized to fly with tablet and stylus and boasting a 256 bit encryption datalink, it can also be controlled with a joystick.

The Sky Ranger offers a 120 to -20 deg operational window and integrates an auto landing using Sonar which kicks in at 10’ above the deck.

MyDefence

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MyDefense is a Danish firm which offers the Wingman 100, a TRL 9, manwearable UAS detection system. It is currently in use with US prisons and EU militaries.

It is an RF detector with a 60 deg directional antenna and a max range of 1000m. It offers general direction detection by turning the body and compares signals to a limited library (recreational systems are absent). When a signal is detected, the Wingman calls out “drone” or “controller”. It also offers light and vibration alert features.

They are currently working with JIEDDO to introduce the Wingman 101 which features an Aluminum backplate and removable battery. This model will also connect to common military batteries and will pertain up to 3 days.

Lockheed Martin

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Lockheed Martin demonstrated their Indago 2 VTOL quadcopter. It can be folded up and transported in two Kevlar reinforced transport cases.

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The Indago 2 offers the DUO+, ION30X, and dual IR sensors (NIIRS 8 at 400m) as hotswapplable payloads and will remain aloft for up to 50 min at a range of 2km and an operating altitude of 10-500’ AGL.

Batelle

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Batelle’s Drone Defender is a handheld man-portable directional jammer, resembling the point and shoot operation of a rifle, which breaks the communication between the drone and controller and disrupt the GPS signal. The range is up to 400m.

Rohde & Schwarz

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Rohde & Schwarz brought out their demo van which incorporates a full suite of EW/SIGINT capabilities.

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Included in the van’s various capabilities is the Ardronis system which looks at 8 MHz of bandwidth at a time, searching for signal characteristics indicative of a UAS. In addition to geolocation of the signal, it can then characterize the signal using its onboard library. Library Data is updated quarterly. However, new drones can be added manually or via signal capture and classification.

AeroVironment

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Aerovironmemt flew their Puma SUAS System, outfitted with the new I45 payload which adds a low level light camera with improved illumination over the I25. In fact, the I45 payload offers NIIRS 9+ at 1000m oblique.

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The Puma boasts 2.5 hours of flight time and 20km LOS range, although there is also a 3 hour battery. It features auto land which allows it to essentially come straight down into a small area.

Dedrone

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Dedrone’s DroneTracker is designed tospecifically go after commercial drones which are the most prolific form of UAS. It can be mounted to windows or building facades to identify approaching drones via visual, acoustic and frequency sensors.  In addition to characterizing approaching drones, the system can tip and cue other sensors such as cameras.

FLIR

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FLIR discussed their sensor packages as well as their PD-100 Personal Reconnaissance System, which includes the pocket sized Black Hornet 2 sensor, boasting EO or EO/IR sensors. The entire system weighs just 1.3 kg.

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The Black Hornet 2 Offers 25 min flight time, 1.6 km LOS data link range and 5 mps ground speed, tolerating up 12 mps gusts.

Summary

UAS and CUAS technologies are rapidly changing. Fortunately, ADS plans to make this an annual event. If you involved in either, or both disciplines I highly recommend attending the next Industry Day.

To learn more about any of these technologies, visit www.adsinc.com.

RAMPART Appoints Sonny Sergerie, CD (Retired Chief Warrant Officer) as Quebec & Maritimes Sales Manager

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Ottawa, ON Nov 8, 2017 – RAMPART International Corp., Canada’s leading supplier of operational equipment, is proud to announce Sonny Sergerie, CD (Ret. CWO) as the new Sales Manager for Quebec & Maritimes.

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Having spent the last 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces; Sonny brings a wealth of experience and significant leadership to our team.

Sonny will be responsible for contributing to the success and growing needs of our Quebec and Maritimes customers; these territories have grown rapidly since Rampart was established in 2010. Sonny will be based in our Ottawa office to provide our customers with the highest level of service, expertise and professionalism that Rampart is known for.

www.rampartcorp.com

Haley Strategic Partners Grand Opening

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

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Over the weekend, I attended the grand opening of Haley Strategic Partners new facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

I really enjoyed the museum-like atmosphere of the showroom floor, which you can see in the photos above, courtesy of BCM and taken by Jon Chang of Echelon Software.

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Speaking of Bravo Company, HSP gave away a Jack Carbine as a doorprize.

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In addition to the new SureFire / HSP collaboration flashlight, there’s also a new chest rig on the way.

However, the big news is the implementation of HSP’s D7 training. The proper name is D7 powered by VirTra, a firearm and tactics training technology company also located in Phoenix, with systems emplaced worldwide. The VirTra V-300 and V-ST PRO system are the simulators powering the new D7 training experience.

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The VirTra V-300 has multiple screens that offer a 300-degree view, which includes peripheral vision and modified live weapons to enhance the transferability of the training to real-life scenarios. An instructor interacts as the student progresses through the simulation, offering a customized experience based on the actions of the student. For instance, based on how a student uses verbal commands or deescalation techniques, the instructor can tailor the reactions of the simulation. Each simulation is based on a real world case study, offers multiple outcomes, and is portrayed by professional actors.

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Any light setting can be recreated and proprietary flashlights, which can be programmed to throw the same amount of illumination as the student’s carry light, work like real flashlights, lighting up the portion of the screens the light is pointed at.

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I’ve only ever used single screen shoot/no-shoot simulators in the past. The V-300 gave lots of room to move around and had my palms sweating by the end of the active shooter scenario. If you need something more to get the adrenaline racing, they offer a feedback mechanism that gives the student a jolt of electricity if he is hit by fire from the simulator’s adversaries.

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Additionally, VirTra’s V-ST PRO system, is used to improve firearm draw, basic body movements, trigger control, grip and marksmanship. HSP’s system can simulate targets out to 300m, but a planned upgrade will double that distance in the near future. Target types can be changed on the fly, including dueling trees, and the system also offers immediate feedback of where rounds hit on the target, without having to head downrange to paste targets.

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Both systems utilize the student’s pistol and carbine, swapping the barrel for a proprietary laser system. Weapon function, including recoil and sound, is created via a CO2-powered magazine. While it isn’t quite the same as the real thing, it offers a reassuring feel. The system not only allows the student to use his actual firearms, it can be programmed to introduce malfunctions requiring immediate action.

Training will be offered in 2 levels: Small Group two-day class or a Private 1-on-1 class, custom-tailored to the student.

In this video, Travis Haley gives an overview of the technology behind this new program.

This video gives a great overview by SPARTAN117GW; touring the showroom and offering a couple of sneak peeks of new products.

The HSP facility is located at:
16655 N. 90th Street,
Scottsdale, Arizona

Reminder – First Annual ADS Inc UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day Is Next Week

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

ADS Inc is presenting their First Annual UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day on November 7th & 8th at the Military Aviation Museum in Va Beach.

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This is a very interesting topic for me. New capabilities roll out regularly for Unmanned Aerial Systems. But maybe even more important, drones have become the number one asymmetric threat due to their wide proliferation. Their payloads increase while their cost goes down making them a solution of choice for adversaries seeking low-cost ISR and precision weapons. Developing an adaptable strategy to counter them is critical.

During the two-day event, vendors will present eight, one-hour sessions to educate attendees on their technologies.

This event is not open to the public.

Hope to see you there. To sign up and to review the daily schedule, visit adsinc.com/event/drone-day-2017.

Remington Outdoor Company Appoints Scott Rothenberg Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Huntsville, AL – Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) announced today the appointment of Scott Rothenberg as Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Scott will take on the critical strategic role of ensuring the Company meets its revenue target, while maintaining customer and consumer satisfaction.

Scott has been a fixture in the firearms industry for the last 20 years. He spent 12 years with Murski Breeding Sales; where he helped manage numerous leading brands in the outdoor industry, including Remington. Most recently he was the Vice President Sales & Customer Service for Taurus Holdings, Inc; where he exceeded sales goal targets each year.

“I have complete confidence in Scott’s ability to lead our sales team,” said Anthony Acitelli, Remington CEO. “Throughout his career he has successfully coupled a deep understanding of our industry with an unparalleled ability to develop and execute strategies that best support our customers. There is no doubt that Scott’s experience, skillset and perhaps most importantly, vision, will take this team to the next level.”

www.remington.com

B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc. Appoints Brigadier General Peter L. Jones (USA, Ret.) to its Corporate Board of Advisors

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

November 2, 2017 (Redmond, WA) – B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is honored to announce the appointment of Brigadier General Peter L. Jones (USA, Ret.) to its Corporate Board of Advisors as of the 1st of November, 2017.

BG (R) Jones recently retired as the Commandant and Chief of Infantry at the United States Army Infantry School in Fort Benning, GA, following 32 years of service to his country in the U.S. Army. Brigadier General Jones’ appointment will expand the B.E. Meyers & Co. Advisory Board already in place, and his expertise will be invaluable as B.E. Meyers & Co. continues to strengthen its product portfolio and global presence.

“I am excited to join the B.E. Meyers Team – a true leader in providing advanced laser technology to our warfighters and law enforcement professionals,” said Brigadier General Jones, from his home in Columbus, Georgia. “B.E. Meyers’ commitment to quality and innovation is respected worldwide, and I’m excited to serve as a member of Board of Advisors.”

This appointment is also a reconnection of sorts, as in 2003 then-LTC Jones was the Battalion Commander of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment in Baghdad and Iskandariyah, Iraq, where Matthew Meyers, now President and CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. Inc., served in his command as a Platoon Leader. “As a new Platoon Leader in OIF1, BG (R) Jones provided a tremendous level of leadership and advice, and we have maintained contact since that time” said Matt Meyers. “I am extremely honored and humbled that BG (R) Jones has agreed to continue a working relationship in an official capacity as part of the B.E. Meyers Team.”

Brigadier General (R) Peter L. Jones was commissioned as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1985. Throughout his 32-year career, BG Jones has served in numerous staff and leadership positions, both in the continental United States and overseas, and led Soldiers from Company through Brigade. In his last assignment, he was responsible of building and sustaining the Infantry force as the 56th Chief of Infantry.

BG (R) Jones has deployed six times. As a member of the 1st Infantry Division, he deployed twice to Kosovo in support of NATO peace keeping operations. He also has four combat deployments serving in Iraq as commander of a 900-man Infantry Battalion operating in Baghdad and as a commander of a 5,500-man Heavy Brigade Combat Team operating in the five provinces south of Baghdad. Additionally, he has served as a strategic planner at the 4-star multinational headquarters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BG (R) Pete Jones has also served in numerous staff positions at all levels from Battalion to Headquarters, Department of the Army. Most notably, he served for over two years as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Army as the Army shifted operational focus from Iraq to Afghanistan while managing the budget challenges posed by sequestration.

In his last assignment, BG (R) Jones served for two years as the Infantry School Commandant and 56th Chief of Infantry. During his tenure, he oversaw the integration and training of female Soldiers and Officers into the Infantry force. Additionally, he oversaw the study of Russian use of disruptive technologies and hybrid operations in the Ukraine and Syria as the Director, Russian New Generation Warfare.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Point, BG Jones holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and National Defense University. He is also the recipient of Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

www.bemeyers.com

This Weekend – Haley Strategic Partners Open House

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


What: New Kit, Free Food, and Drinks.

When: Saturday, November 4th 2017 2:00pm-7:00pm

Where: 16655 N. 90th St. Suite 100 Scottsdale, Az 85260

www.haleystrategic.com

Victor Forward TAC Camp

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Did you attend Victor Forward’s recent TAC Camp? Unfortunately, we missed it, but hope to catch the next one.

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This two day event linked some great brands with military and government clients for day and night demonstrations.