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Rampart Range Day 21 – Kwesst Battlefield Laser Detection System

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

Kwesst has a large portfolio of technologies we’ll begin exploring over the next few weeks, but we’ll start out by mentioning their Battlefield Laser Detection System.

BLDS was developed in response to counter sniper laser systems and is available in individual, squad and vehicular configurations.

It will detect and locate active laser systems on the battlespace allowing counter fire. Additionally, both threat and friendly systems can be characterized to avoid fratricide.

The system also integrates with ATAK meaning everyone on the network gets an alert if a laser is detected.

Kwesst products are available for unit and agency orders within Canada from Rampart International.

AUSA 2021: Logos Technologies Unveils MicroKestrel Wide-Area Sensor for Tethered UAS

Friday, September 24th, 2021

World’s smallest wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system, MicroKestrel delivers persistent surveillance to a whole new group of military and homeland security sensor operations

FAIRFAX, Va.— September 23, 2021 — Logos Technologies LLC, a leader in wide-area motion imagery (WAMI), announced today that it will be unveiling its new MicroKestrel sensor for small, tethered, multirotor-type unmanned aerial systems (UASs) at the upcoming Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Meeting & Exposition, in Washington, D.C.

When mounted on a tethered UAS and hovering at 200 feet, a single MicroKestrel can image three square kilometers, tracking every vehicle and detecting every moving dismount within its 180-degree field of regard. The WAMI system can also cue high-definition video cameras for close-in inspection should an operator require a positive identification of a target.

“The amazing thing, though, is MicroKestrel’s weight. At just under 5 pounds, the new WAMI system is so light that some tethered UAS can actually accommodate two units, each pointed in a different direction,” said Doug Rombough, VP of Business Development for Logos Technologies. “In such a doubled-up configuration, you get twice the coverage area and a 360-degree field of view.”

The idea of getting WAMI on a small, tethered unmanned aerial vehicles once seemed impossible. Now, these sensors will be able to go on tethered UAVs or free-flying UAVs that have been connected to a third-party tethering station. This greatly expands the types of operators who will be able to use WAMI.

“People who would never have access to runway or catapult-launched UAVs, let alone big Predators, can pop open a container, set up a tethered UAV, and launch a WAMI sensor into the air,” said Rombough. “Think about what that means for base protection, event security, or other mission sets.”

Logos Technologies will be showcasing MicroKestrel and other sensor systems at the company’s booth (No. 1143) at AUSA, on October 11-13.

DSEi 21 – Metravib Defence PEARL

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

PEARL is a weapon mounted system that localizes in real time, small arms fire based on sound waves generated by the shot.

Although it is mounted here to a carbine, it can also be mounted to a vehicle, mast, or directly to a building.


DSEi 20 – DefendTex Drone-155

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Australia’s DefendTex has introduced the Drone-155, a drone launched from a custom 155mm tube which, once aloft, deploys four propellers to loiter over targets.

Featuring a GPS autopilot, it offers up to 120 minutes of flight time with a top speed of 40 m/s. The max payload is 20 kg. It can be fitted with ISR, EW, Kinetic, RPG40 multiple launcher, laser designator or smoke/flash payloads. It can also be used to deploy the? DRONE40 described below.

The Drone-40 is normally launched from 40mm Grenade Launchers and can stay aloft for up to 60 minutes, featuring a top speed of 20 m/s. Current payloads include ISR, HE Frag, Fuel-Air, Anti-Armor, Flashbang, Smoke, and C-UAS.

TEKEVER Launches TEKEVER ATLAS for UAV Real-Time and Historical Processing Data

Friday, September 17th, 2021

DSEI, September 15th, 2021 – TEKEVER is demonstrating during DSEI (London, 14-17, 2021) its new TEKEVER ATLAS, a tool to enhance Unmanned Aerial Systems missions. It provides advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics onboard for real-time and historical processing of data. Designed for key decision-makers, TEKEVER ATLAS delivers intelligence onboard, as well as ground-based tools, and assures that the right person gets the right information at the right time.

“TEKEVER ATLAS is a tool that extends the capabilities of TEKEVER’s unmanned technology. It allows you to collect all the information and to explore it after it’s been collected. ATLAS is a good name for the systems because it holds all the information that we are gathering about the world. It connects to multiple UAS systems at same time to collect data of the sensors that are on board (optical video, infrared video, radar, multispectral sensors, static aperture radars, for example). That information comes over a private network and gets collect in our AI/ML-powered datacenter, where all the information is stored and tagged”, explains Paulo Ferro, TEKEVER Director of Business Development

Decision-makers will be able to plan missions more effectively by easily including parameters such as areas of interest, objectives, and targets. This will enable the end-user user to review the specific details of any mission, and to easily retrieve historical data necessary as evidence for prosecution.

HENSOLDT and L3Harris Join Forces for NATO Surveillance Programme

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Taufkirchen, Germany, 14 September 2021 – Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT and L3Harris Technologies join forces to develop new capabilities for NATO’s Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme. Both companies have signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement to combine their respective skills in the areas of platform-independent mission solutions.

In the frame of the cooperation, HENSOLDT, with its track record in developing and manufacturing sensors and mission systems, will contribute, among other things, capabilities in the areas of active and passive sensors, sensor data fusion and network management capabilities.

“Next-generation surveillance requires an intelligent approach to platform-independent, networked high-end sensors, AI-based date exploitation and dissemination” said Jürgen Halder, Head of Strategic Projects at HENSOLDT’s Spectrum Dominance division. “L3Harris and HENSOLDT with their respective strengths are ideally suited to offer NATO the optimum solution.”

“Our team will explore open systems, multi-function solutions and data-centric concepts to sustain the NATO Alliance’s military advantage from 2035 and beyond“,  said Dave Johnson, Vice President, Strategy, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris.

L3Harris and HENSOLDT are part of an international team that brings together NATO nations’ industrial expertise in surveillance and control. This team will analyse the risks and feasibility of technologies and components within its system-of-systems approach to enhance the NATO Alliance’s capabilities to 2035 and beyond.  L3Harris’ international teammates share a common vision: to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of future NATO military operations through the procurement and integration of a multi-domain (AFSC) capability centred around the data enterprise.

DroneShield Enters the Sonar Market with SonarOne

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce a material capability upgrade to its multi-domain DroneSentryTM counterdrone / counter-UxS threat awareness and response system, via addition of SonarOneTM, cutting edge sonar detection system, for directional real time reporting of underwater threats.

SonarOneTM is a sophisticated sonar monitoring device capable of detecting and tracking hostile unmanned underwater vehicles (“UUVs”) or diver intruders in protected waters. Ideal for deployment around naval vessels, harbours, and critical infrastructure, SonarOneTM is easy to install and monitor via the DroneSentry-C2TM, DroneShield’s intuitive and easy to use operator interface, with no specialist sonar training required.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, commented, “With the inclusion of SonarOne, the DroneSentry system provides a comprehensive all-domain awareness and protection system, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Water Surface Vehicles (USVs), UUVs, and divers.

As the original counter-UAS market pioneer which set the industry standards since its inception, we are pleased to continue leading the market by offering this breakthrough unique capability to our customers globally.”

Image: overview of a facility protected with the full suite of DroneShield sensors

With a substantial detection range for divers and UUVs, SonarOneTM can protect large sites with few installation points, reducing the amount of preparation required by the installer and the need for pre-existing infrastructure. With its directional capability and simultaneous tracking of multiple targets, SonarOneTM provides the operator with complete awareness of multi-directional underwater robotic and manned swarm attacks.

The product is unrestricted in deployment, meaning it is available for sale, and expected to be of interest to, a wide range of customers including ports, harbours, naval bases, private yachts, residences, power stations, and various offshore platforms.

Additional product details are available here.

AeroVironment Selected by U.S. Special Operations Command for $22 Million Beyond Line of Sight ISR Services Award Under Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems IV Program

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

• First award for satellite communications-enabled beyond line of sight (BLOS) on competitive Mid-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (MEUAS) IV program

• AeroVironment receives task order to provide ISR services at additional customer location

• AeroVironment JUMP 20 is a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), fixed-wing unmanned aircraft that AeroVironment uses to provide advanced multi-sensor intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services

JUMP 20 is a VTOL, fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system that can be deployed quickly and requires no launch equipment or runway. (Photo: AeroVironment, Inc.)

ARLINGTON, Va., July 13, 2021 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced it was awarded a competitive task order valued at approximately $22 million on May 21, 2021 from the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for ISR services using JUMP® 20 medium unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at an undisclosed customer location. The ISR services include the first SATCOM-enabled unmanned aircraft system for beyond line of sight operations as part of the existing Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) MEUAS IV contract. The task order specifies a 12-month period of performance and multiple follow-on option years for ISR services.

“The JUMP 20 delivers an unmatched level of versatility, with runway and infrastructure independence, multiple payload configurations, class-leading endurance and a track record of reliability and ruggedness,” said Gorik Hossepian, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager for medium UAS. “The inclusion of a SATCOM payload adds beyond line of sight operation to the JUMP 20, providing our customer with expanded reach and situational awareness, and representing another game-changing, market-leading capability.”

The AeroVironment JUMP 20 is the first fixed-wing unmanned aircraft system capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) to be deployed extensively in support of U.S. military forces. Ideal for multi-mission operations, JUMP 20 delivers 14+ hours of endurance, a standard operational range of 185 km (115 mi) and is runway independent. The system can be set up and operational in less than 60 minutes without the need for launch or recovery equipment and has a useable payload capacity of up to 30 pounds. The JUMP 20 also features a common autopilot and ground control system architecture providing a highly customizable, modular platform which can be custom-configured to meet operational or customer requirements.