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Milrem Robotics to Deliver UGVs to UK Defence

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

Milrem Robotics is to deliver two unmanned ground vehicles to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the United Kingdom.

DSTL whose purpose is to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK, is procuring the unmanned vehicles to explore the capabilities and limitations of these autonomous systems in areas such as mobility, vulnerabilities and safety.

Milrem Robotics will supply the vehicles to DSTL in partnership with leading defence technology company, QinetiQ, who will integrate autonomous functions to the vehicles and arrange transfer to the end user.

In cooperation with QinetiQ, Milrem Robotics is participating in two UK large-scale robotics programs – JTARR (Joint Tactical Autonomous Resupply and Replenishment) and RPV (Robotic Platoon Vehicle).

“The United Kingdom has a clear view on the importance of robotics on the battlefield and its impact on defence capabilities. This is illustrated by the two large-scale robotics programs in which Milrem Robotics is currently participating in the UK,” said Kuldar Väärsi, CEO of Milrem Robotics.

DSTL follows similar organizations in the Netherlands, Norway and Germany who have also opted for the THeMIS platform. For example, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has acquired one platform for similar testing and evaluation by the German armed forces.

In addition, the THeMIS UGV has been delivered to France, US and Indonesia in logistics configuration intended to provide combat support and carry supplies with an option to integrate additional kinetic or non-kinetic payloads.

More information from DSTL: www.gov.uk/government/news/dstl-acquires-first-fleet-of-autonomous-ground-vehicle-systems

Liteye Earns Additional CUAS Contract as Part of Critical US Defense Industrial Base

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Colorado Manufacturer promotes stability in Defense Industrial Base, provides key Counter UAS (CUAS) Systems during turbulent times 

Centennial Colorado — Liteye Systems, Inc, a world leader in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), announced the receipt of an add-on specialty production order for $3M.  The contract will ensure delivery of hardware for US Government urgent requirements during this unprecedented time dealing with COVID-19.

The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) is identified as a Critical Infrastructure Sector by the Department of Homeland Security. 

“This contract, and the recent deliveries of Liteye’s US configured AUDS system continues a three-year run of consistent performance, delivering life-saving technology to our warfighters,” said Kenneth Geyer, CEO of Liteye Systems.  “This order from the US Government, and designation as part of the Defense Industrial Base Sector during this difficult time is an example of the trust Liteye has garnered with the US Government to deliver much needed capability.”

“Liteye is operating at full capability and has NOT been impacted.  We are taking all appropriate steps to mitigate risk to employees while ensuring Liteye can meet ALL customer demands,” said Geyer

While many companies are already feeling the economic impact, the recent contract award and previously delivered product to the US Government, positions Liteye to remain a stable and trusted leader within the Defense Industrial Base.  COVID-19 is having a dramatic and dynamic impact on our lives, businesses and on the global economy.   Liteye Systems is committed to lead through this pandemic, and related recovery, and take aggressive action to mitigate the impacts on employees while meeting the needs of Customers. 

www.Liteye.com

First Vertically Integrated, End-to-End UAS Manufacturer Launches

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

CP Aeronautics Offers American Built Combat Proven Unmanned Aerial Systems for Defense, Homeland Security, and Civil Applications

San Diego, Calif. – CP Technologies today launches a new division, CP Aeronautics, to provide integrated turnkey solutions based on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms, payloads, data links, ground control stations (GCS), and communications for defense and civil applications.

Designed as leading-edge UAS-based solutions, CP Aeronautics’ systems offer operationally proven solutions for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems requirements. CP Aeronautics’ broad product portfolio has demonstrated excellent performance and operability in very demanding environments. Backed by continuous research and development, these systems are built on three decades of technological and operational experience.

Brad Pilsl, Vice President Of Business Development at CP Aeronautics, shares, “Through our in-house capability as a UAS manufacturer and integrator with specialist subsidiaries and technology partners, we offer a complete range of subsystems including air vehicles, inertial navigation and avionics, electro-optical payloads (EO), communications, propulsion systems, launch and retrieval systems, command and control units. We also offer high-end training solutions for our partners and customers.”

CP Aeronautics will support government and commercial customers with the entire infrastructure necessary for development, production, integration, flight-testing, certification, and operational support of UAS throughout their service.

The combat-proven operational systems include:

Orbiter 2 Small-UAS (SUAS)

Orbiter 3 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS)

Orbiter 4 Small Tactical UAS (STUAS)

Aerostar Tactical UAS (TUAS)

Dominator XP (MALE UAS)

Pegasus 120 High-performance Multi-Mission Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) UAS

For more information on CP Aeronautics’ systems, please visit: cp-aeronautics.com 

US Army xTechSearch Progresses DroneShield to Stage 3

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Earlier this month, DroneShield has announced that the United States Army has selected its wholly owned US subsidiary DroneShield LLC to advance to Phase II of Expeditionary Technology Search program (“xTechSearch”).

DroneShield is now pleased to announce that following Phase II evaluation round, it has been progressed to Phase III of the evaluation process. Phase III will be held on 17-19 March at the 2020 Global Force Symposium & Exposition at Huntsville Alabama. The 2020 AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition is a 2 ½ -day event that will include presentations from the Army, DoD and industry related to the future of the Army.  There is a cash grant award associated with progressing to Phase III. 

xTechSearch is sponsored by U.S. Army’s Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. It enables the selected private sector companies to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most critical Army modernisation challenges.

The Army xTechSearch program provides non-dilutive funding to selected private sector companies to demonstrate their technologies pertaining to Army challenges. The program also drives to integrate these businesses into the Army’s Science and Technology ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including authorized access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.

DroneShield LLC has been selected on the basis of Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning algorithms within its drone detection products.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “The United States Department of Defense (US DoD) continues to substantially ramp up its counter-UAS work, with the recently reported decision to appoint the U.S. Army as the DoD’s executive agent for its counter-UAS efforts. We are pleased to progress into the next phase of the xTechSearch process, allowing DroneShield further engagement with the U.S. Army’s ecosystem, and growing our relationship with them towards their acquisition processes. This shortlisting continues to reinforce DroneShield’s proprietary technologies as as market leading capabilities in the counter-UAS space globally.”  

DroneShield’s RfZeroTM ground or vehicle-mounted drone detection units

SHOT Show 20 – ADS Inc Showcases Drone Technologies

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Stop by ADS Inc (booth #20415) to check out these UAS technologies:

Liteye Skywall Patrol Handheld Drone Capture System: SkyWall Patrol is a handheld system that gives a mobile operator the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope.

FLIR R80D SkyRaider: This advanced multi-mission UAS was developed for U.S. Defense and Federal Government Customers and can carry and deliver multiple payloads up to 4.4 lbs, an open architecture, and one of the fastest, most powerful embedded AI computing devices available on sUAS. 

QinetiQ Shoulder-Worn Acoustic Targeting System (SWATS): QinetiQ’s SWATS is a compact, shoulder-worn acoustic targeting system that detects, locates and displays hostile shooter location in less than a quarter of a second. 

U.S. Army xTechSearch Shortlists DroneShield

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

DroneShield is pleased to announce that the United States Army has selected its wholly owned US subsidiary DroneShield LLC to advance to Phase II of Expeditionary Technology Search program (“xTechSearch”).

xTechSearch is sponsored by U.S. Army’s Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. It enables the selected private sector companies to collaborate with the Army to tackle the most critical Army modernisation challenges.

The Army xTechSearch program provides non-dilutive funding to selected private sector companies to demonstrate their technologies pertaining to Army challenges. The program also drives to integrate these businesses into the Army’s Science and Technology ecosystem by providing research opportunities with Army labs, including authorized access to the Army’s organic intellectual and technical capital.

DroneShield LLC has been selected on the basis of Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning algorithms within its drone detection products, including RfPatrolTM, RfZeroTM, RfOneTM, DroneSentinelTM and DroneSentryTM.

DroneShield’s CEO Oleg Vornik commented, “The United States Department of Defense (US DoD) has substantially the largest defence budget globally. Collaboration activities such as xTechSearch enable opportunities to be embedded into their ecosystem, with potential significant acquisitions following, as the US DoD seeks effective counterdrone solutions. This selection demonstrates cutting edge of DroneShield’s technologies on a global scale.”  

Image: DroneShield’s RfPatrol units

Colorado Company, Liteye Systems Expands Manufacturing, Opens 55K Sq Ft Facility

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

US Manufacture of AUDS (Anti-UAV Defense System) Experiences Rapid Growth in Counter Drone Market 

Centennial Colorado — Liteye Systems, Inc. the US leader in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems, announced the opening of a new 55,000 square foot facility in Highfield Business Park, near Centennial Airport, CO to accommodate rapid growth and support increasing manufacturing demands.

In addition to the corporate headquarters in Centennial, CO and UK office, the new facility will bring the company’s office and manufacturing footprint to over 80,000 square feet and supports the company’s growth strategy.  Liteye added 21 jobs in 2019 and plans an additional 20 jobs next year.

Liteye, founded by Kenneth Geyer and Tom Scott in January of 2000, is now ranked as one of the leading privately held companies in Colorado. Liteye has over $70M in counter drone contracts with the US DoD and is Combat Proven with over 1000 defeats against enemy drones by ISIS, Taliban and others.

“When Liteye started we designed and manufactured small products, such as Head Mounted Displays and covert thermal cameras,” stated Kenneth Geyer, CEO. “As the company grew and evolved into the counter unmanned systems market, the need for square footage and taller ceilings to house multiple vehicles, trailers and shipping containers on a production line to meet customer demands became necessary.” 

“Like most companies, in the beginning we focused mainly on the engineering portion, subcontracting the manufacturing and assembly of our products outside the company. As our military business grew, we brought both those capabilities inside the company to meet MIL-STD requirements and fast delivery times.” Said Thomas Scott, CTO “It started with just one CNC machine and has been growing ever since, where today we have a state-of-the-art machine shop and full production floor.”  

www.liteye.com

GA-ASI Awarded Gray Eagle ER Modernization Contracts

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

SAN DIEGO–General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has teamed with the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities and survivability of the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle ER’s avionics, datalinks and software in order to improve the UAS’s operational capability in contested environments. The modernization initiative provides an open architecture concept on the aircraft that is capable of hosting government-owned software, as well as increased autonomy required to support Scalable Control Interface and the rapid integration of long-range sensors. These enhancements will enable the Army’s vision for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).

“GE-ER provides the U.S. Army with a UAS that adjusts to the changing threat environment and mission needs with unmatched endurance.”

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“The Army is investing in the Gray Eagle system because they get a tremendous performance increase as a return on their investment,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “GE-ER provides the U.S. Army with a UAS that adjusts to the changing threat environment and mission needs with unmatched endurance.”

GA-ASI recently completed an open competition to modernize the datalinks on the platform. Tenets for the “best of breed” datalink competition included modular architecture with government-owned interfaces, reduction in size, weight, and power, with increased reliability, Soldier maintainability, and growth for future MDO requirements. Vendors selected include L3Harris Technologies, Airbus, Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Ramona Research, Inc. The modernized datalink solution, while significantly more capable, will cost less per aircraft than the current datalink suite.