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Defense Update Technology Channel - March 2011

Photo Above: IDF Merkava Mk 4 equipped with Rafael's Trophy (ASPRO-A) APS are now deployed along the Israeli border with Gaza. Photo: Rafael (read more...)

Battle CommandU.S. Army to Test Wearable PCs with Battle Command Network

The U.S. Army will soon evaluate prototypes of wearable mobile handheld computers running battle command capability. New applications, utilizing GDC4’s GD300 and other devices, will be able to provide dismounted soldiers with network connectivity, command, control and situational awareness just like modern smartphones are doing in the commercial market. General Dynamics expects to deliver 40 prototype handheld devices by September 2011 for user evaluation under the current $2.3 Army contract. (Read More...)

BrownoutMOD Introduces a Helmet Display for Landing in Brownout Conditions

A Low Visibility Landing (LVL) system developed by Scientists from the British Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), could offer a solution for ‘helicopter brownout’ a situation that occurs when a pilot loses visual references due to dust or sand re-circulating during take-off or landing. Brownout poses a major safety concern and problem when operating helicopters in desert conditions. (Read More...)

Japan Tsunami Satellite ImagerySatellite Imagery, U-2 Chart Japan’s Earthquaqe, Tsunami Devastation

As Japan copes with the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11, earth reconnaissance satellites and aerial reconnaissance aircraft and unmanned vehicles are deployed to the area in an effort to assist emergency operations with up-to-date situational assessment and efficient response to the events of the highest priority. (Read More...)

Kc135 GuardianGuardian Add-On Missile-Defense System Being Tested on a KC135 Tanker

A U.S. Air National Guard’s KC-135 air refueling aircraft equipped with the Northrop Grumman Guardian Anti-Missile Defense System has completed air worthiness flight testing and will soon commence the Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE). The aircraft, operating with the 190th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) began flight testing on January 11, 2011 and is scheduled to continue the OUE activities through the second quarter of 2011, to include additional flights and system tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Read More...)


Merkava mk4 TrophyMerkava 4 Equipped with Trophy Defeats an RPG on the First Combat Engagement of an Active Protection System

Following the deployment of Merkava Mk 4 tanks equipped with Rafael Defense Systems’ Trophy (ASPRO-A) Active Protection Systems (APS) along the Gaza border last month (January 2011), following a Palestinian Kornet missile attack, battle testing of the system was only a matter of time. Today (1st March 2011), the Trophy was baphtized in combat, proving its worth in a first combat engagement with a hostile RPG, fired by Palestinain anti-tank team from Gaza. (Read More...)

Stryker TrophyIsraeli Trophy Completes Successful U.S. Evaluation

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Stryker Armored Fighting Vehicle fitted with the ASPRO-A (TROPHY) Active Protection System developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems successfully completed a series of evaluation tests at the U.S. Army Aberdeen proving Ground, as part of foreign APS evaluation mandatded by the U.S. Congress and Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD). During the six week testing, the system withstood numerous missiles and rockets attacks. (Read More...)

AEWEmbraer Unveils the First EMB-145 Modified for AEW Platform for the Indian DRDO

mbraer presented today at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil the first of three EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms developed for India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). (Read More...)

Elisra Unveils Portable COMINT-DF System

Elisra is introducing a man-portable Communications Intelligence Direction Finding (COMINT-DF) system designed to support tactical, dismounted combat units. The new system, designated ‘NEWS Portable’ will be unveiled this week at the upcoming Avalon 2011 Airshow in Australia. (Read More...)

X37B Space PlaneX-37B Space Plane Scheduled for 2nd Flight on March 4th

On Friday, March 4, the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch the second X-37B prototype space plane from Cape Canaveral. The first space plane of the two prototypes built by Boeing Phantom Works, which the Air Force launched in April 2010, stayed on orbit for seven months. (Read More...)