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Defense Update Defense Electronics & C4ISR Channel - May 2011

Photo: Maj. Patrick Hudson, 99th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, taxis a U-2 aircraft to a parking spot Aug. 24. Major Hudson completed his 1000th hour of flight in the U-2 aircraft. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr. (Read More...)

AN/PRC-117GAN/PRC-117G Software Release adds Broader Network Support, Airborne Apps

The latest software release for the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G multiband manpack radio system significantly broadens the radio’s network-enabled mission capabilities by introducing a new ‘Sky Mode’, for airborne applications and expanding network support to 30 individual nodes. The new capabilities were added to the Adaptive Wideband Networking Waveform (ANW2), which is currently deployed to Afghanistan in the AN/PRC-117G by various branches of the U.S. Department of Defense. (Read More...)

AH-64DU.S. Army Apaches to Test a new Gunfire Detection System

U.S. Army AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopters will soon be equipped with a Ground Fire Acquisition System (GFAS) to automatically detect, and identify the sources of ground fire shot at the helicopters. GFAS consists of a combination of infrared cameras and processing system known as ‘Weapon Watch” that detect, locate and point other systems (or weapons) to source of ground fire that could put the helicopter in danger. The system also detects enemy fire on the ground, assisting supported forces on the ground. The infrared camera are packed into external pods attached to the helicopters’ stub wings. (Read More...)

MHSR RadarRADA Unveils a New Radar Optimized for Homeland Security

Israel’s defense electronics company RADA is unveiling at LAAD 2011 a new phased array ground and air surveillance radar optimized for homeland security applications. The RHS-40 Multimode Hemisphere Surveillance Radars (MHSR) is a new member RADA’s Family of Pulse Doppler, AESA, Solid State Radars, utilized for active protection systems, perimeter defense and now – air and ground surveillance. (Read More...)