Unmanned Systems News - June 2010

Photo above: The Spy Arrow micro UAV from Thales, prepared for launch by hand. (Bernard Rousseau, Thales)


Thales Introduce Tactical, Multi Purpose Robots, UGVs

Thales is introducing three new unmanned systems at Eurosatory 2010 – the Spy Arrow mini-UAV, an autonomous, affordable and backpackable surveillance system comprising a delta-winded miniature aircraft; The company is also displaying the μTrooper Unmanned Ground Vehicle - a multi-role six-wheeled platform carrying a small EO payload, that can operate independently or as part of a pack. Thales is also developing a larger, electrically powered UGV called R-Trooper, equipped with a full UGV sensor suite as well as deploy smaller robots on specific missions. (read more...)

IAI Introduces Tethered Hovering Surveillance Platform

Israel Aerospace Industries will display an innovative concept for lifting medium weight sensors employed for persistent surveillance missions. The platform, designated 'Electric Tethered Observation Platform' (ETOP) is a tethered unmanned hovering platform which can take off, hover in one place, and land without any additional landing and recovery systems. It can be deployed from a static or moving ground vehicle or station. ETOP is the pioneer of a broader line of hovering platforms being developed at IAI for military and civilian applications. (Read more... )

Controp Introduces New EO Payolads for UVS, Vehicular Applications

CONTROP Precision Technologies, an EO Payloads specialist from Israel is announcing new Electro Optical Infra-Red (EO/IR) payloads at the Eurosatory 2010 exhibition this week.

Among the new systems are surveillance sensors providing wide area panoramic coverage for perimeter defense, border control and battlefield intelligence, EO payloads designed for unmanned aerial and autonomous ground vehicles, as well as high performance sensors integrating laser designators for UAVs. ( read more... )

Northrop Grumman, Bell Helicopters Introduce the Fire-X VT-UAV

Fire-X VTUAVNorthrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter have teamed to demonstrate a new medium-range vertical unmanned system called 'Fire-X'. This new UAV will be larger than the Fire-Scout currently produced by Northrop Grumman, utilizing the four-blade FAA-approved Bell-407 helicopter platform. The Fire-X will be capable of carrying payloads weighing up to 1.5 tons on missions extending over 14 hours. First flight of Fire-X is expected by the end of 2010. The development and demonstration program is being funded entirely by Northrop Grumman and Bell Helicopter. The new system also represents Northrop Grumman's entry in an anticipated U.S. Navy competition in 2011 to demonstrate a new medium-range UAS. (More on Fire-X...)

Farnborough Intl. to Launch a UAV Flight Display at This Year's Airshow

This year the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), will include flight demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles, both indoor and outdoor, as a regular part of the flight display program. The organizers have secured an agreement, in principle, from the CAA and Airport authorities to allow Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to approve this initiative. To enable the flight of unmanned vehicles, a set of guidelines have been developed detailing the rules and regulations required to be approved for flying both indoor and outdoor UAS’s at the airshow this year. The organizers are planning to dedicate 30 minute for the UAS display prior to the start of the flying display. (read more...)

Indra Develops Rotary-Wing UAV for Extended Battlefield Missions

Indra is developing the Pelican unmanned helicopter. Currently in development, the unmanned lhelicopter is scheduled to enter service in 2012. The Pelican will be capable of deploying on field operations for 30 days without service, operating 24 hours missionsIndra is also developing tactical UAV based on the Albatross fixed-wing aircraft and Mantis mini UAVs system.



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