In this issue - June 2010

Through the Wall Radar Sensors at ISDEF 2010
LRAS3 Target Acquisition Systems Enhanced with Liteye’s Monocular Displays
Defense Update Sponsored Event: Global MilSatCom 2010
ITT Introduces New Sensor Architecture Supporting Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) Capabilities
U.S. Army Awards Enhanced NVG Contracts to ITT, DRS and L-3
MP-RTIP Multi-Mission Radar Prepared for Testing on the Global Hawk
The New Generation of Persistent Wide Area Motion Video Surveillance (WAMI) Systems
Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS)
Israel Launch OFEK 9 – New Surveillance Satellite
TETRAPOL High-Speed Mobile Network Launched by EADS
Rafael Develops WiMAX Based Tactical Broadband Network
A New Military IP Radio (MIPR) Launched at Eurosatory 2010
RADA Introduces a New Radar for Active Protection Systems
Lockheed Martin Develops an Advanced Rifle Scope
Elisra Introduces Manpack EJAB C-IED Jammer
Thales Introduce a Multi-Band, Airborne Software Radio
A New Military IP Radio (MIPR) Launched at Eurosatory 2010
Meprolight Becomes Partner in Pulse Inteco Systems
Northrop Grumman Tests Airborne Ka-Band Satellite Terminal
Saab Develops Future Avionics System for Gripen
U.S. Army to Test Smartphones for Offices, Battlefields
Handhelds Improve Soldiers' Situational Awareness
EADS Expands production Capacity for Radar T/R Modules
Raytheon Awarded $97 Million for Miniature Air Launched Decoys
US Army Awards $142 Mil. for More Aerostat Sensor Systems
Israeli Aerostat Optimized Payloads Operational in Afghanistan
IAI Introduces Tethered Hovering Surveillance Platform
Unattended Ground Sensors Move Into Production
Elbit Systems, Ness Technologies to Deliver an Intelligence System to the IAF

Photo above: A general view of a simulated brigade command post, utilizing typical Elbit Systems Digital Army Program elements. A similar configuration has already been deployed operationally by the Isdael Defense Forces, at brigade and division levels. Photo: Elbit Systems

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Through the Wall Radar Sensors at ISDEF 2010

Xaver 100 Two companies are demonstrating Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) radar systems providing through the wall sensing. Israel-based Camero is showing the Xaver 800 and 400 products and is unveiling a prototype design of the miniature hand-held Xaver 100, that fits into a soldier’s pouch. These systems can effectively detect the presence of people behind a wall, indicating their movements, relative positions and, in some systems, the distance to the target. (Read More...)

Defense Update Sponsored Event: Global MilSatCom 2010

Defense Update is sponsoring theGlobal MilSatCom 2010 conferenceand exhibition, now in its 12th year. This event is a unique opportunity to meet an international array of SatCom decision makers and network with hundreds of leading international decision makers in the satellite communications arena. Global MilSatCom 2010 will be held at the London Millennium Conference Centre, in the U.K., from the 8th to 10th November 2010. (Read More...)

LRAS3 Target Acquisition Systems Enhanced with Liteye’s Monocular Displays

LRAS The US Army Communications & Electronics Command in Washington awarded Liteye Systems a contract valued up to $22.6 million, for the delivery of monocular displays for the LRAS3 target acquisition system. Deliveries will begin immediately and span over five years. The total quantity to be delivered has not been determined yet but could exceed 4,000 units. (Read More...)

ITT Introduces New Sensor Architecture Supporting Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) Capabilities

ITT has developed a Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) sensor architecture enabling the warfighter to access collection of data from multiple sources. The company is also presenting a new day/night WAAS W turret sensor designed to operate with the new architecture. The new sensor generates multiple, simultaneous high resolution views of specific region across the payload's widest footprint, enabling users to track multiple targets in different parts of the field of view. The system enables the user to instantly obtain high resolution, detailed images sufficient to track dismounts. (Read More...)


U.S. Army Awards Enhanced NVG Contracts to ITT, DRS and L-3

Night Vision GogglesThe AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) is a helmet-mounted passive device for the individual Soldier that combines scene data from a low-light level sensor and a long-wave infrared sensor into a single, integrated image. The ENVG improves the Soldier’s situational awareness by providing the capability to rapidly detect and recognize man-sized targets while maintaining the ability to see detail and use weapon-mounted aiming lights. (Read More...)

MP-RTIP Multi-Mission Radar Prepared for Testing on the Global Hawk

MP-TRIP Work on the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) is progressing, with the sensor and first software baseline delivered to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for integration on a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. Forthcoming flight testing conducted up to this point has been performed in Mojave, Calif., on a scaled composites test bed aircraft, known as “Proteus.” A total of 259 test flights were completed, with 1,062 hours of radar “on” time. (Read More...)

Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS)

Argus ISThe U.S. Air Force awarded BAE Systems about US$50 million contract to deliver high-resolution, wide area infra-red persistent surveillance system. BAE has been developing such a system under the Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) and Airborne Wide Area Persistent Surveillance Sensor (AWAPSS) programs, developed under other DARPA Wide Area Persistent Surveillance initiatives. (Read More...)

The New Generation of Persistent Wide Area Motion Video Surveillance (WAMI) Systems

data analysisThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is moving forward with groundbreaking programs providing the warfighter persistent, wide area coverage of large areas, enabling joint forces at tactical and operational levels cunducting ubiquitous, monitor of urban or rural areas, attempting to alert, intercept and eliminate hostile elements in a secured area, requireing minimal presence on the ground. (Read More...)

Israel Launch OFEK 9 – New Surveillance Satellite

Ofek SatelliteThe Israeli spy satellite Ofeq 9 was launched yesterday, (June 22nd 2010) from the Palmachim Air Force Base on Israel's Mediterranean coast. The new satellite is the sixth satellite in the Ofeq (Horizon in Hebrew) family of satellites, which began with the launch of the Ofeq 3 in 1995.   (Read More...)

TETRAPOL based High-Speed Mobile Network Launched by EADS

At Eurosatory 2010 EADS Defence & Security (DS) is presenting a prototype of its newest Milicor family of mobile, secure high-speed IP radio mobile network based on the TETRAPOL standard.

The new technology implements high-speed data communications over the TETRAPOL standard, supporting the transfer of voice, and high speed data communications in a temporary field of operations. According to EADS, the system infrastructure assets are designed for rapid deployment by military operators, meeting harsh field conditions, easy to deploy, maintain and integrate in vehicles. (Read more... )

IAI Introduces Tethered Hovering Surveillance Platform

E-topIsrael 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... )

Rafael Develops WiMAX Based Tactical Broadband Network

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. is introducing the TacMAX family of broadband, wireless networking systems at Eurosatory 2010. TacMax utilizes the latest commercial off the shelf (COTS) 4G WiMAX technology, redesigned and packaged for military use. The newtork supports mesh capabilities, advanced security and electronic-defense (ECCM) capabilities. Tacmax is designed for rapid deployment and agility, using mobile station subscribers mounted on military vehicles, portable, fixed or deployable sites. The system comprises base stations, relay stations and mobile stations, that can be mounted on armored tactical vehicles and command posts, delivering high quality broadband video, data and voice services on-the-move. Rapidly deployable, TacMax can support division and brigade level communications with broadband data networking, as well as providing broadband connectivity for coastal and border security networks. The system can also be used to enhance current mobile subscriber requiring ultra-high data rates. (Read more... )

RADA Introduces a New Radar for Active Protection Systems

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: RADA) will be showing at Eurosatory 2010 a new radar sensor designed specifically for Active Protection Systems (APS). The Sentinel is the first entry of RADA into the land systems' field. The development of the radar was accelerated to meet the tight development schedule of the IMI Iron Fist Active Protection System, destined for the Israeli Namer Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). The new radar was successfuly tested as part of the system-wide demonstration conducted by IMI for potential customers. (Read more...)

Elisra Introduces Manpack EJAB C-IED Jammer

Elisra will present a new man portable version of its EJAB (Electronic Jammer Against Bombs) family of Counter IED jammers at the Eurosatory 2010 show. The new jammer is designed for operation as a backpack unit, by dismounted forces, protecting dismounted patrols and bomb disposal units from radio-controlled IEDs. The system is designed for simple operation, offering programmable and customizable control of the jammer's multi-band coverage capability. EJAB can engage threats in two separate frequencies, covering all types of radio cellular bands simultaneously using a single lightweight antenna. The battery powered manpack EJAB weighs about 15Kg packing a battery lasting four hour, enabling “hot-swap” of exhausted battery with a new one without shutting down the device. The manpack shares all the performance parameters of the EJAB family including the use of sophisticated algorithms and emergency memory erase for information security.

Thales Introduce a Multi-Band, Airborne Software Radio

Thales is introducing the Multichannel, Multiband Airborne radio (MMAR), which packages two radios into an airborne-qualified Air Transport Radio (ATR)-style enclosure providing VHF-UHF communications and relay applications. The system weighs about 7 pounds and can operate in manned or unmanned aircraft. MMAR can support two independent radios or a retransmission with crossbanding configurations. The system has integrated co-site filtering, for integration with other emitters and receivers on the platform. The MMAR supports IP/VoIP applications. This Software Communications Architecture (SCA) compatible system is based on Tales' AN/PRC-148 Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Enhanced Multiband Inter/Intra Team Radio (JTRS/MBITR). As such, it allows for integration of new and evolving JTRS waveforms. The radio supports multiple modulation schemes, INFOSEC and ECCM. The company has also introduced an airborne Software Defined Radio TRA-6030N, covering the 30-600 MHz band and supporting national specific waveforms reserved by foreign nations for non-coalition operations.

A New Military IP Radio (MIPR) Launched at Eurosatory 2010

Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ELST) is introducing a new, tactical manpack software defined radio at Eurosatory 2010, extending its family of SDR radios to vehicle mounted and dismounted applications. The new backpackable software defined Military IP Radio (MIPR) weighs about four kg and is fully developed by Elbit Systems. The new tactical manpack radio transferring data at rates up to 13.3 Mbps, enables forward deployed commanders, intelligence and target acquisition elements to access wideband information networks, facilitating the transfer of live video, voice and data over IP networks. Elbit Systems' Tadiran subsidiary has been developing the Software Define Radio technology since 2005, for Israel Defense Forces and foreign military customers. (Read more... )

U.S. Army to Test Smartphones for Offices, Battlefields

The U.S. Army is considering the use of smartphones in an effort to increase effectiveness and efficiency in both the administrative and operational environments. The Army embarked on a two-phase "Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications" program, evaluating the using commercial off the shelf 'smartphones' through a number of administrative and tactical pilots. Soldiers in the Army Experiment Task Force at Fort Bliss, Texas, will be among the first who will soon test the smartphones as a part of phase one of CSDA. (Read more...)

Handheld Device Improves Situational Awareness for Dismounted Soldiers

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has developed a ruggedized, tactical handheld device computing for dismounted Soldiers. The Tactical Digital Assistant (TDA) displays situational awareness, based on 'blue force tracking' and other tactical data derived from battle command networks enhancing command and control capabilities to the brigade level and below. The TDA interfaces with both fielded U.S. Army Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) and emerging Joint Battle Command - Platform systems. (Read more... )

Northrop Grumman Tests Airborne Ka-Band Satellite Terminal

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has successfully completed flight testing of an airborne satellite communications system, to become the first airborne terminal system to be certified for connection to the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS). The flight test used the communications terminal system installed on a modified business jet aircraft to connect with a WGS via the Ka-band link. The test – which measured terminal performance including high data rates – is the second of three phases required to certify the airborne communications system for WGS operations. (Read more... )

Lockheed Martin Develops an Advanced Rifle Scope

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is developing an advanced infantry sight designated 'Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic' or DInGO, comprise of a rifle-scope fitting the standard weapon attachment, enhancing the soldiers' marksmanship capabilities. Lockheed Marting is conducting the development under a nine-month DARPA contract worth about $4 million. The system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers' ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters. DInGO will be developed initially for M-16 and M-4 rifles. (Read more... )

Meprolight, Pulse Inteco Systems Merge Their EO Systems Operations

Meprolight, an Israeli producer of weapon sights is merging with Pulse Inteco Systems, a provider of laser-based electro-optical systems for military applications. Meprolight has recently embarked on a new line of thermal weapon sights, addressing a growing demand for such products from military customers worldwide. Under the new organization, Pulse Inteco will focus on its eye-safe laser transmitters, range finders and aiming lights, sniper fire control sights, and I2 based night vision systems. The two companies are members of the Samy Katsav Group, which also controls Israel Weapons Industries (IWI), Israel Shipyards, Uniscop, Global Shield and SIO.

U.S. Army Awards $142 Million for More Aerostat Sensor Systems

Lockheed Martin received a $142 million award from the U.S. Army to commence production of additional Persistent Threat Detection Systems (PTDS) to support coalition forces. The Army began using the system in 2004. PTDS, filled with helium, provides low-cost, continuous communications and persistent surveillance capabilities not possible with other types of manned and unmanned aircraft. (Read more... )

Israeli Aerostat Optimized Payloads Operational in Afghanistan

CONTROP Precision Technology has recently delivered the SPEED-A aerostat-optimized payload to another customer, for use with persistent surveillance applications. Unlike conventional stabilized payloads where line of sight is gyro-stabilized in pitch and yaw, the Speed-A is also controlled in the roll axis, for optimal use with tactical aerostats, offsetting the tumbling motion caused by the tension on the tether. The SPEED-A has been operational with several operators in Israel and Afghanistan, in border and force protection applications, providing unsurpassed persistent surveillance performance. At Eurosatory Controp is announcing the SPEED-V, a panoramic payload designed for vehicular installation on high telescopic masts, performing surveillance on longer ranges and wider areas with full panoramic coverage.

Unattended Ground Sensors Move Into Production

Unattended Ground Sensors program has entered has entered low-rate initial production (LRIP), as part of Increment 1 of the Brigade Combat Team Modernization (BCTM) program. The manufacturer, Textron Defense Systems was cleared to move into production following the completion of 'Milestone C' review process and approval by the Defense Acquisition Board in December 2009. The company is scheduled to deliver the two types of sensors - Tactical-Unattended Ground Sensors (T-UGS) and Urban-Unattended Ground Sensors (U-UGS) during 2011. The 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Armored Division will be the first units to be equipped with the sensors for the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation process beginning in 2011. (Read more... )

Saab Develops Future Avionics System for Gripen

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) to develop an avionics system for the Swedish Armed Forces' Gripen aircraft. The order value amounts to MSEK 450, divided over 2 years. The new avionics system will include new computers and displays, will enter service in the current decade. The new avionics system will enhance Gripen's capacity to handle large quantities of complex information with different security classification levels. A new avionics system also makes it possible in the future to introduce new sensors that require altered system architecture.

Raytheon Awarded $97 Million for Miniature Air Launched Decoys

The U.S. Air Force awarded Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) $96.7 million for a third production lot of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD). Raytheon has already delivered more than 100 units to the U.S. Air Force under previous orders. The new contract adds about 300 additional decoys, nearly equal to the total of Lots I and II combined. The new deliveries will include the new MALD-Jammer configuration, following the completion of the operational test and evaluation phase, and move into low-rate initial production, expected to begin in 2011. The US Army is also interested in using an armed version the MALD called Hammer for Suppression of Air Defense (SEAD) missions. According to Scott Muse, Raytheon's MALD program director, MALD can be certified on any aircraft with a 14-inch suspension carriage. "Its modular design opens the door to numerous options beyond the stand-in-jammer, making MALD an ideal solution for the men and women in uniform." Muse added.

EADS Defence & Security Is Investing In High-End Radar Technologies

EADS Defence & Security (DS) has invested 1.5 million euros expanding its Microwave Factory (MWF) in Ulm, increasing production capacity of high-frequency modules under clean-room conditions as required for next generation radars. The current manufacturing area at the Microwave Factory has about 2,000 square meters of clean-room space. One of the goals for the expansion is to support high level production of T/R modules for the MEADS radar order, which consumes about 30,000 such modules.

Elbit Systems, Ness Technologies to Deliver an Intelligence System to the IAF

Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ELST) and Ness Technologies have formed a joint venture called NessBit, to perform an Israeli Ministry of Defense intelligence contract valued at approximately $25 million to supply an information management system for the Israeli Air Force, to be performed over the next four years. The two companies will share the project in equal amounts. "NessBit" was established in order to develop the unique technological capabilities required for such a high-profile project.

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