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Elbit System's Silver Marlin  Autonomous Surface Vessel will be operatingle at ranges of 500 km.

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Northrop Grumman forms a second team for DARPA's  Underwater Express program.

iRobot Gets More funding for Warrior


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General Dynamics, Armor Holdings to Produce Cougars

Responding to the growing demand for its armored vehicles, Force Protection reached an agreement with General Dynamics Land Systems and Armor Holdings, to partner in the production of its Cougar medium mine-protected vehicle. Force Protection will be prime contractor under the agreement, with GDLS and Armor Holdings as subcontractor. Vehicles will be produced at GDLS' Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, where vehicle's structures will be fabricated, while automotive integration and final assembly will be at Armor Holdings' facility at Sealy, Texas. Last week Force Protection delivered the first round of Cougar Mastiff Patrol Protected vehicles (Mastiff PPV) to the British Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Elbit Systems Unveil an Autonomous USV

Elbit Systems unveiled today a new autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) called Silver Marlin. The new vessel is capable of autonomous extended operations of up to 36 hours, beyond the horizon, at ranges up to 500 km. It can be equipped with various mission specific payloads, including electro-optical payloads and stabilized weapon stations. Typical applications are Force Protection/Anti-Terror, Mine Warfare and Search and Rescue. The Israeli Navy has already evaluated USVs provided by RAFAEL and Aeronautics, and is also expected to test the Silver Marlin, since no procurement decisions have been made yet.

US Air Force / Boeing Launch CV-22 PBL Support Program

Boeing and Bell Helicopter are launching performance-based logistics support (PBL) program for the CV-22 Osprey aircraft, at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The program will support the nine CV-22s operated by the Air Force. Five aircraft will be assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, and the remaining four already are assigned to the 71st Special Operations Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. CV-22 is the Air Force version of the V-22 Osprey.

India to get Sea-King Helicopters from US Navy Surplus

The Indian Navy will receive six Sikorsky Sea-king helicopters, as part of the package deal for the purchase of the Landing Ship Tank USS Trenton. The helicopters will be used for search and rescue missions and will be delivered along with the Trenton by February 2007.

Northrop Grumman Boards DARPA's Underwater Express

Northrop Grumman is leading another R&D team under DARPA's Underwater Express program, exploring the application of supercavitation technology for high-speed underwater transport. Supercavitation creates a gas cavity between the vehicle surface and the water, thereby reducing drag and increasing vehicle speed. The program's ultimate goal is a new class of underwater craft for littoral missions that can transport small groups of Navy personnel or specialized military cargo at speeds up to 100 knots. The entire three phase program value is expected to be $45.8 million. Under the current 13 month phase Phase 1 Northrop Grumman and its teammate Pennsylvania State University's Applied Research Laboratory will establish the technology basis for supercavitation transport through a series of testing and modeling activities, and produce a concept design for an underwater demonstrator vehicle. A follow-on 15 months phase 2 would include continued research into detailed design of the demonstrator vehicle and, which will be built in Phase 3. Last week General Dynamics Electric Boat Company has already been awarded with R&D contracts for the program.

Patented Air-Hybrid Could Augment Aircraft, UAV Propulsion

The Scuderi Group announced it has secured patents for the world’s first air-hybrid internal combustion airplane engine, which will significantly increase the fuel efficiency of today’s propeller-styled airplanes and UAVs. The engine takes advantage of Scuderi’s split-cycle technology that recaptures and stores energy in the form of compressed air. Unlike conventional airplane prop engines, the Scuderi Engine produces compressed air during its normal operation. By adding a small air storage tank with some simple controls the Air Hybrid Airplane Engine can recapture energy normally lost during cruising and deacceleration at landings. The engine’s external charging capability gives the airplane more runway flexibility, providing a boost of power for shorter take offs. The inherent supercharging can also increase the range and altitude of the aircraft, ultimately providing longer cruising distances. Because of the extremely lighter weight and internal supercharging system, the Scuderi Air-Hybrid Airplane Engine is also ideal for unmanned aircrafts, providing the ability to fly faster, higher and farther to destinations that are normally impossible to reach. The first air-hybrid engine prototypes are expected to be completed in 2007. Scuderi plans to license the technology to qualified engine manufacturers.

U.S. Army Plans a new Radar Payload for UAVs

The U.S. Army is planning to develop an airborne radar system which will be able to detect and locate concealed targets. The radar will be configured as a payload carried by a UAV such as the Predator B. It will be designed to detect vehicle type targets concealed in foliage, suspicious cavities, which could be used for used for weapon caches in building or underground or explosive charges buried at roadsides. TRACER will able to provide long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment & deception (CC&D) conditions, and support wide area mapping in complex environments. The system will process raw radar data on-board in near real-time processing change detection and possibly orthorectification to provide accurate geo-location of targets. The TRACER ground station element will provide the target reports, with appropriate time-tag, geolocation and other information. TRACER systems are expected to be demonstrated and matured within 30 months.

iRobot Gets More funding for Warrior

The U.S. government’s Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) is increasing development funding for the iRobot Warrior. The group added US$1.6 million for development, training and field testing of the heavy robot. Warrior is expected to be ready for deployment in 2008. A rugged, 250-pound robot, Warrior is a multi-mission platform with a ground speed of 12 mph and a heavy lift-carrying capacity. The robot can pick up a 95-pound artillery shell and carry it over rough terrain, or run supplies and ammunition to soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.




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