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Litening Targeting Pod - the Fourth Generation

Northrop Grumman is developing a fourth generation enhancement to its LITENING AT precision targeting and sensor system. Currently in development, the new version will feature an advanced 1024 x 1024 pixels FLIR sensor for improved target detection and recognition ranges under day/night conditions; a 1k daylight (CCD) sensor for improved performance under daylight conditions, a two-way data link and other networking capabilities to enable improved communications between ground-based and airborne forces; new sensors, including laser based "combat-ID" for improved target identification (ID); and other advanced target recognition and identification features.

ImSAR and InSitu introduce a new NanoSAR radar

ImSAR and Insitu are introducing a micro SAR radar, weighing only one pound. The NanoSAR system will introduce all-weather reconnaissance and geolocation capabilities with small unmanned systems, such as InSitu's newly enhanced ScanEagle. The new SAR operates on the X band, mapping an area in "stripmap" mode at a range of one kilometer, with 35cm resolution (14x14"). The system will support broad area reconnaissance and Search and rescue operations in its basic configuration and offer optional expansions including Geolocation mode, cueing GPS guided munitions, and automatic detection of ground targets, utilizing Ground Motion Target Indication (GMTI) functions.

FreeWave Introduces Spraed-Spectrum Radio for UAVs

FreeWave Technologies is introducing a new, board-level, wireless spread spectrum radio designed specifically for military applications including UAVs. Operating at the frequencies spectrum between 2.372 to 2.4 GHz, the IM-E500 spread-spectrum radio has a range of up to 20 miles, extendable with built-in repeater. The radio supports an effective (true) throughput of 115.2 Kbps.


GD Receives Contracts for M-1 Urban Warfare Upgrades

General Dynamics Land Systems received a US Army order for 505 Tank Urban Survivability Kits (TUSK) for Abrams main battle tanks supporting operations in Iraq, under a US$45 million contract. Under a different order, the US Army awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GDATP) US$30 million to produce reactive armor kits to equip M-1A2.

Indian Arjun Tank Announced "Ready"

The Indian Ministry of Defense announced the indigenous Arjun Main Battle Tank as "ready". The project was launched in May 1974 and completed development after 21 years. The MOD ordered the production of 124 tanks in March 2000. These tanks are currently in production at the government's Heavy Vehicles Factory, in Avadi. In parallel to the Arjun program, the EX-Tank project is underway at the Defence Research and Development Organistion (DRDO), demonstrating possible upgrades of T-72 tanks, with a modular turret as a proactive step, technologies first experimented with Arjun.

New simulators improving Tank Crew Proficiency

New simulator programs recently announced by several programs mark the continued deployment of simulation systems with land forces worldwide. New programs are fielded with the German and Swiss Armies, Thai land forces and Australian Armored Corps.

C-130 Simulator Augments U.S. Forces C-130 Modernization

Boeing will modify the C-130 Aircrew Training System to support the C-130 Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). The $56.3 million contract covers the modification of the lead C-130 AMP scheduled for delivry by 2009. The work will be performed by a team consisting of Boeing, CAE and Lockheed Martin. AMP modernization will focus on replacement of the old "round dial" instruments with state-of-the-art "glass cockpit" displays, including a heads-up display (HUD). AMP will bring the C-130 into compliance with current navigation and safety requirements, standardize the avionics across the C-130 fleet, improving reliability, and eliminating the requirement for a navigator in most of the aircraft.

Previous newscasts: August 16, 2006, August 17, 2006,
August 21, 2006, August 22, 2006







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