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SCHIEBEL CAMCOPTER S-100 HEADING TOWARDS MANNED-UNMANNED TEAMING (MUM-T) OPERATIONS
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Camcopter S-100

Source: Schiebel Aircraft


Camcopter S-100

Source: Schiebel Aircraft


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VIENNA - Schiebel and Patria have been working together to integrate Patria’s sophisticated Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) communication network onto the Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS).

The two European companies’ joint effort is the first step of an ongoing program of work examining how the Camcopter S-100 can be deployed to directly support manned helicopter operations.

Patria’s CANDL provides a solid backbone to explore the benefits of Manned-UnManned Teaming (MUM-T) operations, where the combined strengths of each air asset can be optimized to increase overall situational awareness and enhance decision making.

As Schiebel’s Chief Technical Officer Chris Day points out, "using the unmanned element of a MUM-T operation to provide both the forward and higher altitude view will help to keep pilots and the manned assets safe as well as improve overall mission effectiveness."

Source:  Schiebel
Associated URL: schiebel.net
Source Date: March 30, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
HERMES 450 PERFORMS 16,800 FLIGHT HOURS
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Source: Israeli Air Force


Source: Israeli Air Force


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TEL AVIV - The Hermes 450 UAV division performs the most flight hours in the IAF. In the first six months of 2016, the Hermes 450 division clocked in 16,807 flight hours. The division, which operates from Palmahim AFB, performs the most flight hours of all IAF divisions. The small aircraft operates around the clock.

According to Lt. Col. Daniel, a UAV Squadron Commander, the Hermes 450 division is central part of the IAF's UAV division. "It combines excellent technological capabilities with low costs," Daniel said. "It's a simple aircraft with great operational benefit." Maj. Liran, deputy Commander of the Squadron said "The division stands out with a large number of aircraft, so we can provide a large number of centers and assist multiple elements at once."

The aircraft cooperates with almost every other IAF aircraft. Its cooperation with the fighter division focuses on quick closure. It flies over enemy territory, identifies targets and contacts the attack aircraft.

"The aircraft can direct the fighter to the target without it wasting time on understanding the mission," explained Liran. "The operators see the target, analyze the data and communicate it to the attacker. This allows us to assist with a much higher pace of work.".

After the attack, the Hermes 450 can perform a damage assessment with its cameras in order to confirm results. The UAVs also assist attack helicopters with closure and the two divisions maintain significant cooperation in the air support mission.

The Division's slogan can't be missed in the squadron's briefing room: "To be a decisive factor in the next war." In the past years, the division has implemented the slogan and made the UAV one of the most important aircraft in the IAF, a fact clearly expressed in the division’s close cooperation with various IAF aircraft and divisions.

"The division is involved in most of the IAF's missions and is everywhere, from the most important to the most dangerous and unique. Without us, those missions would be impossible to perform," said Liran. A short look at the division's performance in Operation "Protective Edge," confirms this statement: 18,000 flight hours and 75 percent of all of the IAF's UAV and reconnaissance activity was credited to the Hermes 450. Throughout the operation, the squadron was able to assign an aircraft to each maneuvering brigade in order to assist them perform their missions.

Source:  Israeli Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.iaf.org.il/4458-49105-en/IAF.aspx
Source Date: March 29, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
AM GENERAL AND U.S. ARMY PARTNER ON AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Source: AM General


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TROY, Mich. - AM General and the U.S. Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) announced a new partnership to develop and demonstrate an autonomous driving vehicle that may revolutionize how soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, along with equipment and supplies, are transported inside U.S. military facilities.

Under the Applied Robotics for Installations and Base Operations initiative (ARIBO), AM General and TARDEC are currently developing an autonomous vehicle, with demonstrations expected to begin this Spring at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

The ARIBO program allows current civilian robotics technology to be examined in vehicles in a semi-controlled environment such as military bases like West Point which have restricted roads, predefined routes and restrictive operations for favorable conditions. The program's aim is to advance the state of military robotics while simultaneously addressing U.S. military base needs by creating reliable military robotic technology and reducing operational and personnel costs.

"The American-made AM General vehicle is ideally suited for this initiative which will demonstrate the ability to augment the Academy's existing transportation system, which consists of a 24/7 shuttle service transporting cadets and other military personnel to/or from the Academy hospital," said AM General Executive Vice President, Kevin Rahrig. "Imagine what having a fully autonomous wheelchair accessible vehicle would mean to individuals with disabilities. This partnership with the Army could be the first step in transforming transportation for millions of people."

During testing, the autonomous program at West Point will examine:

-- Vehicle safety, performance and reliability

-- Acceptance of robotic technologies by government users and non-users

-- Time and money savings

-- Energy efficiency

-- Navigation and mapping ability

"The West Point demonstration uses AM General's vehicle to not only demonstrate an autonomy kit, but to highlight the idea of robotics for military and civilian use," said Alex Jimenez, project leader for TARDEC's ARIBO program. "The best robotic systems in the world will not find traction until users are comfortable with the systems. West Point is a prime location to address the acceptance aspect of robotics by having future Army leaders see and experience these robotics first hand."

Source:  AM General
Source Date: March 29, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 

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