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HOLLOMAN AFB FLIES TOWARD FUTURE
Monday, July 24, 2017
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Inside new Block 30 ground control station at Holloman AFB

Source: US Air Force


Inside new Block 30 ground control station at Holloman AFB

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HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - The United States Air Force provides day and night support to troops all around the world, and Holloman Air Force Base’s remotely piloted aircraft training mission is at the forefront.

"We are making the transition from the Block 1 MQ-9 Reaper and Block 15 Ground Control Station to the Block 5 MQ-9 Reaper and the Block 30 GCS," said Lt. Col. Alfred Rosales, 6th Attack Squadron commander. "Quite frankly it is a step in the right direction toward the innovation piece that the RPA community has been founded on."

Holloman's step forward with introducing an upgraded Block 5 and Block 30 to its training arsenal represents a constant strive for innovation.

"We are at the cutting edge of technology when it comes to the MQ-9," said Staff Sgt. Anthony, 6th Attack Squadron sensor operator.

The introduction of the Block 5 and Block 30 technology onto the battlefield June 23, 2017, called for an update to the Air Force’s RPA training program.

"The goal is to make the transition not so shocking when you go to a unit with these technologies," said Rosales. "We do not want this transition to be a big jump when you go from a schoolhouse like this to the Combat Air Forces."

The previous Block 1 MQ-9 and Block 15 GCS have been replaced with greater software and camera capabilities by their newer counterparts.

"The Block 5 is different on the sensor side because they now have high definition video," said Maj. Jay, MQ-9 pilot with the 6th Attack Squadron. "On the pilot's side, the aircraft now has a generator and alternator that charges the batteries in flight which we previously did not have."

Along with a more advanced camera and electrical system, the Block 5 and Block 30 are accompanied with an advanced communications systems, and streamlined payload capabilities.

"The Block 30 GCS has been made better for the crew, improving resource management and how we communicate with each other," said Rosales. "We even upgraded the positions of where our radio antenna are, they are now on the wings as opposed to the fuselage."

Improvements made for the Block 5 and Block 30 were influenced by needs of military members.

"Those weren't just requests from our RPA warfighters but also the guys on the ground saying they would like to have stronger communication links with the radios," said Rosales. "We went back to the drawing board and looked at the ways we could fix it."

Technology enhances every day, and the Air Force has made part of its job to always improve. Providing new and better capabilities is inherent to that mission, making the upgrades to Holloman's MQ-9s paramount.

"The Air force is always getting better," said Jay. "Its implementation and evolution in technology in the RPA community is just another step in that direction. It is all about providing value to our Airmen downrange and making the RPA enterprise more beneficial as a whole."

Source:  U.S. Air Force
Associated URL: http://www.holloman.af.mil/Article-Display/Article/1256396/holloman-flies-toward
Source Date: July 24, 2017
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
READY RAILGUN: ELECTROMAGNETIC WEAPON PRIMED FOR OPERATIONAL DEMOS
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. - At the recent Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced that the Navy’s electromagnetic railgun is out of the laboratory and ready for field demonstrations at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division’s new railgun Rep-Rate Test Site at Terminal Range.

Initial rep-rate fires (repetition rate of fires) of multi-shot salvos already have been successfully conducted at low muzzle energy. The next test sequence calls for safely increasing launch energy, firing rates and salvo size. Railgun rep-rate testing will be at 20 megajoules by the end of the summer and at 32 megajoules by next year. To put this in perspective, one megajoule is the equivalent of a one-ton vehicle moving at 160 miles per hour.

"Railguns and other directed-energy weapons are the future of maritime superiority," said Dr. Thomas Beutner, head of ONR's Naval Air Warfare and Weapons Department. "The U.S. Navy must be the first to field this leap-ahead technology and maintain the advantage over our adversaries."

The revolutionary railgun relies on a massive electrical pulse, rather than gunpowder or other chemical propellants, to launch projectiles at distances over 100 nautical miles-and at speeds that exceed Mach 6, or six times the speed of sound. That velocity allows projectiles to rely on kinetic energy for maximum effect, and reduces the amount of high explosives needed on ships.

The railgun shoots the high-velocity projectile (HVP), a next-generation, low-drag, guided projectile that can be used in different gun systems. With its increased velocity, precision guidance and extended range, the railgun realizes the full range of the HVP’s scalable lethality. Together, both technologies will enable naval forces to address threats in the mission areas of surface fire support, anti-air and anti-surface warfare.

The Navy currently is developing and testing railgun barrels capable of firing many rounds per minute with a tactically relevant barrel life-as well as the associated power and auxiliary systems needed to make that possible. In addition, the weapon’s power system now is small enough to fit aboard current and future U.S. Navy ships. These products, when matured, will create much more capable warships.

The railgun is expected to be very cost-effective, while adding offensive and defensive depth. Compared to traditional guns on Navy ships, the railgun offers greater range, higher velocity and a deeper magazine.

"The railgun will be an effective deterrent against growing and increasingly complex threats," said Beutner. "Its power level surpasses traditional gun technology, and it reduces explosive ship-board risks to Sailors and Marines at sea."

Source:  Office of Naval Research
Associated URL: onr.navy.mil
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Author: Warren Duffie Jr., ONR 
Posted: 07/26/2017

 
 
U.S. WORKS ON IMPROVING THE GLOBAL ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM INFORMATION SYSTEM (GEMSIS)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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U.S. Joint Spectrum Center (JSC)

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U.S. Joint Spectrum Center (JSC)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. - The Joint Spectrum Center (JSC), which is a division of Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), designs, develops, and maintains U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) automated spectrum management systems, evaluation tools, and databases. The databases are the prime sources of information for DoD use of the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum. The JSC provides technical measurement and analysis in support of DoD spectrum policy decisions to ensure the development, acquisition, and operational deployment of systems are compatible with other spectrum dependent systems operating within the same EM environment (EME).

Additional efforts focus on improving future warfighter EM spectrum utilization through technological innovation, and influencing research and development emerging technology efforts. Improved spectrum support includes the Global Electromagnetic Spectrum Information System (GEMSIS), a net centric capability that will provide commanders with an increased common picture of spectrum situational awareness of friendly and hostile forces while transparently deconflicting competing mission requirements for spectrum use. This capability will enable the transformation from the current preplanned and static assignment strategy into autonomous and adaptive spectrum operations.

Both the defense and civil preparedness sectors and the commercial sector continue to demand additional bandwidth. However, neither Congress nor the DoD seem to be taking this demand seriously, as funding for the JSC is continuously cut in favor of higher priority programs. Funding for the Joint Spectrum Center is expected to decline over the next few years as current projects wrap up. Starting in 2019, however, funding will likely start to increase again as new advancements come into play and development.

Source:  Forecast International.
Associated URL: http://wwwforecastinterntional.vom
Source Date: July 25, 2017
Author: U.S. JCS 
Posted: 07/25/2017

 

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