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U.S. NAVY EXPLORES HIGH-ALTITUDE ASW TECHNOLOGY USING THE BOEING P-8A POSEIDON AIRCRAFT
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Source: U.S. Naval Air Systems Command


Boeing P-8A Poseidon

Source: U.S. Naval Air Systems Command


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The U.S. Navy's ASW Systems Development program conducts studies and analyses toward better performance of the anti-submarine mission hosted by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol/ASW aircraft platform. The purpose of these studies is to explore technologies that may lead to additional high-altitude ASW capabilities. This program is expected to see some minor fluctuations in funding, but overall, funding will be stable.

The P-8A program continues to hum along. The U.S. Navy, the primary customer for the aircraft, currently has a program requirement for 117 P-8As. The U.S. Navy procured a total of 101 production aircraft through FY18. We expect the service to procure the remaining 16 aircraft during FY18-FY20. With production following procurement by about two years, Boeing is forecast to deliver the last Navy P-8A in 2022.

Source:  Forecast International
Associated URL: http://www.forecastinternational.com
Source Date: January 15, 2019
Author: R. Sterk, ASW 
Posted: 01/15/2019

 
 
SPYNEL 360° PANORAMIC CAMERA ENSURES AIRPORT SAFETY AGAINST DRONE FLYOVERS
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Source: HGH Infrared Systems


Source: HGH Infrared Systems


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IGNY, France -- The recent incident at London Gatwick airport caused major travel disruption for more than a day after drones were spotted flying over this sensitive area. This incident once again highlighted the need for anti-drone technologies to address this evolving threat and secure the safety of flight. Following the episode, the US Federal Aviation Administration was instructed to develop a strategy to allow wider use of counter-drone technologies across airports. Detecting drones and any UAV threat is a real challenge for many reasons. HGH Infrared Systems with its family of renowned SPYNEL thermal sensors offers a unique set of solutions to address this evolving threat and ensure true, real-time airport security. In these times of heightened UAV threats, the SPYNEL IR imaging camera provides an innovative solution which guarantees the ability to detect, track and classify any types of drones.

Whereas the drone technology is constantly evolving, bringing on the market many different types of drones including fixed wing, multi rotor drones, drones with GPS, autopilot and camera, autonomous drones emitting low or no electromagnetic signature, the SPYNEL thermal imaging technology, makes it impossible for a UAV to go unnoticed: any object, hot or cold will be detected by the 360° thermal sensor, day and night. Driven by the CYCLOPE intrusion detection software, the panoramic thermal imaging system tracks an unlimited number of targets to ensure that no event is missed over a long-range, wide area surrounding. SPYNEL is thus fully adapted to multi-target airborne threats like UAV swarming. SPYNEL is a versatile, multi-function sensor with a large field of view enabling real-time surveillance of both airborne and terrestrial threats at the same time.

The CYCLOPE automatic detection software provides advanced features to monitor and analyse the 360° high resolution images captured by SPYNEL sensors. The ADS-B plugin enables aerial target identification and the aircraft ADS-B data can be fused with thermal tracks to differentiate an airplane from a drone. With the forensics analysis offering a timeline, sequence storage and playback possibilities, it is also possible to go back in time to analyse the behaviour of the threat since its first apparition on the CYCLOPE interface. Moreover, the latest CYCLOPE feature makes 3D passive detection by triangulation available when using several SPYNEL sensors at the same time. The feature consists in analyzing the distance and the altitude of multiple targets, creating a kind of "protective bubble" around the airport.

Edouard Campana, Sales Director at HGH Infrared Systems, said: « Spynel 360° panoramic thermal camera and its Cyclope software are frequently used against drones to ensure the security of national and international events, critical infrastructures, airport and more. The real-time visualization and detection of multiple targets makes it a unique sensor for ultimate situational awareness. This solution is rapidly deployable and offers HD playback capabilities, very useful for events clarification."

A key advantage of the SPYNEL detection system for airport applications is that it is a fully passive technology, meaning it will not be a source of disturbance in the electromagnetic environment of the airport, unlike radars. Indeed, a concern often raised by air-safety regulators is that anti-drone systems designed to jam radio communications could interfere with legitimate airport equipment.

Part of the complete surveillance equipment of an airport, the SPYNEL thermal imaging sensor is the must have security equipment for such a high-risk infrastructure, operating with complementary detection sensors. Military facilities, correctional institutions, stadiums and other critical infrastructures have already chosen to integrate the SPYNEL sensor with their other security and facility systems, such as radars, PTZ cameras, Video Management System and more. SPYNEL can also be rapidly deployed as a standalone solution for temporary surveillance, to face urgent cases. With its 24/7 and panoramic area surveillance capabilities, the SPYNEL thermal camera provides an early warning and an opportunity for rapid and accurate detection over large areas, to support proactive decisions.

Source:  HGH Infrared Systems
Associated URL: https://www.hgh-infrared.com/News/Press-Releases/Spynel-360-Panoramic-Camera-ensures-Airport-Safety-against-drone-flyovers
Source Date: January 15, 2019
Posted: 01/15/2019

 
 
AIRBUS WINS DARPA CONTRACT TO DEVELOP BUS FOR BLACKJACK PROGRAM
Monday, January 14, 2019
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Source: OneWeb


Source: OneWeb


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HERNDON, Va. -- Airbus Defense and Space Inc. has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a satellite bus in support of the Blackjack program. DARPA describes the Blackjack program as an architecture demonstration intending to show the military utility of global low-earth orbit constellations and mesh networks of lower size, weight and cost. DARPA wants to buy commercial satellite buses and pair them with military sensors and payloads. The bus drives each satellite by generating power, controlling attitude, providing propulsion, transmitting spacecraft telemetry, and providing general payload accommodation including mounting locations for the military sensors. This contract positions Airbus Defense and Space, Inc., of Herndon, Va., and its strategic joint venture partner, OneWeb Satellites, of Exploration Park, Fl., as the ideal service providers for Blackjack. High production rates and design-to-cost management techniques enable OneWeb Satellites to offer low cost constellation solutions for the U.S. government and current customers. Constellations of inexpensive satellites permit wide scale disaggregated architectures enhancing survivability across many different mission areas. OneWeb Satellites is pioneering new value propositions in space. They are leading the design and manufacturing of ultra-high performing satellites at high-volumes. OneWeb Satellites brings to bear capabilities which dramatically lower the cost and shorten acquisition timelines for customers thanks to a modular design and agile serial production of satellites. The OneWeb Satellites satellite manufacturing facility in Florida is the latest step in Airbus’ continued and long-standing commitment to growth in U.S. manufacturing, job creation and investment. This facility, which will ultimately support thousands of jobs and follows the opening of our U.S. Manufacturing Facility for A320 aircraft in Mobile, Alabama, from which we delivered our first aircraft in 2016. An A220 assembly line on the same site in Alabama will break ground in January of 2019. With our extensive network of U.S. suppliers, Airbus is the largest consumer of U.S. aerospace and defense goods in the world - buying more than any other company or even country. Airbus invested $16.5 billion with U.S. companies in 2017, supporting 275,000 American jobs.

Source:  Airbus
Associated URL: www.airbus.com
Source Date: January 14, 2019
Posted: 01/15/2019

 

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