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SAFRAN’S EUROFLIR 610 OPTRONIC OBSERVATION SYSTEM CHOSEN FOR EURODRONE
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Eurodrone

.Source: Airbus


Eurodrone

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PARIS - Safran Electronics & Defense has signed a contract with Leonardo to develop and supply the Euroflir 610 high-performance airborne electro-optical (optronic) system for the Eurodrone program.

Derived from the Euroflir 410 architecture, the Euroflir 610 is a 25-inch airborne optronic system that is vital for the European MALE UAV’s ISTAR missions (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance). The Euroflir 610 will provide unparalleled observation and target designation performance at any time of day or night and in severely degraded weather conditions, thanks to its multispectral telescope, line-of-sight stabilization and precise target geolocation.

The program led by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) will provide 20 systems representing over 60 MALE RPAS aircraft for France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The start of the first Eurodrone prototype manufacturing with the Euroflir 610 is planned for 2024.

Source:  www.safran-group.com/pressroom/safran-s-euroflir-610-optronic-observation-system-chosen-european-male-rpas-2022-11-21

 
BAE SYSTEMS DEMONSTRATES THE EFFECTIVENESS OF APKWS AGAINST AGILE, HIGH-SPEED MILITARY DRONES
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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APKWS guidance kits take out drones

.Source: BAE Systems


APKWS guidance kits take out drones

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HUDSON, N.H.-- BAE Systems completed additional ground-to-air test firings to prove the effectiveness of 70mm rockets guided by APKWS guidance kits against Class-2 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that weigh roughly 25-50 pounds and can travel at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

During the demonstration in Southern Arizona, five APKWS-guided counter-UAS rockets were fired from a containerized weapon system and destroyed all targets, including fast-moving drones. The test results further demonstrate APKWS guidance kits’ ability to enable low-cost, precision strikes against airborne threats.

The 70mm rockets can destroy Class-2 aerial drones by combining standard motors and warheads with APKWS guidance kits and proven proximity/point-detonation fuzes. The resulting precision munition is a low-cost, supersonic, lock-on-after-launch strike weapon with a large 10-pound warhead that can destroy large drones in a matter of seconds with or without direct contact.

Combat-proven APKWS-guided rockets are highly effective against a variety of soft and armored stationary and moving targets. They can be fired by many different platforms, including jets, helicopters, trucks, boats, and weapon stations, and stowed APKWS guidance kits protect seeker optics from adjacent rocket fire, unlike nose-mounted seeker optics. APKWS guidance kits are the only U.S. government program of record for 70mm laser-guided rockets. The kits are available to all U.S. armed forces, as well as U.S. allies via Foreign Military Sales.

APKWS guidance kits are produced at BAE Systems manufacturing facilities in Hudson, New Hampshire and Austin, Texas.

Source:  www.baesystems.com/apkws

 
KAI TO DEVELOP HELICOPTER LAUNCHED MUM-T UAV
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Helicopter Launched Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system

.Source: Korea Aerospace Industries


Helicopter Launched Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system

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SEOUL -- Korea Aerospace Industries Co., Ltd. (KAI) recently signed an agreement with the Defense Technology Promotion Research Institute (Ki-yeon) in Jinju to develop "manned and unmanned autonomous cooperation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems."

The agreement will focus on developing a mission performance system for manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) of small armed helicopters; real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology; and implementation of manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology.

The program will begin in 2023.

Source:  www.koreaaero.com/KO/MediaCenter/NewsRoomView.aspx?NewsPid=4661

 

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