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SWIMMERS IN TROUBLE RECEIVE HELP FROM UAV
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Stella X1000 UAV

Source: Westpac Group


Stella X1000 UAV

Source: Westpac Group


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CANBERRA -- Two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia received help from an unmanned air vehicle (UAV). The UAV spotted the swimmers about a half-a-mile out from shore and then dropped a flotation device.

The UAV is engaged in a pilot project to test its viability. When the call came of swimmers in trouble, the UAV happened to be in the air and nearby and able to respond.

Source:  Tech Crunch
Associated URL: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/18/drone-comes-to-the-rescue-of-two-swimmers-in-australia/
Source Date: January 18, 2018
Author: Darrell Etherington 
Posted: 01/18/2018

 
 
ORBITAL ATK DEMOS COUNTER UAS TECHNOLOGIES
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Source: US Army


Source: US Army


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WASHINGTON -- Orbital ATK recently participated in the Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. The event allowed soldiers to use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technologies during a series of demonstrations to provide feedback on how these systems performed and could potentially help fill capability gaps for short range air defense.

Orbital ATK demonstrated its ability to combine both electronic and kinetic attack through its AUDS (anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system) which detects, tracks, identifies and defeats drones, and also brings a kinetic element through the integration of the company’s XM914 30mm Bushmaster Chain Gun mounted to the Stryker combat vehicle platform. The gun system also provides the vehicle crew with the firepower needed to defend against ground threats. The combined weapon can work together or independently.

"The ability to insert proven technologies is the key to shortening acquisition time and providing soldiers with the equipment they need today," said Dan Olson, Vice President and General Manager for Orbital ATK’s Armament Systems Division. "Exercises and demonstrations such as MFIX provide the Army and industry the ability to understand how we can work together to focus our efforts to quickly deliver next generation technologies."

The AUDS system is modular, meaning that pieces of it can be tailored for use on different platforms types depending on mission requirements or, it can be installed at a fixed site position to provide C-UAS defense for a facility or operating base.

Earlier this year, Orbital ATK was awarded an $8.5 million contract from the Program Directorate Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (PD C-RAM), Program Executive Office Missiles and Space, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, to integrate AUDS onto a mobile-anti-UAV defense system.

Orbital ATK also demonstrated how a soldier, armed with its shoulder-fired XM25 airburst weapon system can down a malicious drone. Originally designed to provide soldiers with an ability to defeat targets in defilade positions, the XM25’s fire control system and 25mm airbursting ammunition have proven during MFIX and demonstrations conducted by Orbital ATK, that C-UAS is a natural additional capability the system provides.

Source:  Orbital ATK
Source Date: January 17, 2018
Posted: 01/18/2018

 
 
MASTERS OF ARTILLERY FIRE PRELIMINARIES KICK OFF IN WESTERN MD
Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Source: Russia MoD


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MOSCOW -- The Masters of Artillery Fire 2018 first preliminaries are underway at several training grounds in Moscow, Leningrad, Belgorod, Kaliningrad and Bryansk regions. It is the first time the competition is being held among mortar platoons. Previously, only mortar crews participated in the contest.

In course of the preliminary stage, artillery servicemen will fire the 120mm Sani mortars, meet standards in tactical, technical, special, reconnaissance and physical training.

The troops are to eliminate three non-armored targets at a distance of up to 1,500m without pretraining. Only map, compass, binoculars and a radio station can be used for communication and navigation.

The referees will operate UAVs to control target engagement. The best mortar units will qualify for the second stage in combined arms formations of the Western MD.

In total, the first preliminaries of the Masters of Artillery involve more than 100 mortar units of the Western MD.

Source:  Russia MoD
Associated URL: eng.mil.ru
Source Date: January 18, 2018
Posted: 01/18/2018

 

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