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AIRBUS HELICOPTERS AWARDED AUSTRALIA’S ARH TIGER SUPPORT CONTRACT EXTENSION
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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BRISBANE -- Airbus has been awarded an extension of the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger through-life support (TLS) contract by the Australian Department of Defense.

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that the five-year, TLS contract extension reflected the current standing of the Tiger in Australia.

"Airbus is committed to ensuring the success of the Australian ARH Tiger fleet, and we have worked closely with the Australian Army and our industry partners to improve the fleet‘s performance over many years," he said.

The TLS extension covering the ARH program until 2025 includes:

-- More extensive aircraft and component deeper maintenance;

-- Operational maintenance of aircraft allocated to training;

-- Aircrew and technician training including maintenance of training devices;

-- Design services including OEM design incorporation;

-- Systems and software development and testing;

-- Complete parts support including MRO, purchasing, storage and distribution;

-- Technical publications; maintenance policy; and fleet management.

"I’m proud that more than 200 full time positions will remain in Australia to carry out this very important work supporting the Army Aviation Australia-wide, including the creation of apprenticeships in Darwin," he added. "Moreover, our Airbus engineering capabilities continue to expand thanks to this contract, with key software and modifications being developed on Australian soil."

Mathewson also said that there would be a cycle of continuous improvement as Airbus continues to learn from the extensive operational experience gained by Tiger helicopters in other countries.

"This is an aircraft type that will serve on into the 2040s in the worldwide fleet. "We will endeavor to provide the best armed reconnaissance helicopter capability in Australia over the same timeframe," he said.

The two-seater ARH Tiger attack helicopter serves as a key asset for the Australian Army. Today, the fleet of 22 ARH Tiger has flown over 30,000 hours, deployed for day-and-night surveillance and fire-support missions. Globally, 181 Tigers have been delivered to Australia, France, Germany and Spain, and have accumulated over 115,000 flight hours to date. First deployed by the French Army in Afghanistan in 2009, the Tiger continues to demonstrate its essential role on theatres of operation as a highly versatile, stealthy, and maneuverable attack helicopter.

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RAFAEL WINS SPIKE ORDER FROM INDIAN ARMY
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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TEL AVIV -- The Indian Army has placed an order for 240 SPIKE anti-armor missiles and 12 launchers. This is an urgent procurement order. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd won this contract, worth tens of millions of dollars, and will deliver the missiles and launchers in the very near future.

India has long struggled to acquire a new anti-armor missile system. Previously, the Indian Army had decided to purchase thousands of SPIKE missiles. Soon a dispute broke out between the Indian Army and the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The DRDO wants the Indian Army to procure the locally designed Nag missile. Reportedly, development of Nag will not be complete for several more years.

Source:  Globes
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PERCEPTO LAUNCHES AERIAL SOLUTION FOR AUTONOMOUS SECURITY, SAFETY AND INSPECTION MISSIONS
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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CANBERRA -- Percepto has launched its all-in-one aerial solution for autonomous security, safety and inspection missions in Australia, following the completion of a series of successful live mission demonstrations in Canberra. The tests were observed in the capital by a delegation representing government, defense and industry organizations from across the country.

During the demonstration, Percepto conducted missions to highlight how its autonomous ‘Sparrow’ drones can deliver value across a diverse range of industrial and enterprise applications in sectors including mining, oil and gas, renewable energy, utilities, port and sea terminals. The Percepto Solution delivers fully autonomous real-time human/vehicle detection and tracking, thermal inspection, gas/oil leak detection, 2D mapping, 3D modelling as well as fence and property patrols, all achieved without a need for a pilot or on-site operator.

Percepto is a recipient of the Frost & Sullivan Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award. Its cost-effective autonomous drones are equipped with high-definition and thermal cameras to enable day and night operation and can perform in hostile weather conditions including rain, snow and dust. When deployed in-the-field they take-off on-demand or at scheduled times and navigate pre-defined routes. Once the mission has been completed the Sparrow returns to its base station - a highly secure enclosed weather-proof box - where automated post flight checks and fast battery charging are completed, ensuring the drone is primed for the next flight. The system is controlled through Percepto’s cloud management system and it is also the only ‘drone-in-a-box’ solution that is powered by computer vision and AI, and provides communications over LTE. The Percepto demonstration coincides with the announcement of Google’s first commercial drone delivery service, that was also launched in the Australian capital in April and highlights the progressive approach of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Australia, regarding drone usage. CEO of Percepto, Dor Abuahsira states: "With Australia already breaking new ground in the adoption and application of commercial drones, we are excited that our market leading technology is now widely available here. We look forward to working closely with our partners, industry and enterprises across Australia, to discover new and innovative ways the Percepto Solution can be deployed."

Source:  Percepto
Associated URL: percepto.co

 

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