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INDIA CONDUCTS AIR DEFENSE MISSILE EXERCISE
Friday, December 14, 2018
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Akash missile was launched during exercise

Source: DRDO


Akash missile was launched during exercise

Source: DRDO


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AMARAVATI - India has completed its 'CROSSBOW-18' exercise. This drill took place at the Suryalanka Air Force Station in Andhra Pradesh. The 11-day exercise included various surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems like the Akash, SPYDER, OSA-AK-M and IGLA. Live firing of these missiles took place against maneuvering aerial targets.

Source:  NDTV
Associated URL: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/air-force-successfully-conducts-11-day-crossbow-18-exercise-in-andhra-1962357
Source Date: December 14, 2018
Posted: 12/14/2018

 
 
AUSTRALIA'S NEW SUBMARINES DUBBED ATTACK CLASS
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Source: Royal Australian Navy


Source: Royal Australian Navy


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CANNBERRA -- Australia’s new future submarines will be known as the Attack class. Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the first submarine will be called HMAS Attack and will be delivered to the Navy in the early 2030s. Pyne was on hand for a ground breaking ceremony at the site of the Future Submarine Construction Yard at Osborne in South Australia.

"The Attack class represents the inherent stealth, long-range endurance and lethality of a submarine," said Minister Pyne.

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, said the Attack class will provide Australia with a regionally superior submarine.

"The Attack class will meet the Navy’s capability needs and help protect our security and prosperity for decades to come," said Vice Admiral Noonan

"I can also announce the negotiations between the Commonwealth and Naval Group on all key provisions of the Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) have been completed," Minister Pyne said.

The SPA will be signed in early 2019 and will govern the delivery of the Attack class over the decades to come.

"Work on the design of the Attack class will continue without interruption under the Design and Mobilization Contract which was signed on 30 September 2016."

The full range of other activities required to deliver this major program, including the development of the submarine construction yard, and the ongoing engagement of Australian industry to achieve Australian sovereignty, are also continuing.

Source:  Australia DoD
Associated URL: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/cpyne/media-releases/attack-class-future-submarines
Source Date: December 13, 2018
Posted: 12/13/2018

 
 
SCHIEBEL CAMCOPTER S-100 DEMOS NEW COMINT AND IMAGING PAYLOADS TO AUSTRALIAN ARMY
Thursday, December 13, 2018
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Camcopter S-100 with ELK-7065 system

Source: Schiebel


Camcopter S-100 with ELK-7065 system

Source: Schiebel


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VIENNA -- Schiebel, in cooperation with ELTA Systems and Overwatch Imaging, integrated two new payloads for an active army exercise.

The Australian Army conducted a two-week activity with the Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3. Specifically, they tested ELTA Systems’ state-of-the-art ELK-7065 Compact Airborne HF COMINT/DF 3D System during the first week, followed by Overwatch Imaging’s game-changing TK-5 Firewatch during the second week of the exercise.

The combination of the Camcopter S-100 and the ELK-7065 offers a remarkably flexible high-frequency (HF) communications intelligence (COMINT) capability that provides rapid spectrum exploration, analysis and detection of advanced HF communication signals in real time and with off-line analysis tools. Furthermore, it is suitable to operate in harsh electromagnetic environments.

"The ELK-7065, integrated on the Camcopter UAS, offers the essential capability of delivering time-critical intelligence in the most complex operational environments," noted Chris Day, Chief Technical Officer for Schiebel. "This is increasingly important for military, para-military and civilian applications."

Overwatch Imaging’s TK-5 Firewatch payload, which was tested during the second week of the exercise, bridges the gap between small drone mapping cameras and satellite mapping systems. The wide-area multi-band land mapping with automatic small object detection enables regional-scale applications in real time with optimal resolution. It includes color, near infrared (NIR) and temperature-calibrated thermal longwave infrared (LWIR) sensors that operate at the same time, including simultaneous on-board image processing. Integrated on the Camcopter S-100, it becomes an extremely powerful asset for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

Director General of Aviation for the Australian Army, Brigadier John Fenwick, commented that, "The lease of the Camcopter S-100 and its advanced payloads is an important activity supporting Army’s understanding of UAS capabilities. We will continue to explore all options to keep the Australian Army at the forefront of new technologies."

Source:  Schiebel
Associated URL: schiebel.net
Source Date: December 13, 2018
Posted: 12/13/2018

 

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