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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Robotic Weaponry & Military Systems Update - from Jane's

Hummingbird to fly with novel combined payload

Boeing's Frontier Systems subsidiary will undertake planning, payload integration and air vehicle modifications to support an operational demonstration of a combined imaging and signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload aboard the A160T Hummingbird rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) [emphasis mine]. The USD12.8 million contract was awarded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 7 December

Picture perfect: military investment in new systems exploit battlefield imagery

The concept of a technology driven 'surveillance society' - which started to get under way in the mid-1970s to counter terrorism and organised crime in heavily populated urban environments - is being re-invented on the battlefield. Its military manifestations include sensor-equipped watchtowers, aerostats, fast jets or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other piloted fixed-wing airborne sensing platforms ranging from the US Air Force (USAF) U-2S to the US Army Constant Hawk and US Marine Corps (USMC) Angel Fire, which possess long-range high-definition video imaging capabilities; high-volume data-storage capacity; and long endurance

BQM-47 target drone flies under software control

Northrop Grumman has test-flown its BQM-74E aerial target equipped with the company's Programmable Autonomous Waypoint Navigation (PAWN) software. Conducted in October and November 2010 at the US Naval Air Warfare Weapons Division test range at Point Mugu, California, but not announced at the time, the trials fulfilled all of the programme's flight-test requirements

Kadet plans range of unmanned aerial vehicles

India's Kadet Defence Systems is leveraging its experience producing aerial target vehicles (ATVs) in the development of two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which, according to the company, will be complete in 2011. Kadet Chief Executive Officer Avdesh Khaitan told Jane's that by mid-2011 the company will be poised to offer its range of UAVs for military and homeland security employment, in a market dominated by medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) and high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) UAVs supplied by Israeli manufacturers