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ELBIT SYSTEMS UNVEILS ITS
UAS INTELLIGENCE MANAGEMENT
On 25 February Israel’s Elbit unveiled its new Intelligence
Management Center (IMC) for unmanned aircraft systems
(UAS). The new center, already ordered by several customers
around the world, enables management of UAS operational activities,
training and simulating.
Elbit say the UAS management center’s forte is its ability to provide
the mission commander with data received by all deployed sensors. The
mission commander is provided an overall picture, received from the
various sources of intelligence gathering, displaying alternative scenarios,
as well as aerial and ground platform mission assignments, for improved
overall mission efficiency.
The management center allows improved intelligence flow. Mission
instructions are sent by the commander directly to the UAS operators
and video intelligence is displayed simultaneously on the mission
station screens and at the management center, in both two and three-
dimensions. All data received from the UAS can be used by the ground
forces’ C4I systems.
Elbit Systems’ Intelligence Management Center is said to be based on
the Company’s vast operational experience accumulated by the system’s
developers, who have served as commanders in the Israel Defense Forces,
as well as the accumulated experience of the Company’s programs serving
leading defense forces around the world. Efficient and user-friendly, the
system offers simple ”drag and drop”human engineering features.
UAS management center
SAGEM DELIVERS FIRST NEW-
INFRARED SIGHTS FOR MBDA’S
ERYX ANTITANK MISSILES
On January 29, 2010, the French company Sagem delivered
to MBDA the first batch of new-generation infrared sights
designed to fit the launchers for Eryx antitank missiles. This
batch is part of MBDA’s initial order in 2008 for approximately 400
new- generation IR sights. The new IR sight uses the latest non-cooled
infrared detector technology, and leverages developments by Sagem
for the FELIN (dismounted soldier integrated equipment suite) soldier
Sagem says that compared with previous generation sights, this
new IR sight gives weapon system users a host of advantages: it is
light, compact, silent in operation, easy to use, more reliable and more
autonomous. Detection, recognition and identification ranges are also
significantly improved, beyond the range of the Eryx missile itself.
MBDA recently carried out a very successful series of test firings in
the Gulf region, demonstrating the operational advantages of this new
sight, especially for night combat.
The sight is now on offer as either original equipment or a retrofit option
to modernize current weapon systems. Since 1993, the armed forces in
eight countries have ordered more than 3,500 Eryx weapon systems.
Boeing announced on February 15 that it has successfully completed
stores (weapons) ground vibration testing on P-8A Poseidon
test aircraft T1 in Seattle. The tests will provide data to validate
predictions of aircraft performance prior to flight testing at Naval Air
Station Patuxent River, Md., later this year.
During the monthlong series of tests, 18 different weapons
configurations were loaded onto the test aircraft. For each test condition,
external shakers induced vibration of the aircraft’s wings, stabilizer and
stores to verify the stores’ effect on the P-8A’s fuselage. The aircraft’s
response was measured with more than 100 accelerometers and other
“T1 responded as predicted throughout the rigorous set of tests,” said
Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager.“This
is a major milestone for the team and paves the way for in-flight testing
and verification of the P-8A’s weapons capabilities.”
The Boeing P-8 team completed a successful ground vibration test of
the full aircraft, minus weapons, in May 2009.
T1 is one of five test aircraft being assembled and tested as part of the
System Development and Demonstration contract Boeing received in
2004. The U.S. Navy plans to purchase 117 P-8A anti-submarine warfare,
anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft.
Initial operational capability is planned for 2013.
BOEING COMPLETES P-8A WEAPONS GROUND VIBRATION TESTS
Sagem IR sight on Eryx Credit: Sagem
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