Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA Jul-Aug 2013 Contents According to Rafael, the Spice 250 achieves an
extended standoff range of up to 100 kilometers
using its deployable wings.
Spice 250 enables impact point update after
release using its communication module. In
addition, it provides Battle Damage Indication (BDI)
capability, by transmitting the target image just
Innocon, a small UAS manufacturer, has been
developing and manufacturing products ranging
from Micro UAS weighing 6 kg to a 1,000 kg full
size UAS equipped with the company's proprietary
Command & Control Systems. The company
delivers complete systems or major sub-systems.
Innocon uses its Command & Control technology
to develop very advanced UASs.
The combination of on-board/ground computers
and their proprietary modular software enables them
the ability to create the ability to employ small, low-
cost UAV's for missions that usually would require
much larger and more costly aircraft.
Elbit Systems' Hermes-90 UAV is based on
a design from Innocon. The company is now
developing other very "exotic" systems and claims
that they will help to solve some problems that limit
the use of UAS.
Innocon is a privately held company. It is currently
evaluating some investment and cooperation
proposals that will leverage their present capabilities
into becoming a significant factor in the very large,
and steadily growing, world UAS market.
BlueBird is another small but interesting UAS
manufacturer. The company specializes in the
design, development and production of tactical UAS
and peripheral equipment.
BlueBird solutions are specially designed to
deal with contemporary homeland security (HLS)
challenges. With a wide spectrum of UAS platforms,
all operating from a unified, intuitive and user-
friendly Ground Control Station, BlueBird's rapidly
deployable UAS, are cost-effectively and reliably
performing all HLS missions in all weather and
without any terrain limitations.
BlueBird has identified the field of real-time
intelligence generated from small and smart UAVs,
as a critical requirement in modern homeland
security and civilian applications, and has presented
to the market a spectrum of advanced solutions.
- The MicroB - a small UAS that provides
features previously found only in larger platforms
(persistent surveillance, digital communication),
but with all the advantages of a smaller UAS.
- The SpyLite - A Mini UAV that delivers an
extended performance envelope of 4 hours
mission time, the ability to fly to 36,000ft and an
impressive mission range of 60km.
- The Boomerang - A Mini UAV that provides
Tactical UAS capabilities (Day and Night payloads
simultaneously) and 10 hours mission time.
At the recent Paris air show, the company
unveiled its Thunder B. This UAS is available with
gasoline or electric power. The gasoline-powered
version offers 24-hr. endurance and has retractable
wheeled landing gear.
CONTROP's main product lines include automatic
passive intruder detection systems for coastal
surveillance, port and harbor security, border
surveillance, security of sensitive sites, perimeter
security surveillance and ground troops security;
high performance stabilized observation payloads
used for day and night surveillance on board UAS,
and aerostats/balloons, helicopters, light aircraft,
maritime patrol boats and ground vehicles; Thermal
imaging cameras with high performance Continuous
Zoom Lens and state-of-the-art image enhancement
features, and more.
CONTROP's payloads are gyro-stabilized in two
or three axis, using 3, 4 or 5 gimbals for applications
in helicopters, aircraft or ground surveillance
vehicles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles UAVs,
Unmanned Ground Vehicles UGVs, land vehicles
or naval vessels, as well as sensors protecting
fixed sites. These payloads can carry multiple
sensors or a single camera, according to the user's
CONTROP was a world pioneer in the
development of Scanning & Observation
Surveillance Camera Systems. These sensors
provide both observation and panoramic scan
capabilities using a single camera observation
system. The company has been delivering such
systems since the late 1990's, meeting a wide
range of operational requirements with numerous
military and governmental agencies. Typical
applications are Intruder Detection Systems for
border protection, perimeter security for air bases
and other strategic sites, coastal and harbor control
and defense applications.
CONTROP developed a range of cooled and
uncooled, high performance thermal cameras with
continuous zoom lens, providing night, daylight and
adverse weather visibility.
Unmanned Ground Systems are operational along
the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip. These
were developed by G-NIUS Unmanned Ground
Systems -- a company owned jointly by IAI and Elbit
Systems .This joint company is developing a variety
of unmanned ground system solutions that are all
based on a common, versatile and layered avionics
Other systems are still in the development phase
with interest shown from many armed services in the
world. The pace of introducing UGS into armies and
other defence organizations is slower than expected
but the company says that there is a shift in the
market and that will bring increased potential.
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