Is­rael’s De­fence In­dus­try

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The Na­tion’s ever in­no­va­tive de­fence in­dus­try con­tinue to un­veil new and cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies, ex­em­pli­fied by El­bit’s SkEye WAPS, Rafael’s SPIKE LR II, IAI’s Green Dragon, Con­trop’s High Def­i­ni­tion Cam­eras, RADA’s Tac­ti­cal Radars and the Aero­nau­tics Tac­ti­cal VTOL UAS. All th­ese and oth­ers are of rel­e­vance to Indian re­quire­ments.

El­bit Sys­tems SkEye WAPS

El­bit Sys­tems has re­vealed its in­no­va­tive wide area per­sis­tent sur­veil­lance so­lu­tion, SkEye WAPS. De­vel­oped specif­i­cally to ad­dress re­quire­ments raised by de­fence and law en­force­ment agen­cies, re­spond­ing to nat­u­ral disas­ter re­cov­ery events, ter­ror­ism and home­land se­cu­rity threats, SkEye WAPS com­prises ad­vanced ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the field of im­agery in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing, pro­vid­ing a com­plete high-res­o­lu­tion pic­ture and up to 80 square kilo­me­tre cov­er­age of the Area of In­ter­est (AOI) to a large num­ber of users.

SkEye WAPS pro­vides a clearer pic­ture in lesser time, thus ex­po­nen­tially in­creas­ing trust in the de­ci­sion mak­ing process. While look­ing over a large Area-of In­ter­est (AOI), op­er­a­tors can zoom into mul­ti­ple Re­gions of In­ter­est (ROI) si­mul­ta­ne­ously and un­der­stand the con­nec­tion between them. This is achieved with­out ne­glect­ing rest of the area, which is still be­ing recorded and con­stantly an­a­lysed. At heart of the sys­tem is an air­borne seg­ment con­sist­ing of the EO sen­sor unit, an ad­vanced im­age pro­cess­ing unit, a large mass stor­age unit and anal­y­sis ap­pli­ca­tions. Via an em­bed­ded data link, the rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion is trans­mit­ted from the air­craft to the SkEye, Con­trol and Man­age­ment Cen­ter (SCMC) (fixed or mo­bile), which can be in­te­grated with the cus­tomer’s Com­mand & Con­trol (C2) so­lu­tion.

El­bit in­tro­duces the SkyStriker

At the 2017 Paris Air Show El­bit Sys­tems launched the SkyStriker, a re­motely op­er­ated elec­tro- op­ti­cal, pre­cise guided Loi­ter­ing Mu­ni­tion (LM) de­signed to “seek, lo­cate and en­gage” var­i­ous tar­gets for the tac­ti­cal level corps. SkyStriker is able to lo­cate, ac­quire and strike op­er­a­tor-marked tar­gets en­abling high-pre­ci­sion per­for­mance. The sys­tem’s elec­tric propul­sion pro­vides a low acous­tic sig­na­ture and en­ables covert low alti­tude op­er­a­tions. Ow­ing to its flight speed ca­pa­bil­ity, it can cover a dis­tance of tens of kilo­me­ters within min­utes. Upon reach­ing the tar­get area, it can loi­ter and pur­sue the tar­get for up to two hours.

SkyStriker of­fers quick de­ploy­ment and ease of oper­a­tion in the field, pro­vides forces with the abil­ity to ob­serve and iden­tify an en­emy tar­get be­fore de­liv­er­ing a rapid pre­ci­sion airstrike. Its re­mote oper­a­tion ca­pa­bil­ity re­duces op­er­a­tors’ ex­po­sure to de­tec­tion or en­emy fire while guid­ing the LM to its tar­get. In ad­di­tion to high ac­cu­racy, long range and a sig­nif­i­cant loi­ter­ing time, the SkyStriker is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing up to ten kilo­grammes of mu­ni­tions. The sys­tem also pro­vides sig­nif­i­cant flex­i­bil­ity such as the abil­ity to choose any tar­get, to en­gage at any di­rec­tion and in var­i­ous an­gles (shal­low to steep) while sig­nif­i­cantly de­creas­ing costs. More­over, SkyStriker en­ables the op­er­a­tor to abort a strike up to two sec­onds to im­pact, to re-en­gage and in case of lack of au­tho­rised tar­gets to or­der a safe re­turn home.

Con­trop’s unique, com­pact UAS pay­load

Con­trop Pre­ci­sion Tech­nolo­gies Ltd launched the T- Stamp- XR, its unique, com­pact pay­load for UAS with “ex­cep­tional ther­mal sen­sor op­tics” at the Paris Air Show 2017.

T-Stamp-XR, a new mem­ber of the Con­trop Stamp fam­ily of gyro-sta­bilised minia­ture EO/ IR pay­loads for UAS, weighs only 3.5kg. It is com­prised of a high sen­si­tiv­ity HD day cam­era, a cooled ther­mal imag­ing (TI) cam­era, and an op­tional laser des­ig­na­tor or laser poin­ter. The built-in INS on the Line-of-Sight pro­vides pre­cise and ac­cu­rate tar­get co­or­di­nates, ge­olo­ca­tion, hold-to-co­or­di­nate and pointto-co­or­di­nate ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The op­tional laser poin­ter is avail­able for on­board tar­get point­ing. Ad­di­tional fea­tures in­clude on­board au­to­matic video tracker, im­age en­hance­ment, lo­cal au­to­matic gain con­trol (AGC), pic­ture-in-pic­ture (PIP), dig­i­tal video out­put, and op­tional H.264 video out­put. The T-Stamp-XR en­ables tac­ti­cal in­ter­op­er­abil­ity with other plat­forms in the the­atre, and has low life-cy­cle costs due to a unique and high en­durance cooled TI de­tec­tor.

Con­trop Heli­copter EO/IR pay­loads

Con­trop has an­nounced sale of sev­eral iSky- 20HD ( for­merly Shapo- HD) and iSky-50HD (for­merly DSP-HD) EO/IR pay­loads to the Is­raeli Po­lice, to be in­stalled on new he­li­copters and in­te­grated with Churchill Nav­i­ga­tion Mis­sion Sys­tems.

Con­trop’s line of six medium and long-range ae­rial pay­loads (iSky-20, 20HD, 30, 30HD, 40 and 50HD) were uniquely de­vel­oped for the chal­leng­ing and of­ten tur­bu­lent ae­rial en­vi­ron­ment and they pro­vide so­lu­tions for most medium and long-range ae­rial sur­veil­lance plat­forms. Fea­tures in­clude a con­tin­u­ous op­ti­cal zoom lens in the day (or high def­i­ni­tion-HD) and ther­mal imag­ing (SD/HD) cam­eras, gy­rosta­bilised gim­bals and multi sen­sor op­tions in­clud­ing Eye­safe Laser Range Fin­der (ELRF) and/or Laser Poin­ter, all of which pro­vide “out­stand­ing” ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The iSky sys­tems can be in­stalled on he­li­copters, fixed wing air­craft and un­manned ae­rial sys­tems ( UAS), and may be in­te­grated with the plat­forms’ sys­tems. Ideal for manned or un­manned air­borne plat­forms, all of the iSky sys­tems in­clude real-time Im­age En­hance­ment Fea­tures, built in INS, au­to­matic tar­get track­ing and are suc­cess­fully op­er­ated, fully in­te­grated and de­ployed by Search and Res­cue (SAR), bor­der sur­veil­lance, law en­force­ment, special op­er­a­tions, mar­itime pa­trol and force pro­tec­tion units.

Rafael’s new SPIKE LR II

Rafael Ad­vanced De­fense Sys­tems have un­veiled the Spike LR II, a new 5th gen­er­a­tion vari­ant of the Spike Fam­ily that can be fired from ve­hi­cles, he­li­copters, ships and ground launch­ers. The new mis­sile was pre­sented for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June. Rafael has mean­while sup­plied over 27,000 Spike mis­siles and sys­tems to over 26 coun­tries.

Spike LR II is an ad­vanced mul­ti­pur­pose mis­sile, weigh­ing only 12.7 kg, de­signed for mod­ern war­fare with al­most full com­mon­al­ity to the Spike mis­sile legacy and can be launched from any Spike launcher. For in­creased lethal­ity, Spike LR II in­cludes two unique state-of-the-art ad­vanced and highly ca­pa­ble war­head con­fig­u­ra­tions: a tan­dem HEAT war­head con­fig­u­ra­tion, en­hanc­ing ar­mour pen­e­tra­tion ca­pa­bil­ity by more than 30% and a new mul­ti­pur­pose blast war­head which in­cludes con­trolled fus­ing (by the gun­ner) for con­trol of the de­sired ef­fect.

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