National security

July 1, 2011 - 6:51am
The Raytheon SeaVue radar is carried in a radome beneath the Predator B, as s...

The appearance of the marinized variant of the General Atomics MQ-9 Predator B at the recent Paris Air Show heralds an export drive for the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) to European NATO countries, as well as Australia, Japan and other prospects. The aircraft at Paris belonged to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which has named it the Guardian.

June 26, 2011 - 5:45am

In response to a Senate committee request, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessed security at 13 U.S.

June 23, 2011 - 3:17am

Raytheon revealed a hyperspectral sensor, which has been adapted to the MQ-1 Predator UAV, at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. The airborne cueing and exploitation system hyperspectral (Aces HY) is believed to be the first such sensor to enter series production for a tactical airborne platform.

June 23, 2011 - 2:50am

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is displaying the Guardian, a maritime variant of the MQ-9 Predator B unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at the Paris Air Show.

June 22, 2011 - 11:00pm

Israeli sensor specialist Controp Precision Technologies (Hall 3 C17) is displaying a range of its advanced electro-optic/infrared/laser payloads, including several new products. The latest payloads are tailored for use with UAVs, and also for aerostat applications.

June 22, 2011 - 4:10am

Austria’s Schiebel (Hall 4 A40) is flying its Camcopter S-100 drone in the daily flying display here in Paris. Imagery from its onboard camera is being transmitted live to the airshow’s TV station. 

June 21, 2011 - 8:43pm

The $1.6 billion Watchkeeper program for the British Army has made Thales the biggest UAV company in Europe, and in its UAV systems laboratory, also known as the Soul battlelab near Bordeaux, the company’s engineers are exploring the requirements for future ground control stations and mission systems.

June 20, 2011 - 6:30am

Innovative engineering in small companies has been responsible for many of today’s unmanned aerial vehicle developments in the U.S. One such company is Cloud Cap Technology, based in Hood River, Oregon. It provides low-cost autopilots and gimbals to a variety of small, mostly unmanned platforms.

June 19, 2011 - 6:55am

Israel’s Elbit Systems has announced a number of important developments in recent weeks, covering a range of the company’s diverse capabilities. A selection of its services and products are showcased on the company’s booth in the Israeli Pavilion.

June 19, 2011 - 2:25am

L-3 Communications has confirmed plans to more than double the size of its Mobius optionally manned aircraft. The new version will be 140 percent larger to allow for a two-seat manned configuration. The second seat can be occupied by a second pilot and/or sensor operator.

The existing development model has a maximum takeoff weight of 3,000 pounds and a wingspan of almost 27 feet.

 
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