U.S. special or covert forces are using hand-launched UAVs disguised as large birds to monitor terrorist movements along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The Pakistan Frontier Corps recovered one such UAV after it crashed on August 25 near one of its border forts in Baluchistan.
"Surges" of Puma and Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are boosting U.S. Army operations in Afghanistan. Responding to an urgent operational requirement there, the Army has ordered 180 new Puma systems to protect route clearance patrols from IEDs. This follows earlier urgent requirements for the two aircraft, manufactured by AeroVironment, of Monrovia, Calif.
The flight of the Lockheed Martin high-altitude long endurance-demonstrator (HALE-D) airship ended after less than three hours last week in a forced landing. Two days later, much of it was destroyed by a ground fire during recovery operations. The HALE-D was the first of three lighter-than-air vehicles due to fly this year with Pentagon funding, as the U.S.
Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will distribute the TrueView Enhanced Visions Systems infrared thermal imaging system worldwide. It is currently certified via supplemental type certificate in the U.S. and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L. TrueView is developing systems for the Bell 407 and 429.
Northrop Grumman officials during a Paris Air Show briefing reported that the first Block 40 Global Hawk high-altitude UAV for the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to make its first flight this week equipped with the Northrop Grumman/Raytheon radar technology insertion program (RTIP) sensor.
North American Surveillance Systems (Booth No. 617), a global provider and integrator of airborne surveillance systems, is expanding its capabilities with new simulator training designed specifically for the world’s top-selling intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance cameras.
The Business Aircraft Center at Danbury Airport has installed a new system of remote viewing cameras that will allow aircraft owners and pilots to use a security code to log in on their computers and watch their airplanes from anywhere in the world. Government agencies have raised concerns about the security of GA aircraft, and the FBO's operators believe the new system offers an extra degree of protection.
Lexavia, with a 20-year record of providing customized flight displays for civil and military aircraft, has become the newest player in the infrared enhanced vision system (EVS) marketplace. Examples of the new Lexavia Integrated Systems EVS offerings are being demonstrated at NBAA Booth No. 7922. The Pensacola, Fla.-based company has decided to direct its varied design and manufacturing resources toward a new approach to EVS marketing.