Bigger and more powerful Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with advanced capabilities are being showcased by a various defense companies at the Singapore Air Show this week.
The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled the latest version of the Heron UAV called the Super Heron HF.
The latest addition to the Heron family uses a 200-horsepower heavy fuel (diesel) engine
will be faster and offer significant capability enhancements and improved rates of climb compared with previous Herons.
Air speed will exceed 150 knots compared with the present Heron figure of 115 knots; maximum takeoff weight has increased 200 kilograms to 1,450 kilograms. Payload weight is 450 kilograms, said the company in a statement.
Also installed on the aircraft are an impressive array of sensors, including the MOSP3000-HD EO/IRturret with laser rangefinder/designator and ELM-2055D SAR/GMTI radar.
Antennas and pods for various electronic warfare and intelligence-gathering systems are also represented.
Another Israeli-based firm Commtact introduced a miniaturised data terminal for unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Advanced Mini Link System (AMLS), has an airborne module that weighs in at 300 g and is touted to significantly reduce take-off weight for unmanned aircraft, allowing operators to increase payloads should the mission call for it, according to reports.
The AMLS has a range of up to 100 km and allows operators to receive on-board sensors data, including real-time video images, from the UAV via embedded H264 compression.
Meanwhile, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be showcasing its latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology.
NTU will put on display 12 quad-rotor drones made up of a carbon fiber frame, with four rotors that are six to eight inches long. On it are radio control modules, sensors and electronics, complete with a battery pack. For the UAVs to fly in a certain pattern, the team has to first upload their specified pathways to their unique software, which then programs the flying instructions for each of the 12 drones, the company said.
“UAV hardware can be easily bought off the shelf, but expertise know-how in programming is not as easily acquired, hence the need to do research and to train manpower in this field,” Professor Low Kin Huat from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. “With growing interest by businesses to use drones as delivery vehicles, and to be autonomous aerial cameras for mapping and observation purposes, it is important that Singapore and NTU continue at the cutting-edge of such technology.
SAAB is also displaying its VTOL Skeldar Unmanned Aerial System that is suitable for a wide range of sensor applications to perform missions such as reconnaissance, surveillance and identification.
Skeldar is a fully autonomous VTOL Unmanned Aerial System suitable for a wide range of sensor applications to perform missions such as reconnaissance, surveillance and identification. Skeldar is designed for take-off and recovery on small platforms moving in six degrees of freedom. The Automatic Take Off & Landing system enable day and night operations in harsh conditions, according to the company.
It can hover for hours providing real-time information to a tactical commander, sent to a control station or to a remote video terminal. It is fully autonomous, commanded by high-level-commands such as “Point and Fly” and “Point and Look”, and designed for a range of land, maritime and civil applications.
French Defence Minister Jean- Yves Le Drian and his British counterpart Phillip Hammond on Friday signed agreements for the immediate launch of several major Franco-British cooperative defense programs during the Franco-British summit. The ministers signed a Letter of Intent to launch a new phase of work in the field of combat drones
Arcturus UAV has for the first time integrated GeoDragon sensor system, capable of high resolution 2-D and 3-D image capture, in its T-20 Tier II unmanned aerial vehicle. The GeoDragon system can create 3-D reconstructions in near-real time and output high-resolution digital elevation models, LIDAR-like datasets, and wide area maps
The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is planning to develop the stratosphere endurance UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) design technology by 2017, with an estimated cost $42 million (45.2 billion won)
The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by world militaries has dramatically increased, leading the US to develop defences against possible enemy UAS attacks, according to a US Army report. The world's UAS inventory has grown from approximately 20 system types and 800 aircraft in 1999, to more than 200 system types and approximately 10,000 unmanned aircraft in 2010, said Nancy Elliott, a spokeswoman with the U
The French defence procurement agency (DGA) and DCNS have validated the functional integration of an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) with the combat system of a warship. The successful physical and functional integration of a tactical VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) UAV on board a surface combatant by DCNS, with no impact on flight safety, represents a major breakthrough for naval air forces
Russian Helicopters has demonstrated future rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle system to the countrys Airborne Forces (VDV), the company official was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. “The holding is developing future rotor-wing systems suitable for the airborne forces, infantry and other units,” Russian Helicopters general director Alexander Mikheyev said
The Republic of Singapore Navys (RSN) first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) has been commissioned on September 15 at Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine). Permanent Secretary (Defence) Mr Chan Yeng Kit officiated at the ceremony
The Singapore Air Force's (RSAF) has taken delivery new Advanced Jet Trainer, the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 aircraft, into 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base in France, according to an official statement. Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen, said, "It allows our trainee pilots to be able to be exposed to air combat environments within the cockpit - they can be simulated, as in handling electronic warfare systems, multi-mode radar and Beyond Visual Range missiles, early in their training
India is likely to buy 15 CH-47F Chinook transport and 22 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters before the end of the year, the Boeing officials were quoted as saying by Shephard. "We expect that the contract award for the Chinook will come in the first half of the year, and the award for the Apache in the second half of the year," Leanne Caret, Boeings VP and GM of vertical-lift, were cited saying at the Singapore Airshow 2014
Designed for versatility and affordability, the new Lockheed Martin Vector Hawk addresses a broad set of unique missions and operating needs within a single system. With a gross takeoff weight of only four pounds and a vertical profile of only four inches, Vector Hawk boasts best-in-class payload capacity, speed and endurance
Hawker Pacific and Bell Helicopter signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the intent to enter into future purchase agreements for various Bell helicopter models based on anticipated market growth. The multi-aircraft, multi-year agreement was signed by Hawker Pacific CEO, Alan Smith and Bell Helicopter President and CEO, John Garrison at Bell Helicopters Chalet at the 2014 Singapore Airshow
The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey is making its debut at the Singapore air show 2014 for the very first time. Two squadrons of the V-22 are currently deployed with US Marine Corps in-country, following the initial deployment of the said aircraft at Japan base in 2012
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