Boeing has announced setting up a new consortium of international companies, called IRSA Development Group (IDG), to work on a scalable, all-domain system-of-systems for remote sensing and persistent monitoring of the Arctic and other remote areas.
The network is called IRSA (Integrated Remote Sensing for the Arctic) and comprises satellites, high altitude long endurance (HALE) drones, medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drones, small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), sea-surface and sub-sea platforms, and ground stations.
Technology development for each segment, and their integration, is underway. Initial IRSA services are expected to be available to clients in early 2020.
The partner organizations are: C-CORE (Canada), MyDefence System Integration (Kingdom of Denmark), Andøya Space Center (Norway), VTT (Finland), Scott Polar Research Institute (United Kingdom), Karl Osen (Switzerland), ViaSat Antenna Systems (Switzerland), and Boeing Phantom Works (USA).
Recognizing the need for more persistent remote sensing, robust communication and data connectivity in the Arctic, Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (BDS) began an intensive study in 2015, mapping the challenges and identifying gaps in designing and creating a solution to address them. The international consortium will now develop the technologies, products and services that can provide that solution through the IRSA program.
In the first week of October, Russia announced it is helping China build a ballistic missile warning system comprising a network of ground-based radars and satellite arrays in earth’s orbit, to detect ballistic missile launches, calculate trajectories of the projectiles and kick-start an apt response. The United States and Russia already have such systems stationed in the polar region.
The US Air Force tested an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) early on Wednesday with a launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Minuteman III is the only nuclear-capable ground-based ICBM that remains in service in the US
China on Tuesday displayed twelve of its new JL-2 nuclear-capable submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) based on DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) for the first time at the National Day parade in Beijing. The missile is reportedly already being inducted into active service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN)
Russia on Saturday test-fired its new Bulava solid-fueled advanced Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Yury Dolgoruky submarine, from the Barents Sea, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. Moscow also launched Sineva ICBM from Tula submarine as part of combat training from the polar region of the Arctic Ocean
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