Surveillance with the help of dirt-powder
You would like to make sure nobody is entering a restricted area – detect if insurgence went in without using a big resource of yours. The idlRT infra-red self-illuminating dirt-like (looks like) substance by Cyalume Technologies can help you. The powder indicates if something had passed your specific area and shows the direction of travel. It also sticks on shoes, tires, textiles clearly indicating who passed it. This physical evidence is visible with night vision sensors and the illumination will glow for 36-48 hours outdoors and a week indoors. You just have to mix to powders and spray them out. It is already in use with the US Military and Border Law force units.
Improve standards and solve problems
The Netherlands TNO is an independent non-profit organization that was founded by law in 1932. Today the company has nearly 5,000 employees and is totally independent even from the DoD or Netherlands government. Customers are the DoD and international civilian and military industries from around the world. TNO provides qualification tests and technology solutions in the field of ballistic protection and ammunition. At Eurosatory MILITARY TECHNOLOGY had the chance to speak to Mark Stoop (Business Developer TNO), Hans Broos and Koen Breeman (both project manager Ballistic Research Laboratory) about the company and projects. The main topics TNO is looking at right now are the general perspective of new vehicles, their protection as well as the protection of the human inside. The goal to achieve is to combine the best protection, still have mission reliability and a high mobility. Therefore TNO look at the structures of the single components and build up a system as an integrated solution. For the Air Force “smart” ammunition at a cost-effective base is needed, and the Navy needs smaller boats with high protection and fire power.
To reach the best results TNO owns an ISO- certified laboratory for ballistic research that include a target bunker with 60m, in- (up to 105mm) and outdoor firing ranges. The target bunker allows the detonation of 25kg TNT. With the Ballistic Load Sensor Head (BLSH) it is possible to test the effects on helmets. This helps understanding traumata reasons and to improve helmets or even to develop new standards (e.g. for NATO STANAG). A higher product level is always the level of ambition for TNO.
One of the last improvements that reached the mission in Afghanistan was a rearrangement of the M113 protection. With the new reactive armor the vehicle was to heavy so TNO looked at possibilities and helped to integrate a better engine and rearrange the reactive armor, to have the best protection (against RPG) and still be highly mobile. An IED protection was also part of the package. Right know personnel armor (vests) is a topic of investigations. What are the real threats, how can armored vests fit to these requirements and what does this mean for tests methods and criteria?
Transparent armors could make glass better, safer, lighter and cheaper. Even existing screens can be upgraded by the polymer solution that is under development. With that the civil market is targeted and the protection level is up to small arms fire – for now.
If you know a lot about protection you have to know a lot about the opponent, in this case ammunition. So TNO also works in the field of ammunition development - e.g. 25mm non-uranium for the Joint Strike Fighter and “smart” ammunition. Even the US is looking at the current development for their JSF programme.
Train as you fight…
…that is a well known motto within the military world. But with today’s missions around the world it is hard to have the right terrain at home. 3D-worlds can help you training with the right environment you are expecting during your mission. But these solutions were time and cost effective until now. PRESAGIS is offering a cost and effective way. Their solution SEGen Server quickly generates a high-fidelity, highly realistic synthetic environment at run-time. No costly satellite imagery is needed. The product was released at ITSEC. SEGen is the providing answer for required new 3D mission areas that built up typically streets, houses, cities, etc. for your mission area. As a basic it can use latest pictures, radars imagery or even a sketch. The newer the better and more realistic is your created 3D world. The precision is 1m worldwide and can be run on every PC. Weather, terrain, moonlight and many more features are part of the solution. You need more? For Special Forces operations for example it would be interesting to have not only the synthetic surroundings, but also a very realistic housing area. These two worlds can be combined, so the surrounding is synthetic and your target is 100% real. The SEGen Server was created for US SOF requirements but is now completed by the CREATOR for highly detailed 3D models. All your training needs can be met by a solution coming from one source with a price reasonable way. PRESAGIS is a software system company that is partner of SILKAN, CAE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Elbit and many more. The latest product using this technology is the Gunnery Training Simulation by SILKAN.