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16 September 2015

DSEI 2015: Seen & Heard on Day 1

RUAG Defence, the strategic technology partner for international land forces and homeland security, is taking a solution based approach to Tactical Communications with RUAG ARANEA to guarantee communication, fast and digital.

Based on the Swiss’ experience in C4ISTAR, solutions are tailored for each customer individually to meet their specific needs of speed, connectivity and mobility. A suit of applications including Voice (radio and telephony), data, messaging and video are then available for the customer to maximise the efficiency of their network from the “All in One” solution of the RUAG ARANEA. (Photo: RUAG)

Both military and civil organisations are struggling with the same problems of establish communications quickly and reliably across multiple networks and different communication protocols. RUAG ARANEA solves this problem through the creation of an all-IP Broadband network that links together the technology and the devices of the past with that of the present and the future.

Based on the Swiss’ experience in C4ISTAR, solutions are tailored for each customer individually to meet their specific needs of speed, connectivity and mobility. A suit of applications including Voice (radio and telephony), data, messaging and video are then available for the customer to maximise the efficiency of their network from the “All in One” solution of the RUAG ARANEA.

As an accomplished upgrader and vehicle expert RUAG Defence is able to integrate the RUAG ARANEA inside any tracked or wheeled vehicle.

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Teledyne Marine Systems had the following equipment on display at booth S9-198:

  • Teledyne GAVIA AUV - A low logisitics, high performance, fully modular AUV. The GAVIA AUV has a depth rating at 1000m and the modules are field swappable for rapid redeployment. Currently used by a variety of militaries.
  • SLOCUM Glider by Teledyne Webb Research - the SLOCUMglider is the chosen glider of the LBS-G programme and has a lot of gliders currently in service. Proven, reliable performance with a large suite of integrated sensor available. Custom sensor integration is also available.
  • Teledyne SeaBotix - a world leader in design & manufacture of Little Benthic Vehicles – capable, underwater, 1-2 person portable ROVs ideal for military applications.
  • Also on display are the range of sonar solutions from Teledyne Reson.
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API Technologies , a leading provider of high performance RF, microwave, millimeterwave, power, and security solutions, is showcasing the company’s product offerings for AESA radar, space, security, and a broad array of defence applications. Show highlights include:
  • Subsystem Level Solutions for AESA Radar Applications: Featured products includes the company’s Active Antenna Array Unit (AAAU) and Quad Transmit Receive Module (QTRM) products. The flexible configurations of the AAAU and integral QTRMs support a wide range of applications including naval, air, and ground-based radar. The products are field upgradable and designed to improve the accuracy and serviceability of AESA radar platforms. API Technologies also previews its 2-D Array system. Built on a flexible technology platform, this lightweight, compact unit is designed to ease the challenges associated with phased-array radar development in a variety of next-generation radar applications.
  • Opto-electrical Media Converter Products: API demonstrates its new line of media converter products at DSEi. The media converters offer a UK-made, low-to-high speed data communications solution specifically developed for harsh environments, including military and commercial avionics, subsea communications, and military vehicle platforms. Packaged in an EMI 38999 connector, the converters provide improved security due to non electromagnetic signature, as well as support weight reduction and high speed communications in new aircraft and vehicles. Designed to be an intrinsically safe alternative to copper-based electrical cables, the converters also offer a desirable and easy-to-install retrofit solution.
  • Encryption & Secure Mobile Communication Products: The Company also debuts the SST Secure Data Hub, a mobile encryption device, which supports up to four devices, including tablets and laptops. The Secure Data Hub is designed to facilitate secure communications and is ideal for mobile office settings. Other products on display will include the SST™ Secure Venue Tablet and SST TEMPEST and ruggedised systems.
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Denchi Power is formally launching its new lithium-ion 6T vehicle battery for future military vehicles at booth S4-355. The 6T lithium-ion vehicle battery allows greater stealth in combat situations with silent watch capability. The battery has been developed in-house by a UK small-medium enterprise (SME). The product is designed to comply with MIL-PRF-32143B, MIL STD1257E, DEF-STAN 59-411 and SAE J1939. Sales director Glyn Stanton stated that: "The Denchi Power Li-Ion 6T battery offers a step change in cold weather engine start, silent watch capability, combined with increased specific energy / reduced weight for future military vehicles." Denchi Power is also showcasing a number of other existing battery and charger products for dismounted soldiers and autonomous vehicles. Amongst these are the new central energy source (CES), which is used by BAE System's new Broadsword product and the new UAV Sparrowhawk battery.

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Argon Electronics in simulation systems industry focused on platforms for defence from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) attacks and incidents involving hazardous material (HazMat). The UK SME was founded 28 years ago and provides its products to response teams across the globe, including in Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, the UK and the US. Now, Argon Electronics is releasing the next generation of its hugely successful product, PlumeSIM, which will be showcased for the first time at DSEI 2015. PlumeSIM is a wide area field exercise and table top training system using Argon CBRN/HazMat simulators. The portable system enables remote instructor management of its chemical and radiological simulator instruments under a fully configurable 'virtual plume', in real time, over user-selected mapping. PlumeSIM is a unique tool which has already been implemented by the USAF, Canadian Armed Forces and UK MOD amongst others. The system allows instructors to manage detection instrument training of multiple personnel simultaneously, recording the actions of trainees from a central location. The design of PlumeSIM allows for any type of training map to be uploaded to the software, even homemade sketches. This versatile system can first be used in the classroom with a table-top mode, where trainees use gaming controllers to move around an on-screen training area during the virtual plume scenario, and their activity can be recorded and analysed before they venture into a field training exercise. After classroom training, trainees can practice with PlumeSIM in the field, using body-worn player units which track location, monitor activity and maintain communication with the exercise control system, so the instructor can monitor their location on the control base map via a long range radio comms link in real-time. The virtual plume scenario can be activated and then the display of the simulation instrument will indicate the appropriate response should a simulated threat be encountered. The virtual threat is controlled using easy-to-use menus by the instructor, which enable them to quickly set and adjust the source type(s), quantity, and the location and nature of the release source, as well as the desired environmental conditions. PlumeSIM allows the instructor to define a plume or hotspot based upon variety of specific substances, CW agents, radionuclides or compounds, and to implement different release characteristics including duration, direction, persistence and deposition. PlumeSIM provides a complete training package by enabling a post-event collaborative exercise review. The recordings of both table-top and in-field activity enable trainees to maximise learning by analysing their actions and helps them to retain what they have learnt, and can also be viewed by independent moderators for response capability assessment and validation of contingency plans.

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Leidos, on booth #N5-380 is showcasing innovative capabilities and technologies that are currently supporting the UK government, and customers across the globe. Integrated tactical solutions such as technologies that develop and integrate systems for processing, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of data to make it highly usable for exploitation, analysis, and security. Safety and security products that have precise scanning technology and are currently in use in the UK to enhance safety in transportation, military, emergency response and other applications. Advanced cybersecurity solutions that can help network operators to see beyond their boundaries, increase response time, and stop the threats before the damage is done. Logistics solutions that will support the UK MOD’s Logistic Commodities & Services Transformation (LCS[T]) programme recently awarded by the MOD.

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Torqeedo, a market leader in the fast growing marine electric propulsion industry, debuts its innovative electric motor range on stand S9-472. Torqeedo showcases its award-winning Deep Blue electric outboard at the exhibition. Available in 40HP and 80HP and as a tiller version, the highly efficient Deep Blue system combines the motor and battery, resulting in full system integration with unparalleled performance and ground-breaking safety levels. The Deep Blue offers operators outstanding efficiency with greater power and range, making it the perfect choice for water-based defence professionals. Alongside the Deep Blue is the Ultralight, one of the world’s lightest outboards, perfect for kayaks and light boats, as well as the new generation of 6HP and 9HP Cruise motors, which is more suitable for use in rugged environments and extreme conditions, thanks to its solid aluminium housing, aluminium-reinforced fin and updated shaft seal. Commenting on the exhibition, John Arnold, UK Sales Manager at Torqeedo, said: "Attracting the largest international community within the sector, the DSEI exhibition acts as a great platform for Torqeedo to enhance our presence here. Working with Golden Arrow Marine, we will be able to speak directly to military professionals about Torqeedo."

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TechwaY’s innovative solutions, at stand N8-143, features high-performance FPGA technology. Whereas in the past, FPGA technology may have implied long and costly development, TechwaY has resolved these issues by providing turn-key solutions to its customers. Thanks to advanced technology, these pre-integrated solutions boast complex intensive data crunching and high-speed communication nodes. TechwaY's booth exhibits three major innovations that were recently deployed in major French defence and aerospace programmes:
  • Pre-integrated boxes for multichannel data acquisition and pre-processing: EAGLE multichannel data acquisition and pre-processing boxes were originally developed for brand new passive radar applications and are well suited for all multi-sensor applications. These fully-integrated multichannel data acquisition and pre-processing boxes deliver data over two optimised 10 GB Ethernet links to computers. This technology drastically simplifies the systems integration of multichannel applications. Use of FPGA technology for embedded pre-processing provides systems with state-of-the-art performance. EAGLE boxes are used by ESA (the European Space Agency), ONERA (the French Aerospace Lab), and the Thales Group.
  • High-speed recorders: TechwaY’s recorder solutions have been developed to take advantage of its EAGLE acquisition and pre-processing solutions. Thanks to its partners, the company has been able to incorporate various types of inputs (analogue, digital, ARINC 818, HD-SDI, GbE, sFPDP). TechwaY offers several recorder formats, including a SWAP and 19” rack mount recorder. Numerous environmental specifications are available, and clever storage systems allow data to be easily unloaded if needed. TechwaY’s recorder solutions have been deployed on several aircraft certification programmes and demanding test benches.
  • High-speed optical communication interface: The TigerFMC is a high-density optical interface for embedded processing. It provides an unmatched overall throughput of 200 Gbps. The TigerFMC is an FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) based on the latest FireFlyTM devices from Samtec. The TigerFMC is fully compliant with the VITA 57 standard. It can be used on any FMC carrier, including PCIe, VME/VXS or VPX boards. The TigerFMC provides a powerful upgrade for legacy systems with advanced optical communication links, and requires minimal integration. TechwaY’s latest ARINC 818 optical video switches have been used by Airbus on the A350 certification programme and are equipped with TigerFMC.
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TMD is giving daily demonstrations of its new PTS6900 solid state microwave power module (MPM) on stand S3-255, ADS UK Pavilion, to showcase its exceptional performance. Optimised for EW/ECM systems, with an output power of 150W over the 2-6GHz range and user adjustable 55dB gain, the solid state PTS6900 is running constantly on the stand – operating into a dummy RF load and with the output power being shown on a monitor. Employing the latest 0.25µm GaN MMIC technology, the PTS6900 has over 30,000 hours predicted MTBF, instant start up, fast 1µs mute time, and is ITAR free. Also showcased is TMD’s TWT based PTXM series of compact, lightweight MPMs – ideal for UAVs – and instrumentation TWT and solid state amplifers for radar /EW simulation and training and for EMC HIRF testing.

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The integrated detect-track-disrupt Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS), launched in May this year by a trio of British companies comprising Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems, now features a quad band radio frequency (RF) inhibitor/jammer, an optical disruptor, and rapid deployment features in the final production version of this counter-drone system. These enhancements follow extensive customer trials of the pre-production system across Europe and North America over the spring and summer. The fully featured production version of AUDS has been unveiled at the Blighter Surveillance Systems (S4-154), Chess Dynamics (S8-140) and Enterprise Control Systems (S3-260) stands. The AUDS system is designed to combat the growing threat of malicious micro, mini and larger unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones. The system can detect a drone 5mi (8km) away using electronic scanning radar, track it using infrared and daylight cameras and specialist software before disrupting the flight using an inhibitor to block the radio signals that control it.

Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS), launched in May this year by a trio of British companies comprising Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems. 

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CRFS has made huge advances in the past 2 years since the 2013 DSEI.  This is reflected in the company's new “See through the noise” messaging and latest products and technologies in the areas of Real Time Spectrum Operations and big data analytics.  Building on CRFS’s traditional strengths in distributed RF sensor architectures, CRFS' range of RFeye systems showcase their newest state-of-the-art receivers and powerful software. Integrating their latest high performance wideband Nexus receivers with massive memory and innovative software provide a multi-channel, digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) system. The RF front end gives phase noise and spurious free dynamic range and is combined with a deep memory record, process and playback capability aimed at electronic warfare and RTSO requirements. The system is rugged and ideal for DoD test ranges, training and fleet exercises or for any deployed operations where improved situational awareness is critical to operational success. CRFS introduces mobile monitoring with their latest WebApp server software running directly on distributed RFeye nodes for remote web client access, or on any remote host PC to query the node network directly. This means that networks of RFeye nodes can now be accessed from tablets, PCs or smart phones independent of OS and with secure https logon via standard web browsers. The latest RF spectrum monitoring innovations and live demonstrations are shown on stand S3-270.

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Teledyne Marine offers a wide range of Instruments, Imaging Solutions, Unmanned Vehicles, and Interconnect Soutions to support Defence and Security tasks, shown on booth #S9-198. Over 23 top tier undersea companies provide proven solutions for government agencies, militaries, and security companies around the globe. Some of them are:
  • Teledyne Gavia: The GAVIA Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is a self contained, man portable, modular survey platform capable of delivering high quality data while operating from vessels of opportunity or from the shore. The GAVIA AUV can carry a variety of sensors that are especially well suited for military and security applications.
  • Teledyne SeaBotix: Teledyne SeaBotix is a manufacturer of underwater MiniROVs that perform a multitude of tasks including maritime security, search and recovery, hull and pipeline inspection, hazardous environment intervention, aquaculture, sensor deployment, and more.
  • Teledyne Webb Research: SLOCUM G2 gliders offer flexibility, efficiency and the ability to succeed in a harsh ocean environment. Buoyancy driven, the long range and duration of SLOCUM gliders makes them ideally suited for persistent remote water column observation. With over 550 vehicles delivered, SLOCUM gliders are the choice of the US Navy’s Littoral Battlespace Sensing-Glider (LBS-G) programme and the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).
  • Teledyne Reson: The SeaBat 7128 is ideal for shallow-water imaging applications, generating hi-res images even when your vessel is sailing at speed. It can also be installed on an ROV and still get hi-res images at 6,000m below sea level. Because the system is unaffected by siltation in the water column, ROVs can carry out complex maneuvers in zero visibility.
  • Teledyne Odom Hydrographic: The MB1 is completely designed and manufactured within the Teledyne Marine group. The MB1 Multibeam Echosounder is designed to meet the needs of hydrographic professionals that are looking for a low cost yet high performance swath sounder.
  • Teledyne BlueView: The M900-2250 is one of the industry's most compact, full featured 2D Multibeam Imaging Sonars available. Engineered to fit in small, tight spaces the M Series is 30% smaller than the popular P Series, and delivers the same crisp, real-time sonar imagery.The M900-2250 is shown mounted on an ROV from Teledyne Seabotix
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At Rheinmetall's exhibition stand S7-110, the high technology group specialising in security and mobility showcases its High Energy Laser (HEL) effectors. An Air Defence HEL effector capable of engaging low, slow, small (LSS) threats is presented here for the very first time. The German defence contractor also exhibits an HEL effector for maritime applications for the first time. Moreover, Rheinmetall highlights its capabilities in advanced soldier systems, including a recent order from Canada. Another focus is the air burst capabilities of Rheinmetall, ranging from 40mm ammunition and AHEAD medium calibre technology to programmable DM11 tank ammunition. The Rheinmetall display furthermore includes an unprotected HX77 with flatbed and an HX2 40M with Integrated Armour Cabin/IAC as members of the proven family of RMMV logistic vehicles. A field ambulance version of the innovative protected Survivor vehicle is likewise  showcased for the first time.

Rheinmetall's High Energy Laser Effectors (Graphic: Rheinmetall)
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Zettlex, a Cambridge-based sensor specialist, has chosen the opening of DSEI 2015 to launch its dramatically expanded range of IncOder inductive angle encoders, more than doubling the number of potential configuration variants. The enhanced range – which now boasts over 100 million possible product variants – offers greater flexibility for customers in sectors including defence, aerospace, industrial and medical. Zettlex IncOders are high precision, inductive encoders aimed at high reliability measurement of angle or angular velocity. Their non-contact design means they are ideally suited to the defence sector’s particular demands for precision and reliability in tough conditions, as well as its requirement for high levels of quality assurance, long term support and confidentiality. The new expanded IncOder range includes 37mm (mini), 58mm (midi) and 300mm (maxi) diameter sizes. In addition, there is a new range of external mount stators and shaft clamp rotors, providing a wider choice of installation options for designers; increased options on connections, cabling, and measurement resolutions; improved measurement performance with faster update rates; the ability to select how many counts per revolution the IncOder produces. “The demand for IncOders continues to grow and Zettlex has responded with even greater product choice,” said Mark Howard, Zettlex General Manager. “We are already seeing significant, volume demand for the new mini and midi models and the economies of scale realised from larger production volumes are making IncOders an affordable alternative for mainstream industrial applications.”

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For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #09/2015, available at the show on booth #S2 165; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.