Tuesday, 28 February 2017

CANTAS E (endurance) VTOL UAV


CANTAS E (endurance)

Typical Mission: Agriculture, Industry, Patrol, Surveillance, Reconnaissance

The CANTAS E is designed with the purpose of reaching the best endurance characteristics. This member of the CANTAS family is equipped with two electric motors in a combination with an internal combustion engine. Such combination allows our UAS to fly 18 hours in an economy mode while a high power engine mode provides the ability of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). Thanks to an innovative on-board software, CANTAS is able to execute a fully autonomous flight or it can be manually controlled through a ground control station. With the maximum payload weight of 10 kg (22 lbs), various types of sensor systems and associated recording devices can be installed. To achieve the best results, it is necessary to determine the main purpose of CANTAS in regard on mission requirements.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS


– Powering by two electric motors with propellers enables vertical take-off and landing. CANTAS E is capable to land safely on both the static and the moving landing area
– Secured data link system with communication range up to 100 kmCANTAS E is capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations
– Exceptional flight performance with 130 km/h (81 mph) optimal cruising speed and 18 h flight endurance
– Unique fuselage includes a spacious detachable front container for additional payload installation

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

Wingspan
5.000 mm
196 in
Height
 1.501 mm
 59 in
Length
 2.401 mm
94 in
Powerplant
1x MVVS 58 IRS
2x electric motor MVVS E100

Fuel capacity
18 l
4.6 gal
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed vmax 
 160 km/h
99 mph
86 kn
Optimal Cruising Speed
130 km/h
81 mph
70 kn
Flight Endurance
18 h
Operational altitude
3.000 m
9,800 ft
WEIGHTS
Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)
 65 kg
143 lbs
Operating Empty Weight (OEW)
 40 kg
88 lbs
Maximum Payload Weight
 10 kg
22 lbs
STANDARD CAPABILITIES
Vertical Take-Off and Landing
Hover Hold Mode
Autonomous Mode
Manual Mode -GCS
Secured Data Link System
TYPICAL MISSION
Civilian
Agriculture, Industry
Military
Border Patrol, Surveillance, Reconnaissance



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TYPICAL MILITARY MISSIONS

Both the unique flight characteristics of CANTAS E and the right combination of an additional payload make our UAV ideal for borders patrolling, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. For example, equipping with high-definition day and night cameras allows to monitor vast areas of borderland and track people and vehicles from 500 to 3 000 m (1 640 ft – 9 840 ft) above the ground. A laser rangefinder helps to determine the distance of the objects and a laser pointer can illuminate a point of interest.

TYPICAL CIVILIAN MISSIONS

Both the autonomous flight mode and the advanced software features (mission planning, on-line re-planning and virtual fence) allow to execute a whole task without a constant supervision of an operator. Thanks to 18 h flight endurance capability, CANTAS E can continuously monitor vast areas, such as fields and forests. CANTAS E can serve as a monitoring tool in various sectors, in particular:

Industry – e.g. pipelines and power lines monitoring
Agriculture – e.g. livestock, water levels or crops monitoring

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MILITARY / LAW ENFORCEMENT APPLICATIONS

RECONNAISSANCE, SURVEILLANCE

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CANTAS types A, E can be ideal for observing tangible structures, particular areas and movements of enemy forces. Objects can be monitored from the maximum height of 3.000 m (9,800 ft) above ground. While observing, CANTAS can simultaneously provide additional information such as weather conditions or terrain maps. Operator can decide whether CANTAS executes a mission autonomously following a predefined path or it is manually controlled. Switching between these two modes during a flight is possible.
Thanks to the 18 h endurance, long-range or long-time missions, such as border patrolling, can be easily accomplished by CANTAS E. Ground control station receives video data as well as telemetry in real time.

APPROPRIATE FEATURES FOR THESE KINDS OF MISSIONS:

– Data link communication between GCS and UAV supporting both the telemetry and the data transfer
– EO Imager – video stream in HD/lower quality, man/vehicle identification, recognition, and detection, target tracking
– IR sensor for night or low-visibility operations
– Monitoring systems (such as special cameras or sensors for radiation, chemical, and explosive detection)

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CIVILIAN APPLICATIONS

CARGO TRANSPORT

CANTAS can carry a payload of 10 kg (22 lbs) and together with a vertical take-off and landing capability, it makes our UAV ideal for transport missions. CANTAS can take-off from any place and quickly and easily reach any landing area. A payload is placed in a capsule which can be optionally adjusted according to your requirements (e.g. cooling box installation). A capability of a fully automatic operational mode and a mission planning feature provide efficient and timely delivery.

CANTAS A is better for short-range flights and/or when the fast transport service is needed.
CANTAS E is better for long-range flights and/or when there is no need for a quick delivery.

APPROPRIATE FEATURES FOR THESE KINDS OF MISSIONS:

– Data link communication between GCS and UAV supporting both the telemetry and the data transfer
– Transport box (regular or with specific features – it might be coolbox, thermoregulated box, etc.)

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AGRICULTURE

Thanks to 18 h endurance, long-range or long-time missions can be easily accomplished by CANTAS E. Autonomous flight mode, mission planning, on-line re-planning, and virtual fence features ensure that CANTAS can execute whole flight without a constant supervision of an operator. Data link range of more than 100 km within a line of sight allows CANTAS to operate also in remote vast areas.

THE POTENTIAL OPTIONS OF THE USE OF CANTAS IN AGRICULTURE INCLUDE:

– Livestock monitoring
– Landscape monitoring – e.g. fields, forests
– Crop health monitoring
– Water levels monitoring
– Anti-poaching

APPROPRIATE FEATURES FOR THESE KINDS OF MISSIONS:

– Data link communication between GCS and UAV supporting both the telemetry and the data transfer
– EO Imager for video stream in HD/lower quality, object identification, recognition, and detection, target tracking
– IR sensor for night or low-visibility operations

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INDUSTRY

Thanks to 18 h endurance, long-range or long-time missions can be easily accomplished by CANTAS E. Autonomous flight mode, mission planning, on-line re-planning, and virtual fence features ensure that CANTAS can execute whole flight without a permanent supervision of an operator. Data link range of more than 100 km within a line of sight allows CANTAS to operate also on remote and vast areas. CANTAS A can quickly respond to any emergency situation in remote areas, while CANTAS E can effectively perform a continuous monitoring for up to 18 hours.

OPTIONS OF THE USE OF CANTAS IN INDUSTRY INCLUDE:

– Geophysical surveys (e.g. geomagnetic surveys for oil, gas, and mineral exploration)
– Pipelines monitoring (seepage, deformation, etc.)
– Dams monitoring (seepage, deformation, etc.)
– Powerlines inspections (abnormal heating detection)
– Building condition monitoring (thermal anomalies)
– Air quality monitoring

APPROPRIATE FEATURES FOR THESE KINDS OF MISSIONS:

– Data link communication supporting both the telemetry and the data transfer
– EO Imager for video stream in HD/lower quality, object identification, recognition and detection
– Infrared thermal imaging system
– Magnetometer
– Air pollution sensor

SEARCH AND RESCUE

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CANTAS can serve as a valuable assistant in search and rescue missions. With high resolution video cameras for surveying, CANTAS can find a missing person and send the exact location to ground control station. Infrared cameras can locate people or animals even in a thick smoke and pinpoint the source of fire. With an image comparison tool it can also provide assessment of damages caused by natural disasters.

CANTAS A can quickly respond to any emergency situation in remote areas, while CANTAS E can effectively perform a continuous searching for as long as 18 hours.

APPROPRIATE FEATURES FOR THESE KINDS OF MISSIONS:

– Data link communication between GCS and UAV supporting both the telemetry and the data transfer
– EO Imager for video stream in HD quality, object identification, recognition, and detection, target tracking
– Infrared thermal imaging system

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SECURED DATA LINK SYSTEM

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Our data link was evolved with the future in mind. Its robust system is essential for both the secured information flow and the reliable UAV remote controlling. An important characteristic of the data link communication system is its technical feasibility to any UAV.
Telemetry and video data transfer between UAV and ground station is ensured through our innovative data link communication system with a range up to 100 km. The information flow is secured through both the telemetry channel and the data communication channel. The telemetry channel (up to 1 GHz, but typically

(430 – 470 MHz) is designed for a bidirectional data flow while the video data communication channel (up to 7 GHz, typically 2.2-2.4 GHz) ensures only one-way data transfer (Air » Ground). At customer’s request, a bandwidth configuration is available. The Advanced Encryption Standard crypt is used for secured data transfer between UAV and GCS. As an AES key size 256 bit is applied, no-one can reach your important data unless you allow it.
Thanks to 100 km (62 mi.) range of communication, you can receive combined data and control your UAV and its payload even in remote areas. Signal receiving is possible from any direction thanks to an antenna system 360° coverage in azimuth.



ON-BOARD UNIT
On-board unit consists of a telemetry transmitter, a data transmitter, a telemetry receiver and antennas.

KEY FEATURES AND BENEFITS

– Communication range up to 100 km (62 mi.)
– Optionally feasible to any UAV
– No additional telecommunication infrastructure
– Data transfer is secured by AES 256 bit
– Three types of ground station configurations

GROUND CONTROL STATION

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SPECIFICATION


Ground control station consists a portable dual-channel diversity receiver with a signal decoder, a transmitter and antenna system. There is no need of additional telecommunication infrastructure to launch our data link. We offer three types of GCS configurations:

Portable box with an option to attach internal or external antennas. This kind of
GCS can operate on batteries, 220 V external power supply or car batteries.
Utilization of high structures for antennas and a signal decoder installation (a building, a mast, etc.)

Specially adjusted truck = mobile GCS

1x MVVS 58 IRS

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Description : 
MVVS 58 IRS
   This engine is first representative of the new top conception developed by MVVS after 2001 and it is the most powerful engine in 60´s engine you may get on the market. Intake is controlled by reed valve placed in rear cover. Exhaust system is orientated on the right side. Crankshaft fitted on 2 ball bearing and connecting rod has both holes equipped with needle bearings INA. Piston is made from aluminum composition with high content of silicium. Piston is coated by special sliding coat, which forces running-in the engine and extend engine service life. Cylinder from aluminum composition has working area coated by NIKASIL. Engine is suitable for all kind of models and also has good designation for racing acrobatic flight.

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Displacement : 
58 cm3
Bore / Stroke : 
42 / 42 mm
Power Output : 
6,8 HP / 6700 RPM
Weight Without Ignition : 
1800 g
Ignition : 
ICU-L electronic, microprocessor    
Ignition Weight : 
190 g
Carburetor : 
Walbro

Engine source: mvvs.cz

2x electric motor MVVS E100

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Source: newspacetechnologies.cz

Beijing is drafting new maritime law - While in Chinese waters any foreign submarine must stay surfaced and display its national flag


Now China Wants All Subs in the South China Sea to Ask Permission, Surface, Show Flag


BY STEVE MOLLMAN

FEBRUARY 21, 2017

Beijing's proposed revisions to maritime law, if adopted, could set up a nuclear naval confrontation with the United States in international waters China claims to own.

Submarines are designed with one primary aim: to travel underwater. But when it comes to foreign vessels operating in the vast waters it claims, China doesn’t much like that idea.

According to state media reports posted last week, Beijing is drafting a revision to the nation’s maritime “traffic safety” law. While in Chinese waters, according to the changes, any foreign submarine would be required to stay surfaced and display its national flag. It would also need to get approval before entering Chinese waters, and report to maritime management authorities. China would reserve the right to bar or expel foreign ships deemed to threaten “traffic safety and order.” Ships entering Chinese waters without approval could be fined more than $70,000.


One big problem: China claims nearly all of the contested South China Sea—with its strategic shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds, and oil and gas deposits—as its own territory, based on its nine-dash line. That claim was shot down last July by an international tribunal ruling under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). But Beijing is sticking with it.

Another problem is that what most countries consider international waters, China views more as territorial waters.

Under prevailing international norms laid out by UNCLOS, a country’s territorial sea extends out 12 nautical miles (22 km, 14 miles) from the coast. Here a country is free to set laws and regulate use, though a foreign military vessel can still make “innocent passage” whereby it does nothing threatening and carries on its way.

After that is a contiguous zone (another 12 nautical miles) where a nation can continue setting some laws. Beyond that is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Extending out 200 nautical miles (370 km, 230 miles), the EEZ is considered to be international waters under UNCLOS, though within it a nation has sole rights to extract natural resources from the waters (for example, fish) and below the seabed (including oil and natural gas).

China is among a small group of nations that interprets UNCLOS to mean (pdf, p. 16) it can regulate foreign military vessels within its EEZ. Under the proposed rules revisions, foreign submarines would be prohibited from serving their purpose well beyond China’s coastal waters and throughout most of the South China Sea.

“China’s waters are open to foreign ships as long as they do not damage the waters’ safety, order, or China’s sovereignty,” Yang Cuibai, a law professor at Sichuan University, told the Global Times. China, he added, should take the lead in establishing legal order in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, and the South China Sea. According to the hawkish tabloid, the revisions will take effect in 2020.

Beijing would likely ignore any international rulings or statements against the new regulations, just as it dismissed the tribunal’s decision last July.

China wouldn’t necessarily enforce its new rules immediately. In 2013, Beijing declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, requiring foreign aircraft—even if in international airspace—to identify themselves to Chinese authorities. The country has done little to enforce the ADIZ, but establishing it was an important first step that will make enforcement—when it comes—somewhat easier for Beijing to justify.

Likewise, the proposed submarine rules might go unenforced for years, until they are eventually used as justification for interfering with foreign vessels.

Original post: defenseone.com

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Sunday, 26 February 2017

Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million for Production of AH-1Z "Viper" Target Sight System


Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million to Continue Production of Target Sight System


22 Feb, 17, Source: Lockheed Martin

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $150 million in follow-on production contracts to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter.

Under the contracts, Lockheed Martin will produce TSS Lot 13 and Lot 14. The award also contains options for TSS Lots 15 and 16, which would bring the total in follow-on production contracts to $284.6 million with all options exercised. Work will be completed in Orlando and Ocala, Florida.

“The advanced capabilities and proven reliability of TSS provide the U.S. Marine Corps with a technological combat edge,” said Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/SOF CLSS at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Its long-range precision strike capability significantly enhances the helicopter’s lethality and aircrew survivability.”

Since 2008, Lockheed Martin has provided the U.S. Marine Corps with more than 100 TSS units. Production and sustainment efforts for TSS are ongoing through 2026.

Original post: helihub.com


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Saturday, 25 February 2017

UAE may buy 12 more Iomax 'Archangel'



IDEX 2017: UAE eyes additional Archangels


23rd February 2017 - 14:00 by Grant Turnbull in Abu Dhabi

After successful deployment to Yemen and other regional hotspots, the United Arab Emirates is expected to place even more orders for the US-built Iomax 'Archangel' counter-insurgency aircraft.

The penultimate aircraft from a 24-aircraft order placed two years ago was on display at this year's IDEX in Abu Dhabi, with the final aircraft expected to be delivered to the UAE next month from the company's North Carolina plant.

A total of 12 additional aircraft – based on the Thrush 710P agricultural aircraft – could be ordered soon to bolster the Archangel fleet, according to Jim Toole, Iomax's chief technology officer.

'They will hopefully buy 12 more, but they haven't done it yet,' said Toole, indicating this batch would have a larger horizontal stabiliser and lower weight. 'It's the platform of choice for air-to-ground precision strike and long-endurance.'

Before the UAE ordered the Archangel, the country had been operating 24 armed Air Tractor AT-802 border patrol (BP) aircraft that had also been converted by Iomax. Despite sharing a similar appearance to the AT-802, the Archangel uses a slightly different airframe supplied by Thrush Aircraft instead.

Six of those AT-802 aircraft – the first to be converted by Iomax in Orlando, Florida – are now with Jordan, which is interested in upgrading the AT-802's weapon systems to the Archangel standard.

The Archangel aircraft has six dual-weapon hard points, three on each wing, that can carry 1,000lbs each including a variety of weapon systems and pods. At IDEX, the UAE aircraft included two Hellfire missiles, two CIRIT quad-pack launcher systems (QPLS), and two mock laser-guided GBU-58 Paveway II bombs.

An interesting addition to each wing's outboard weapon pylons was two Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability Equipment (MASE) pods, which provides 360 degree coverage against man-portable air defence (MANPAD) weapons.

Twenty-four pairs of MASE pods have been acquired by the UAE, providing an expedited self-protection capability for the Archangel. A future upgrade could see a fully-integrated self-protection suite fitted, freeing up the two outer stations for additional weapon stores.

Expanding more on how the UAE pilots use the aircraft on operations, Toole said that a favoured tactic is to fly night operations at medium altitude, where the aircraft is virtually invisible to those on the ground.

Pilots will then deploy weapon systems from altitude to strike enemy positions. The inertial-guided CIRIT – made by Turkish company Roketsan – can be fired out to targets several kilometres away and in its terminal phase is guided by a semi-active laser, similar to the Hellfire.

At 7,800lb empty and max gross take-off weight at 14,800lb, the aircraft is unlikely to be fully loaded with weapons on missions as it would adversely affect range.

Toole indicated that the Raytheon-developed Talon guided rocket, built in the UAE, would also be integrated in the near future.

A laser designation capability is provided by a Wescam MX-15D sensor turret, mounted on an underbelly pod. The MX-15 also provides high-definition day/night sensor capabilities including thermal and low-light cameras for ISR missions.

The avionics suite is a customised Esterline CHC Cockpit 4000, which gives a fully-digital glass cockpit configuration similar to high-end fighter aircraft.


Original post: shephardmedia.com


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