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Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as "eyes in the sky" to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as "eyes in the sky" to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace


SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire


Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

"Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services," said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. "However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem's safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized."

Equipped with Fortem TrueView radar, DroneHunter includes an autonomous guidance system and an open command and control platform to detect, identify and tow away hostile drones within a secured geo-fenced perimeter. DroneHunter notifies authorized personnel of potential aerial threats in real time. The command center ground station provides monitoring and manual intervention override options to meet situational requirements.


The Fortem DroneHunter Platform

DroneHunter is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that operates autonomously and provides an onboard autopilot and navigation system, and optional 4K camera for real-time video. DroneHunter operates on multiple UAV platforms. The most popular models are light (under 16 lbs.), compact and easy to transport.

The Fortem Netgun effectively captures its target and can be configured for single or multiple shots. For higher speed targets, the Fortem Drape Net autonomously blocks fast-moving drones before they reach restricted areas or no fly zones.


Fortem TrueView Radar

Fortem TrueView Radar is at the heart of DroneHunter, and provides advanced detection, classification and monitoring, day and night and in all ground and weather conditions including smoke, clouds, fog and smog.

The DroneHunter system is available today for defense and federal government customers.


About Fortem Technologies

Fortem Technologies is an innovator in AI-enabled airspace security and safety. Fortem delivers military-tested, commercially available solutions that alert, identify and classify drones and other unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) in real time. Based in Salt Lake City, UT, the company is privately held and backed by Signia Venture Partners and Data Collective. More at www.fortemtech.com

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5 novembre 2015 4 05 /11 /novembre /2015 08:20
photo Lockheed Martin

photo Lockheed Martin


Nov 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin


Vector Hawk to support canister and hand launch requirements for U.S. forces


Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was awarded a $4.6 million contract from the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) for the continued development of a maritime canister-launched small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS). “We are extending our sUAS capabilities to tactical maritime users with the Vector Hawk’s innovative canister deployment and launch ability,” said Jay McConville, Lockheed Martin director of business development for Unmanned Solutions.

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29 octobre 2015 4 29 /10 /octobre /2015 08:45
Protea is demo platform for Camcopter

Protea is demo platform for Camcopter


28 October 2015 by defenceWeb


Last week saw Austrian company Schiebel successfully undertake trials with its Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS) using the SA Navy hydrographic vessel, SAS Protea, in False Bay.


In a statement the Austrian manufacturer, which also produces a range of defence and humanitarian products, said: “The maritime environment hold unique demands for both situational awareness and timely communications. The Camcopter S-100 is an asset that meets these requirements, specifically with its ability to persistently extend the electronic ears and eyes of maritime commanders to operational ranges well beyond those on sensors on board.


“The SA Navy as well as representatives of other South African government authorities had the opportunity to see these capabilities for themselves at sea offshore Naval Base Simon’s town.


The S-100 conducted all flights from the aft deck of the SAS Protea, a Hecla class deep-ocean hydrographic survey vessel. Turbulent head and crosswinds beyond 25 knots, limited deck size as well as lack of NATO landing grid represented exceptional challenges during the trials.


The unmanned helicopter effortlessly conducted automatic take-offs and landings and all other required manoeuvres, thanks to its integrated GPS-independent positioning system, enabling pinpoint precision at a high dynamic range.


During the trials the payload chosen and demonstrated was the Selex ES SAGE Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system, allowing the Camcopter S-100 to detect, identify and geo-locate radio frequency sources while routinely operating out to 200 km or remaining on-station for periods of more than six hours.


“This system provides the right support for maritime surveillance missions or anti-piracy operations in which the SA Navy is interested,” the Vienna headquartered company said.


Camcopter is a rotary-winged vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAS that needs no specially prepared area or supporting launch or recovery equipment. It can operate 24/7 with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 300km, on land and at sea.


The S-100 navigates via pre-programmed GPS waypoints or is operated with a pilot control unit. Missions are planned and controlled via a point-and-click graphic user interface. High-definition payload imagery is transmitted to the control station in real time. Using "fly-by-wire" technology controlled by a triple-redundant flight computer, the UAS can complete its mission automatically. Its carbon fibre and titanium fuselage provides capacity for a wide range of payload/endurance combinations up to a service ceiling of 18,000 foot. In its standard configuration, the Camcopter S-100 carries a 34 kg payload up to 10 hours and is powered by either Avgas or heavy fuel.

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15 octobre 2015 4 15 /10 /octobre /2015 16:20
photo US Navy

photo US Navy


14 October, 2015 by Stephen Trimble -- FG


Washington DC - Logos Technologies will develop a highly advanced sensor suite for the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack unmanned air system under an $18.2 million contract awarded by the US Office of Naval Research.


The Virginia-based contractor must develop and integrate four different sensors into a package that fits within the 17.8kg (39lb) maximum payload limit of the RQ-21, a small tactical unmanned air system operated by the US Navy and Marine Corps and foreign militaries. The sensor suite will include an electro-optical camera, wide area imager, short wave infrared hyperspectral imager and a high-resolution camera for use as an inspection sensor, according to the contract award

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15 octobre 2015 4 15 /10 /octobre /2015 12:50
Thales’s Watchkeeper achieves another first in aviation history


October 15, 2015 Thales Group


Thales announced that for the first time, Watchkeeper Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was successfully flown alongside manned aircraft in controlled civil airspace. Watchkeeper, the only certified platform of its class able to undertake such a flight, was central to the success of the trial.


Key points

  • First flight for an UAS in non-segregated air space, alongside commercial aircraft.

  • Watchkeeper is the only airworthy UAS of its class certified to fly in both civilian airspace and restricted military airspace.

  • The Project CLAIRE flight demonstration is a collaborative effort under Europe’s SESAR UAS demonstration programme.


The flight took place on Wednesday 30 September and saw Watchkeeper fly from West Wales Airport into civil controlled airspace for an hour, where it was successfully managed by NATS, the UK air navigation services provider, for the first time.

The flight forms part of Project CLAIRE, a collaboration between Thales, NATS, the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory NLR, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and was joint funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking.

This new breakthrough is once more an innovative step for Watchkeeper, the largest single European UAS programme, having already been the first UAS of its type to be awarded a Release to Service (RTS) or equivalent in Europe.

Its type assurance and certification allows Watchkeeper to fly in non-segregated airspace, a certification pedigree that is transferable to regulatory authorities within other NATO member countries and the European Aviation Safety Agency. 

Using Watchkeeper, this aviation first will help develop the necessary operational and regulatory conditions to support a growing need for unmanned aircraft system to be used in commercial, search and rescue, homeland security tasks, critical infrastructure and border protection.

Air Commodore Pete Grinsted, Head of Unmanned Air Systems Team at the MOD’s Defence, Equipment and Support organisation, said: “This is a landmark achievement for UK aviation history and the Watchkeeper programme, and was only possible thanks to a collaborative approach involving Thales, CAA, NATS and the MOD. 

“The successful flight is the result of months of systematic planning to ensure Watchkeeper was safely controlled by UK Air Traffic Control agencies at all times. This is also an exciting step on the path to safely integrating military and civilian unmanned air systems into civilian airspace over the coming years.”

This flight together with the successful delivery of Watchkeeper into service demonstrates how Watchkeeper X, our tactical product, based on the British Watchkeeper programme, provides a strong solution to  meet the requirements of both France’s UAS programme and Poland’s Gryf Tactical UAS programme. 


“Thales is providing the first and only, completely Unmanned Aircraft System that is certified to fly through non-segregated airspace. Thales is proud to be involved in the Project CLAIRE flight demonstration and the challenge of safely integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into controlled civilian airspace. Watchkeeper is a uniquely capable system, which is leading the way in the evolution and regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems."

Pierre Eric Pommellet, Thales Executive Vice-President, Defence Mission Systems


Notes to editors
SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) was set up to modernise and harmonise ATM systems through the definition, development and deployment of innovative technological and operational solutions. Established in 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) is a public-private partnership which pools the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate SESAR Solutions. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SJU currently has 15 members who together with their partners and affiliate associations represent over 80 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SJU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators, and the scientific community. In 2014, the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), comprised of air navigation service providers, airlines and the SESAR-related Deployment Airport Operators Group (SDAG), coordinates the implementation of the EU’s Pilot Common Project, the first set of SESAR Solutions to be deployed in a synchronised and timely manner across Europe.

Project CLAIRE is one of several demonstrations co-funded by the SESAR Joint Undertaking aimed at safely integrating UAS into the European ATM system. www.sesarju.eu; www.sesardeploymentmanager.eu

About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.


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21 septembre 2015 1 21 /09 /septembre /2015 07:50
Giraffe AMB - photo Saab

Giraffe AMB - photo Saab


Sept 15, 2015 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Saab AB; issued Sept 14, 2015)


Defence and security company Saab has demonstrated and proven an improved capability for its Giraffe AMB radar to detect low, slow and small targets. This ‘Enhanced Low, Slow and Small’ (ELSS) function allows the Giraffe AMB to undertake dedicated counter-Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operations, while conducting its full suite of regular air surveillance functions.


The new ELSS function was demonstrated in April during a UK-government sponsored trial to test and evaluate radar performance against demanding air targets in a complex environment. Known as ‘Bristow 15’ and conducted over the ranges at West Freugh, in Scotland, the trial is thought to be the only one of its kind held outside the USA.


Over six days more than 100 UAS sorties were flown against the radar, in multiple launches of up to six vehicles at a time. The Giraffe AMB showed unparalleled performance against low, slow and small airborne targets. Despite hundreds of birds and a demanding background of sea and ground clutter, the Giraffe AMB consistently detected, classified and tracked low, slow and small UAS vehicles flying increasingly complex tactical profiles. At the same time, the Giraffe AMB provided full, conventional air surveillance in its regular modes.


“Saab now offers ELSS as part of the Giraffe capability range. This gives a unique performance range from small slow UAVs, to rockets and mortars, to more traditional air targets, but all at the same time,” says Anders Linder, head of business unit Surface Radar Solutions, Saab.


With remarkable accuracy the ELSS function automatically finds and classifies low, slow and small targets; as slow and small as the quadcopter UAS vehicles typically flown by hobbyists. During the Bristow 15 trials, targets had a radar cross section as small as 0.001 sq metres. Saab’s ELSS function pushes the boundaries of small target detection, combines that with the latest in tracking technology and novel target classification techniques and wraps it up with a newly- designed, purpose-built human machine interface concept.


Although it was demonstrated on this occasion with the Giraffe AMB, the ELSS function can now be implemented on all Saab Giraffe radars. This means the Giraffe family of radars uniquely provides a simultaneous capability to detect and classify all kinds of air vehicles from ballistic missiles to the very small UAS.

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17 septembre 2015 4 17 /09 /septembre /2015 16:35
Black Hornet - photo UK MoD

Black Hornet - photo UK MoD


17 September 2015 Ministry of Defence and Philip Dunne MP


The MOD is bringing two Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) used to protect troops in Afghanistan into its core equipment programme.


Contracts worth approximately £23M have been placed for the Black Hornet and Desert Hawk 3 systems, which were used on operations to provide surveillance and intelligence for troops on the ground.

Both systems are unmanned. The Black Hornet, which is palm-sized, provided real-time video and snapshot images while Desert Hawk 3, which is battery-powered and weighs only 8lbs (3.6kg), gathers intelligence, and provides reconnaissance and surveillance.

Defence Minister Philip Dunne said:

Black Hornet and Desert Hawk proved their worth in Afghanistan, providing essential intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to our troops. The introduction of Black Hornet was a significant milestone in the development of our unmanned aerial systems as we were the first nation to use a rapidly deployable “nano” UAS solution for our Armed Forces.

Unmanned and remotely-piloted air systems are increasingly important in today’s operational environment and our protected Defence budget and £160 billion equipment plan has allowed us to bring both Black Hornet and Desert Hawk into our core programme.

Chief of Materiel (Air) at the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support Organisation, Air Marshal Simon Bollom, said:

This is a world-class capability and tremendous asset providing local situational awareness to troops on the ground. Therefore, bringing these proven systems into core will provide our Armed Forces with an invaluable addition to their surveillance and intelligence gathering operations.


Desert Hawk 3 UAS (Unmanned Air System) - photo UK MoD

Desert Hawk 3 UAS (Unmanned Air System) - photo UK MoD

MOD recently awarded a contract extension to Marlborough Communications Limited to support Black Hornet through to its Out of Service Date in 2017, while Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has also been awarded a contract to support the Desert Hawk 3 programme. Both achieved Full Operating Capability (FOC) last month.

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15 juin 2015 1 15 /06 /juin /2015 16:50
photo Thales / Seymour

photo Thales / Seymour

15 juin 2015 by Thales Group


Watchkeeper is currently the world's most sophisticated tactical ISTAR system and Europe's largest UAS programme.

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8 avril 2015 3 08 /04 /avril /2015 11:50
Zephyr UAS - Eco-friendly, yet powerful

6 avr. 2015 Airbus DS


Zephyr is a High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) UAS/UAV which runs on solar power. This unmanned aircraft provides local satellite-like services. It endures like a satellite, focuses like an aircraft and is cheaper than either of them.

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13 février 2015 5 13 /02 /février /2015 08:35
Bird-Eye 400 photo IAI

Bird-Eye 400 photo IAI


Feb 11, 2015 Defence-Update


The agreement covers local production of IAI's Bird-Eye 400 and Bird-Eye 650 mini UAS as well as other mini-unmanned aerial systems


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and India’s Alpha Design Technologies have signed a teaming agreement for the production and marketing of mini-Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in India to accommodate the operational needs of Indian customers. Potential customers in India include security agencies and all defense organizations including police forces, coastguard and Border Security Forces (BSF).


According to Shaul Shahar, IAI VP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group, the agreement with Alpha follows India’s policy for ‘Buy and make India’. “The important vision of ‘Make in India’ is being made fully effective by this joint effort. Alpha will meet the huge market in India and will examine further, later exports by Alpha, through IAI to various countries”. Col. H. S. Shankar, Chairman & Managing Director, Alpha Design Technologies Private Limited, added.


The agreement covers local production of IAI’s Bird-Eye 400 and Bird-Eye 650 mini UAS as well as other mini-unmanned aerial systems. Production of the systems will take place in India, while the marketing will be a joint effort of the two companies. Alpha Alpha will also provide integration of the systems in India, with IAI’s support.

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15 janvier 2015 4 15 /01 /janvier /2015 08:55
Robotique aérienne


14.01.2015 - Aerospace Lab Journal - ONERA


Le huitième numéro d'AerospaceLab, la revue électronique internationale éditée par l'ONERA, est en ligne et traite de robotique aérienne. A consulter sur www.aerospacelab-journal.org


Depuis un certain nombre d'années, on assiste à l'émergence de petits véhicules aériens sans pilote à bord, utilisés notamment pour des applications d'inspection ou de surveillance.

Avec les progrès constants en terme de miniaturisation et réduction des coûts des composants électroniques tels que centrales inertielles, capteurs de vision, ou microprocesseurs, de petits engins aériens pesant seulement quelques kilos peuvent maintenant bénéficier des avancées technologiques qui n'étaient jusqu'alors accessibles que pour des avions classiques. Ceci va permettre le développement d'engins beaucoup plus sophistiqués, dotés de fortes capacités de perception et d'action.

Les sept premiers numéros, toujours accessibles, portaient respectivement sur :

  • le diagnostic optique des écoulements
  • les plates-formes de calcul pour la dynamique des fluides
  • les matériaux haute température
  • la maîtrise de la complexité le foudroiement des avions
  • les hélicoptères et des lanceurs
  • le contrôle d’écoulement en aérodynamique
  • l'aéroacoustique

Le neuvième numéro, prévu pour juin 2015, sera dédié à la prédiction de la durée de vie des matériaux et structures. Pour consulter la revue : http://www.aerospacelab-journal.org/

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8 janvier 2015 4 08 /01 /janvier /2015 17:20
Northrop Claims New Record for Global Hawk UAV

Jan 8, 2015 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: Northrop Grumman; issued Jan 7, 2015)

High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Series Sets New Flight Record

SAN DIEGO --- The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk and other variants of Northrop Grumman Corporation's High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) series continued to prove their value to U.S. government agencies by flying more intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission hours in one week than ever before.

The UAS series flew 781 hours from Sept. 10-16. The Air Force's RQ-4 Global Hawk flew 87 percent of the missions; the U.S. Navy's Broad Area Maritime Surveillance- Demonstration (BAMS-D) aircraft and NASA's Global Hawk hurricane research asset flew the rest. HALE's far-reaching weekly record surpasses the company's previous weekly flight record of 665 hours set in February.

"There are at least two Global Hawks in the air at all times providing indispensable ISR information to those that need it," said Mick Jaggers, Global Hawk UAS program director, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. "The 2014 fiscal year was the most active yet for the Global Hawk, with a 40 percent year over year increase in flight hours."

Within weeks of the record, Northrop Grumman delivered two new RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft to the Air Force. A wide area surveillance model arrived at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota, on Sept. 10 and Beale Air Force Base. received a multi-INT model Oct. 3.

The increases in flight hours and size of the fleet will give combatant commanders more ISR capabilities at a time when demand often outstrips aircraft availability.

Manufactured at Northrop Grumman facilities in Moss Point, Mississippi, and Palmdale, these latest RQ-4 Global Hawk models complete a four aircraft buy by the Air Force and brings the Air Force's total Global Hawk fleet to 33. In August, the Air Force signed an agreement requesting three more Global Hawks. Those aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017.

Northrop Grumman's HALE UAS series have exceeded more than 130,000 total flight hours. An average of 75 percent of flight hours are in support of combat/operational missions.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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12 novembre 2014 3 12 /11 /novembre /2014 07:20
Pentagon Seeks Aircraft-based Drones for Future Missions


Nov. 11, 2014 By RAY LOCKER, USA TODAY – Defense News


The Pentagon is looking for ways to base multiple unmanned drones aboard larger aircraft, from which the drones will depart and return after they fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in hard-to-reach areas, according to a new request from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


The request for information released over the weekend seeks drones that would be based on larger aircraft, such as B-52 or B-1 bombers or C-130 transport planes, to cite a few examples. The smaller drones would then fly from the larger planes, conduct their missions and return to the aircraft, which would then be able to fly away from potentially contested airspace.


“The agency envisions a large aircraft that, with minimal modification, could launch and recover multiple small unmanned systems from a standoff distance,” the request for information says.


Drones are continuing to play a larger role in US military and intelligence operations, including flights over Africa and the Middle East in search of terrorist groups.


DARPA’s latest request is part of a series of research programs aimed at developing aircraft and weapons that will enable US forces to cover large distances to get to coastal and other regions that are often protected by rival forces.


Earlier this year, DARPA released requests for long-range, anti-ship missiles that would break down the defenses of potential rivals such as China and Iran, as well as underwater drones that would be based aboard larger submarines. Another DARPA plan would enable multiple drones to communicate with each other autonomously without a central station on the ground.

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4 novembre 2014 2 04 /11 /novembre /2014 17:35
Comment Pékin peut pulvériser les petits drones

Sécurité La Chine a mis au point une arme laser capable de détruire en vol des drones légers


03/11/2014 latribune.fr 


La Chine a trouvé une parade à la menace des petits drones qui survolent des sites protégés. Pékin a développé une arme laser capable de détruire en vol des drones légers.


La solution est radicale... mais efficace. Alors que des drones continuent de survoler des centrales nucléaires françaises, la Chine a mis au point une arme laser capable de détruire en vol des drones légers, a rapporté lundi la presse, quelques jours avant le forum de l'Asie-Pacifique pour lequel Pékin renforce ses mesures de sécurité. Ce dispositif a un rayon d'action de deux kilomètres et peut atteindre une petite cible aérienne, évoluant à basse altitude, moins de cinq secondes après l'avoir localisée, a précisé l'agence Chine nouvelle en citant un communiqué de l'Académie d'ingénierie de Chine.

Les médias d'Etat ont diffusé des photographies du système, composé d'un gros cube mobile, recouvert d'une peinture motif camouflage, sur lequel est fixé un canon émettant le faisceau laser. L'agence Chine nouvelle a aussi publié des clichés d'épaves de drones, détruits en vol.


Un système de défense clé

Ce système de défense est appelé à jouer un rôle clé à l'occasion d'événements majeurs organisés dans les sites urbains, a-t-elle ajouté. Pékin accueille la semaine prochaine le Forum de coopération économique Asie-Pacifique (Apec), une réunion au sommet pour laquelle la capitale chinoise s'apprête à fortement renforcer ses mesures de sécurité.

Comment Pékin peut pulvériser les petits drones
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10 octobre 2014 5 10 /10 /octobre /2014 06:20
Much Ado about "Killer" Drones

9 Oct.,2014 by Lazarus - informationdissemination.net

The recent successful test of a swarm of U.S. small boats for escort duties has again triggered questions regarding the use of “killer” drone vehicles. Antiwar groups, legal scholars and even the United Nations have taken strong stands against the use of so-called “killer robots” by the United States. Although many of these protests stem from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), there is a developing general unhappiness with drone units. This is unfortunate since unmanned vehicles represent the best means for the U.S. and other Western states to increase their military capabilities against the threat of rising or rouge states bent on aggressive activity. Much of the public mistrust of drones has been shaped by science fiction stories and films rather than science fact. Drones have in fact been a distinct part of warfare since the development of mine. Finally, while platforms with unfortunate names like the Predator and Reaper have become the demon “poster children” of drone warfare, there are many other well developed and controlled offensive and defensive applications of drone units that cannot be ignored by U.S. and Western military planners.


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9 octobre 2014 4 09 /10 /octobre /2014 12:20
Unmanned-Aircraft Industry Divided Over New Name for Drones: Reports


MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti)


The unmanned aircraft industry rejects the term "drone" claiming it is technically inaccurate, however companies are divided on a new name for the devices, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

"We need another name for it, but I'm not sure what that new name should be," venture-capital executive Zack Porter was quoted as saying by WSJ.

According to the newspaper, unmanned-aircraft developers believe the term "drone" gives the devices a poor militaristic reputation. Alternative names include UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), UAS (unmanned aircraft system), RPA (remotely piloted aircraft), RPAS (unmanned aircraft system), or simply, robot. One patent attorney, John Mulcahy, has suggested the term "crone" for commercial drones.

Michael Toscano, chief executive for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International said the term drone makes most people think "weaponized, hostile, large and autonomous," and prefers the name UAS since it encompasses the entire system, including "the technology on the ground with the human at the controls," according to The Wall Street Journal.

However, the former general counsel of the unmanned aircraft trade group, Ben Gielow rejected any name using the misleading term "unmanned" and stated, "We have to stop defining the technology by what it's not. They used to call the car a horseless carriage," the newspaper reported.

Some companies have settled on names for their devices, like Wasp, TigerShark, Predator and Reaper, while others have created names based on how many propellers they have. The US military is also divided on the matter with the Navy using UAV, the Coast Guard calling them UAS, and the Air Force calling them RPA. The Federal Aviation Administration and Congress have agreed upon the name of UAS for the devices in legislation and official documents.

There are others in the industry that are not opposed to the word, claiming more people are familiar with the term "drone" than any other name. According to data from Google Trends, searches for "drone" exceed any alternative names and has remained the most popular name for the devices since 2010.

The name "drone" was first coined in 1935 by the British Royal Navy who began using unmanned aircraft as aerial targets for shooting practice following developments in the United States. The United Kingdom named its device the Queen Bee which led to the Navy calling its targets "drones," the term for male bees. Evidence of the media using the term has been traced to 1946 when Popular Science reported on the devices.

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1 octobre 2014 3 01 /10 /octobre /2014 07:50
Watchkeeper - Army's next generation of Unmanned Air System

30 sept. 2014  British Army


The Army’s next generation of Unmanned Air System (UAS) - Watchkeeper - is now fully operational in Afghanistan.

Gathering crucial information from the battlefield, Watchkeeper, which is unarmed, will provide UK troops with life-saving surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence. It will also give personnel on the ground greater situational awareness, helping to reduce the risk of threats.

Read the full story: http://www.army.mod.uk/news/26578.aspx

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24 septembre 2014 3 24 /09 /septembre /2014 16:50
Orbiter 2B unmanned air systems (UAS) - photo Aeronautics Defense Systems

Orbiter 2B unmanned air systems (UAS) - photo Aeronautics Defense Systems


24.09.2014 By: Arie Egozi – FG


Tel Aviv - Aeronautics Defense Systems is in the process of supplying a second batch of Orbiter 2B unmanned air systems (UAS) to the Finnish army.


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20 septembre 2014 6 20 /09 /septembre /2014 07:20
MQ4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System Completes First Cross-Country Flight

19 sept. 2014 All Hands Update

The MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System completes its first cross-country flight.

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12 septembre 2014 5 12 /09 /septembre /2014 07:20
GA Wins $41M for New Reaper Requirements


Sept 11, 2014 defense-unmanned.com

(Source: US Department of Defense; issued Sept 10, 2014)


General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, has been awarded a $40,906,190 cost-plus-fixed-fee order (0033) on contract FA8620-10-G-3038 for development of requirements description documents for the MQ-9 Reaper Block 1 Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and the MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 UAS with the 904.6.0 system/software release.


Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an expected completion date of Sept. 8, 2017. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2012 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $40,906,190 are being obligated at the time of award.


The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

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8 juillet 2014 2 08 /07 /juillet /2014 20:50
crédits ONERA

crédits ONERA


02.07.2014 defnat.fr


Tribune par Patrice Mariotte, Président du directoire de la société TELERAD, PME technologique française (systèmes radio utilisés dans le contrôle de la navigation aérienne), et Bruno Grossières, en charge du développement commercial du secteur Défense de TELERAD.


L’apparition du premier aéronef sans pilote remonte probablement aux années 1930 avec le DH82 Queen Bee Tiger Moth, avion-cible utilisé par la Royal Navy pour ses exercices de tir anti-aérien. Depuis, les évolutions technologiques ont transformé les drones en outils incontournables pour les coeurs de systèmes stratégiques militaires et civils.


Si l’appellation « drone » (bourdon) semble trouver son origine par l’analogie avec le Queen Bee (reine des abeilles) les aéronefs sans pilote sont également connus sous l’acronyme UAV (Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle ou véhicule aérien inhabité). Les termes UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) aux États-Unis ou RPAS (Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems) en Europe sont plus particulièrement utilisés pour désigner des systèmes complets (l’aéronef lui-même, associé aux moyens périphériques destinés à le mettre en oeuvre).


La population de drones ne répond pas à des normes spécifiques comme le fait l’aviation traditionnelle. Extrêmement hétérogènes (taille, masse, propulsion, technologie), ces systèmes UAS ou RPAS proposent un impressionnant catalogue de possibilités (surveillance, transport, détection, protection d’infrastructures, recherche, etc.). Cependant, leur utilisation est fortement limitée par l’obligation d’évoluer exclusivement en espace aérien approprié, c’est-à-dire « ségrégué » (en zones réservées, restreintes et temporaires).


Le succès économique de ce nouveau type d’aéronef dépend donc tout particulièrement de sa future intégration sans restriction dans la circulation aérienne générale, dans un espace non « ségrégué ». Ce qui, à l’heure du « Ciel unique européen », représente un véritable défi. Cette intégration ne pourra être réalisée qu’au moyen de la mise en place de règles de sécurité adaptées, ainsi que grâce au développement de technologies adéquates.


En Europe, la SESAR JU (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking) dont l’objectif est de développer un système européen de gestion du trafic aérien et des standards techniques, a publié en juin 2013 une feuille de route visant l’intégration des RPAS civils dans l’espace aérien libre. Dans le domaine militaire, une feuille de route des systèmes RPAS a également été approuvée en novembre 2013. Par ailleurs, l’Agence européenne de Défense (AED) a établi un cadre programmatique pour développer les technologies nécessaires aux drones militaires, le « Joint Investment Programme on RPAS ».


La problématique n’est pas seulement européenne : l’intégration des UAS dans le « National Airspace System » (NAS) est également au coeur de l’actualité aéronautique des États-Unis. Ainsi, une feuille de route a été publiée par la FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) en novembre 2013. Via la PBFA (Policy Board on Federal Aviation) et l’Excom (UAS executive comitee), le Département de la Défense (DOD) travaille en étroite collaboration avec la FAA sur l’accès des drones militaires aux espaces aériens non-ségrégués.


Les RPAS civils et le ciel unique européen


Le « Ciel unique européen » constitue l’un des projets les plus ambitieux de recherche-développement jamais lancé par la Commission européenne. Le programme SESAR en est le pilier technologique et opérationnel.


L’intégration des drones n’était pas explicitement prévue dans les phases initiales de ce programme mais face à une demande croissante de ces nouveaux usagers de l’espace aérien, le Groupe de pilotage européen des drones aériens (The European Remotely Piloted Air Systems Steering Group ERSG) a été mis en place par la Commission européenne en 2012. Ce groupe de pilotage est à l’origine d’une feuille de route, publiée à l’occasion du Salon aéronautique du Bourget en 2013, et ayant pour objectif une intégration initiale dans le système aérien à partir de 2016.


Cette feuille de route considère les systèmes drones RPAS civils, quelle que soit leur taille, comme des aéronefs. Cependant, le spectre des applications pour lesquelles les systèmes drones peuvent être utilisés étant plus large que celui de l’aviation commerciale traditionnelle, il est donc nécessaire, pour une intégration en toute sécurité dans les espaces aériens non-ségrégués de mener parallèlement plusieurs niveaux de réflexion. Ainsi, trois volets de travaux ont été identifiés : le volet développement de la réglementation sous la responsabilité de l’EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), le volet R&D pour l’intégration à l’espace aérien confié à SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) et le volet traitant des aspects légaux sociétaux géré par la Commission européenne.


L’intégration dans l’espace aérien non-ségrégué sera progressive et établie en fonction des profils de vols typiques à chaque catégorie d’exploitation.


Au-dessous de 150 mètres d’altitude


Tout d’abord seront établies les conditions d’utilisation des drones à très bas niveau de vol, en dessous de 150 mètres d’altitude. On parle alors de Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) pour une utilisation de drone avec un rayon d’action inférieur à 500 mètres. Au-delà de 500 mètres, apparaissent les notions de RPAS avec l’Extended VLOS (E-VLOS) nécessitant des moyens de contact entre des observateurs et le pilote du drone, ou le Beyond VLOS (B-VLOS) pour les vols nécessitant un soutien technologique additionnel.


Au-dessus de 150 mètres d’altitude


L’exploitation des drones sera réalisée en espace non ségrégué et donc partagés avec les autres aéronefs. Dans ce cas on distinguera les RPAS « radio lineof- sight », dont la capacité clé sera le « detect and avoid », et les RPAS « Beyond radio line-of-sight » utilisant un lien de communication par satellite pour la commande et le contrôle. Dans tous les cas, le système RPAS doit être capable d’opérer dans un espace aérien mixte, à l’identique des avions pilotés, que ce soit en IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) ou en VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Il ne doit pas avoir un impact sur les autres utilisateurs de l’espace aérien et doit être en conformité vis-à-vis de la réglementation CNS (Communication Navigation Surveillance) selon la classe de l’espace aérien dans lequel il évolue.


Afin de prendre en compte la complexité de cette intégration qui nécessite l’émergence de nouvelles technologies et l’étude de nouvelles normes, la feuille de route propose trois sous-niveaux d’intégration pour chaque catégorie : l’exploitation initiale, l’intégration elle-même, puis l’évolution. Suite à ce processus, l’intégration finale des systèmes RPAS au-dessus de 150 mètres en espace aérien non ségrégué se dessine respectivement aux horizons 2023 et 2028 pour les vols IFR et VFR.


Dans le contexte de cette intégration des systèmes RPAS en espace multiavions, neufs projets mettant en oeuvre des drones de différents types et de différentes tailles ont été sélectionnés par SESAR JU. Ces projets ont pour objectifs d’explorer la faisabilité de l’intégration au sein d’une communauté d’aviation élargie en 2016 et de se focaliser sur des résultats concrets permettant de combler les écarts opérationnels et techniques. Ils doivent également permettre d’identifier les synergies ainsi que les risques et possibilités offertes vis-à-vis du programme SESAR.


Par ailleurs la SESAR JU a annoncé la publication d’un appel d’offre portant sur la phase de définition de l’insertion des RPAS civils dans le système d’aviation européen dans le contexte de l’initiative du ciel unique européen. L’objectif de cet appel d’offre est de détailler un programme R&D, qui sera intégré au calendrier des activités de validation nécessaires dans le cadre du programme SESAR 2020.


Les RPAS militaires et le Ciel unique européen


L’intégration des drones militaires (Male/Hale – moyenne/haute altitude, longue endurance) dans le ciel unique européen pose deux problématiques principales. La première est liée à la spécificité des missions militaires et à la construction d’un « Ciel militaire européen » permettant à des drones militaires de franchir les frontières. La seconde est l’intégration des drones militaires dans les espaces nonségrégués du Ciel unique européen.


Au niveau de la France, la solution actuelle repose sur la gestion de tronçons d’espaces aériens ségrégués qui sont dynamiquement ouverts puis fermés après le passage du drone, en coordination avec le contrôle aérien civil. C’est le concept de « smart segregation » créé par la Direction de la sécurité aéronautique de l’État (DSAE) pour l’utilisation des drones Male.


Au niveau européen, l’AED est l’un des principaux acteurs de l’insertion des drones dans le ciel européen. C’est l’interlocuteur privilégié de la SESAR JU en termes de coopération civilo-militaire et permet d’assurer l’implication de l’ensemble de la communauté militaire. Elle apporte son expertise et organise la collecte des résultats nécessaires dans des domaines spécifiques. La problématique d’insertion des drones est traitée dans le projet « EDA RPAS Pioneer Project » qui se décline en quatre piliers :

• Insertion dans le trafic aérien.

• Certification des RPAS.

• Le programme des drones Male européens futurs.

• La coopération militaire européenne.


Lors du Comité directeur de l’AED du 19 novembre 2013, les ministres de la Défense ont approuvé une feuille de route sur les systèmes RPAS qui vise à poser les bases d'une solution européenne à l’horizon 2020-2025.


En conclusion, véritable défi dans le cadre de la construction du Ciel unique européen, le succès de l'insertion des drones dans la circulation aérienne sera, à terme, un levier de croissance déterminant pour le développement des industries associées à leur production et à leur exploitation.


Éléments de bibliographie et liens Internet


« Interview du directeur exécutif de la SESAR Joint Undertaking » in La lettre TELERAD Défense, décembre 2013.

Feuille de route européenne « European RPAS Roadmap »

Feuille de route de l’AED

Rôle d’Eurocontrol dans l’intégration des RPAS.

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Switzerland selects Hermes 900 as Ranger replacement


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photo Dassault Aviation

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19.05.2014 Airbus DS


Leading European companies deliver plan to France, Germany and Italy


Berlin/Paris/Rome. Europe’s Industry is ready to develop a next generation advanced European Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). After their call for the development of a European drone at last year’s Paris Airshow, the three most relevant European aeronautical companies have now agreed on further details for a joint approach.


Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, delivered a proposal for further defining a European UAS to the Ministry of Defence of France, Germany and Italy. The offer proposes a Definition Phase which has been prepared by joint development teams of Airbus Defence and Space, Dassault Aviation and Alenia Aermacchi and which is backed by an industrial agreement on workshare and a cooperative agreement to start the MALE2020 program.


The definition phase foresees that the three nations define and adjust their requirements for a European UAS development together with their armed forces and the European industry. The definition phase also serves to avoid costly additional developments during production and to reduce financial and development risks to a minimum. A commitment by the nations on the further development of the European UAS has then to be made after finalizing this definition phase: the plan of the Industries leads to an affordable and certifiable solution ready by 2020.


Bernhard Gerwert, CEO Airbus Defence and Space said: “We have reached an important milestone for the development of a European MALE Drone. The need for our armed forces is indisputable. We are highly motivated to continue our discussions with the Ministries of Defence and are looking forward to launch this first step soon.”


Eric Trappier, CEO Dassault Aviation said: “It is a unique opportunity to develop in Europe this strategic capacity. For the first time industry starts a project by having a full agreement on the general workshare of the MALE2020 programme. The proposal for the definition phase has been commonly elaborated with joint design teams and therefore demonstrates our industry’s strong commitment to this program.”


Giuseppe Giordo, Alenia Aermacchi’s CEO, said: “We identify a clear opportunity for the armed forces to take advantage of an advanced sovereign ISTAR capability to cope with the future high level requirements. Now is the time to drive technology forward and secure Europe’s capability in building the next generation of military air system as well as maintain talent and expertise in our industry. ”


Several European nations announced their requirement for unmanned aerial systems. Also the results of the EU Defence Summit in december 2013 allude to an urgent need. The Conclusions of the European Council recognize the development of a MALE UAS as a key capability for European defence.


In light of an increasing dependency of European states on non-european defence equipment, Europe’s largest military aviation companies started in June 2013 a joint call for sustaining key capabilities and therefore the continent’s sovereignty in constructing the future of military aircraft.


The timeframe of the decision to launch the European UAS is now critical in order to meet this goal.


Europe’s largest manufacturers for military aircraft thereby continue the common path for a UAS MALE (Medium altitude – long endurance) program as proposed during Paris Airshow 2013. The three partners are confident in the value of their proposal and are ready to move forward.


About MALE 2020

The MALE 2020 Project foresees the development of an European Unmanned Aerial System for long-range missions at medium flight altitudes (MALE). Besides being an answer to the European armed forces’ requirements, it will take into account the need to optimize the difficult budgetary situation through pooling of research and development funding. With a souvereign European development, critical requirements around the certification of drones are inherently built into the programme from the onset. MALE 2020 is orientated to foster the development of high technologies and contribute to sustaining key competencies and jobs within Europe.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.


About Dassault Aviation

With over 8,000 military and civil aircraft delivered to 83 countries over the last 60 years, logging some 28 million hours in flight, Dassault Aviation has built up expertise recognized worldwide in the design, development, sale and support of all types of aircraft, ranging from the Rafale fighter to the high-end Falcon family of business jets and military drones. Dassault Aviation posted sales of 4.59 billion euros in 2013, and has nearly 11,600 employees.


About Alenia Aermacchi

Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, has a role of primary importance in the world’s civil and defence aeronautical industry, counts a total workforce of ca. 11,000 people and operates in the design, development, production and integrated support of commercial and military aircraft, trainers, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures. In 2013 it reported revenues of € 3.34 billion, orders of € 3.98 billion and a backlog of € 9.0 billion

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