The US Navy and Northrop Grumman have jointly conducted the first flight of the MQ-4C broad area maritime surveillance unmanned aircraft system (BAMS UAS) at Northrop’s manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California, US.
During the 80-minute test-flight, the UAS has operated autonomously and reached an altitude of 20,000ft in a restricted airspace and validated its control systems capabilities.
The test has also marked a critical step ahead in maturing Triton’s systems prior to its deployment to provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to troops.
Developed as a naval version of the US Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft, the MQ-4C UAS has been designed to provide signals intelligence (SIGNET), command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) and maritime strike capabilities.
Powered by a Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine, the high-altitude, long-endurance UAS can cruise at a maximum speed of 357mph and provides constant surveillance for the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF) to carry out littoral missions.
In addition, the UAS supports missions including battle damage assessment, maritime interdiction, anti-surface warfare, battle-space management and targeting missions for the navy.
The MQ-4C Triton UAS is scheduled to undergo further trials later this year.
(For full article please see: http://www.naval-technology.com)
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The UK Army has deployed a new handheld surveillance helicopter, known as the Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle, in support of British troops serving in Afghanistan.
Measuring around 4inx1in (10cmx2.5cm), the small helicopter has been designed to deliver crucial situational awareness capabilities to soldiers operating on the ground.
UK Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Minister Philip Dunne said: “Black Hornet gives our troops the benefits of surveillance in the palm of their hands. It is extremely light and portable whilst out on patrol.
“Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems are a key component in our ten-year equipment plan and now that we have balanced the defence budget we are able to confidently invest in these kinds of cutting-edge technologies.”
(For full article please see: http://www.army-technology.com)
Eurotunnel and Siemens have tested the Vectron locomotive in the Channel Tunnel as part of an effort to increase cross-Channel rail freight.
The tests were intended to assess the locomotive’s compatibility with Channel Tunnel systems and safety rules, as Eurotunnel expects that open-access freight operators will be able to use TSI-compliant four-axle locomotives as well as six-axle models.
The Vectron locomotive, in standard configuration and hauling wagons with a total weight of 1,350t, entered the tunnel via the French portal and completed a series of traction, braking and pantograph tests.
The Vectron exited the tunnel at Folkestone before returning to France for a second phase of tests.
The test runs confirmed that the standard four-axle locomotives can operate without any problems in the Channel Tunnel and will be capable of hauling rail freight between the continent and the UK.
Groupe Eurotunnel deputy chief executive Michel Boudoussier said that the company’s cooperation with Siemens will open the way to new international rail freight flows, which will in turn reduce CO2 emissions.
(For full article please see: http://www.railway-technology.com)
The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has said that it is on track to deliver its badly needed new A400M transport plane to the French air force in the second quarter of this year, after its latest problems with engines were resolved.
“We have overcome this engine problem, which had delayed certification” of a cutting-edge plane that could mark a big step forward in logistics capacity for the eight countries that have bought it, Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier told a news conference in Toulouse, southern France.
Test flights that had been suspended for several months were “resumed in November, and we totaled 300 test hours in 26 days,” Bregier noted. “The first delivery to France was pushed back slightly from the first quarter to the second quarter of 2013,” he said.
France in particular needs to get the A400M into service, as its limited airlift capacity was demonstrated again by the conflict in Mali, where Belgium, Britain, Denmark and Germany have extended help delivering material and troops from France and contributing African countries.
The four-engine aircraft was designed to replace C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transall cargo planes and can perform three major roles, according to Airbus, including tactical missions that require the ability to land at “austere airfields,” such as soft or rough strips as short as 750 meters (2,500 feet) with a payload of up to 25 tons (55,000 pounds). That makes the plane suited for direct deployment on humanitarian aid missions to disaster-hit regions.
In a strategic role, the plane can fly up to 8,700 kilometers (5,400 miles) with a payload of up to 37 tons (81,600 pounds), including disassembled helicopters or two heavy armored vehicles, and reach altitudes of up to 40,000 feet (12,000 meters).
Finally, the A400M can be adapted in two hours for use as an air refueling tanker able to serve two planes or helicopters at a time. In an airdrop capacity, the transport plane can operate from as high as 40,000 feet for special operations purposes to as low as 15 feet for low-level load deliveries, Airbus said, and “can carry more paratroopers than any other Western-built military aircraft,” with 116 fully equipped soldiers.
A total of 174 of the planes have been ordered to date, with four currently in the final assembly stage and scheduled for delivery this year.
(For full article please see: http://www.defensenews.com)
For the past few years, DSE has polled exhibitors on the digital signage technology trends attendees can expect to see at the show and in the near future. The responses we received this year include a number of notable departures from our DSE 2012 Top 10 Trends list.
For example, no one mentioned “transparent LCD displays,” for which we expect to see further adoption in retail, grocery, convenience store, drugstore and vending machine applications. Nor did anyone mention “large format video walls,” though we continue to see significant growth in this area with applications to almost every type of venue. Also not appearing on the 2013 list are “all-in-one-displays” and “cloud technology,” though we know that adoption of these technologies remains robust.
So, what is new? Though we won’t pretend that this is a definitive list, here’s what some future-thinking exhibitors had to say:
1. LCD EXPANSION INTO OUTDOOR MARKETS
2. 4K DIGITAL SIGNAGE
3. ANALYTICS-DRIVEN DIGITAL SIGNAGE
4. AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY
5. HTML5 FOR CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
6. LIVE VIDEO FEEDS
7. TABLET TECH: First iPads and now Android-based tablets are finding a place in the digital signage industry and generating a variety of accessories and applications.
8. CONNECTED CONSUMER
9. INTERACTIVE DIGITAL SIGNAGE:
10. AUTOMATED RETAILING/INTELLIGENT VENDING: As vending machines become smarter, the self-service “little box” is taking on more of the work of the traditional “big box” in the retail segment. The new generation of high-tech vending systems features such innovations as digital signage, interactive touchscreens, cashless payment systems, mobile interaction, telemetry for remote data collection, etc.
Among the other new trends DSE exhibitors say attendees should watch for are content management system advancements, display image quality improvement, intelligent signage, solid state digital signage players, real-time social media integration and RF/coax distribution.
(For full article please see: http://www.digitalsignageconnection.com)
The UK Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth-class (QE) aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been fitted with the first Rolls-Royce marine gas turbine, MT30, at Babcock’s Rosyth shipyard in Scotland.
Rolls-Royce Marine president Tony Wood said the installation of the first MT30 engine marked a significant milestone in the Queen Elizabeth-class construction programme.
Each of the two Queen Elizabeth-class frigates, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, will be equipped with two 36MW MT30s to provide power equal to two thirds of the 109MW.
Designed to provide cost-effective propulsion, the compact, lightweight MT30 is a twin-spool, engine based on the Rolls-Royce Trent 800 aero engine technology.
Currently undergoing construction at shipyards around the country, the two aircraft carriers are scheduled to enter service in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
(For full article please see: http://www.naval-technology.com)
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The European Union (EU) is planning to release a roadmap for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) air traffic by the end of 2012, which will enable UAVs to fly in the same airspace as general air traffic by 2016.
European Defence Agency research and technology director Christian Breant was quoted by Defense News as saying that the officials preparing future technologies and those devising future regulations have been working since early September 2012 to rapidly develop the roadmap.
The officials are expected to determine the cost of putting the roadmap into practice in early 2013, Breant added.
The project is expected to achieve initial capability with some restrictions in 2016, followed by full operational capability by 2020.
Pursued as part of a European Framework Cooperation agreement, which was signed between the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Commission, the project is an effort to further improve civil-military cooperation in research and technology domains.
Other programme partners include the European Commission (EC), Eurocontrol and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Funding for the project is expected to be provided through the EU’s civilian Horizon 2020 programme and the EDA’s joint investment programme.
(For full article please see: http://www.airforce-technology.com)