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Aero Surveillance reveals new ASV-100 rotary-winged UAV

Aero Surveillance reveals new ASV-100 rotary-winged UAV | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

French systems integrator Aero Surveillance has unveiled a new rotary-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it says fills a gap in the market not covered by other larger platforms.

The ASV-100, as the unmanned helicopter is dubbed, has been developed for both civil and military applications, and is geared at being a smaller and less expensive alternative to other such rotary-winged UAVs currently on the market.

Speaking to IHS Jane's at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) on 2 December, company president and CEO Philippe Roy spelled out the thinking behind the new platform. "In the market place today there are a few companies offering rotary-winged UAVs in the 180 to 200 kg range, but no one is offering one in the 125 to 150 kg range. There is a gap in the market there, as you don't need a million-dollar vehicle just to go and ID a ship 20 miles away," he explained.

Not only is the ASV-100 smaller, and therefore less expensive to procure, operate, and support, than its competitors, but its use of JP-5 jet fuel to power its 11 KW turbine engine greatly adds to its utility as a maritime surveillance platform, said Roy, as this fuel type is already used aboard the Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) class of ship that the UAV will typically operate from.

According to Roy, the vehicle's real advantage is in its on-board processing via the ARDENT FMV 30 mission system, better enabling it to transmit imagery to the operator on the ground in real-time.

Although developed by Aero Surveillance, the aircraft itself is built in Norway by Robot Aviation. Information given to IHS Jane's indicates that the ASV-100 has a length of 2.6 m, a height of 0.8 m, and a main rotor diameter of 2.9 m. It has a maximum take-off weight of 40 kg, a typical cruise speed of 44 kt, a line-of-sight video datalink of up to 50 km, a maximum payload of 20 kg, and an endurance of four hours. It can also takeoff in wind speeds up to 25 kt.

The vehicle is waypoint-guided via an inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS, with the INS even enabling it to operate in GPS-denied environments.

The modular payload comprises a chin-mounted electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) and laser range-finder (1 km range) sensor turret built by DST Control (this system is designed to operate at about 2,000 to 3,000 ft altitude), a mission computer, satellite or line-of-sight communications, and on-board mission storage. All of this weighs less than 8kg, Roy noted.

With one vehicle built to date, Roy said that the flight trials have already been completed and that the focus is now on systems integration. Although Roy declined to be drawn on specific customer interest, he did say there has been plenty and that it will be ready for fielding some nine months from a contract signature.

Although first displayed at the BSC, Roy requested that details be withheld until the vehicle's formal unveiling in front of the French Ministry of Defence on 8 December.

Separately, Roy noted that the company is working on a larger unmanned helicopter, designated ASV-200. This vehicle, which will weigh about 100 kg, is currently in ground testing and should be ready for its maiden flight in 2015.

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Chinese building new maritime proving ground for unmanned vessels

Chinese building new maritime proving ground for unmanned vessels | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Creation of the world’s biggest test site for unmanned drone ships is underway in the waters around Zhuhai, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The Wanshan Marine Test Field facility is currently under construction and when completed will cover 771.6 sq km. Unmanned naval vessels can generally be used for surveillance, maritime law enforcement, and in other situations where personnel might otherwise be put at risk. Their applications are both military and commercial in nature. The announcement comes a few days after the Chinese military media outlet, PLA Daily, confirmed the PRC sent an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), on its first outing in January. In December of 2017 they also unveiled the Tianxing-1 USV at the fifth China Marine Economy Expo in Zhanjiang and at the All China Maritime Conference and Exhibition (Marintec China) in Shanghai. Tianxing-1 USV on display. Photo courtesy of Twitter According to Jane’s the Tianxing-1 has a purported top speed of more than 50 knots (92.6 kilometers per hour), a length of 12.2 meters and a 7.5 ton displacement. It is propelled by a hybrid electric-gasoline engine. Its weapons options have not been publicized, but in released images, the demonstration unit appears to have a range of swiveling sensors and may potentially be able to carry small weapons.

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Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Post-Christening Highlights

US defence research agency DARPA has completed trials of a prototype unmanned submarine hunter that it claims could lead to an entirely new class of military vessel. unmanned submarine hunter The vessel could autonomously patrol the seas for months on end Developed through the agency’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program the boat – christened Sea Hunter – is at the heart of efforts to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel (USV) that would autonomously track enemy submarines over thousands of miles at a fraction of current costs. The technology has undergone a series of tests in recent months to ensure that it complies with international regulations for preventing collisions at sea and also to evaluate its potential to carry out a range of different missions. For instance, in August 2017, the vessel conducted at-sea tests with a mine countermeasure (MCM) payload. Back in 2016 Sea Hunter also had a successful joint test with DARPA’s Towed Airborne Lift of Naval Systems (TALONS) research effort, which is exploring the use of a towed parafoil to enable vessels to see over the horizon. In a move that ushers the vessel closer to active service, it will now be further developed by the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). “ACTUV’s move from DARPA to ONR marks a significant milestone in developing large-scale USV technology and autonomy capabilities,” said Alexander Walan, a program manager in DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Eventually expected to be able to traverse thousands of kilometres over open seas for months at a time, without a single crew member aboard, Sea Hunter could ultimately replace the need for larger manned warships, said Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office. “ACTUV represents a new vision of naval surface warfare,” he said. “The U.S. military has talked about the strategic importance of replacing ‘king’ and ‘queen’ pieces on the maritime chessboard with lots of ‘pawns,’ and ACTUV is a first step toward doing exactly that.” ONR now plans to carry out additional at-sea tests to further develop the vessel, including exploring autonomous coordination among multiple USVs. If these tests are successful, DARPA claims the vessel could enter service this year (2018)

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STX France, EDR, Socarenam team for Belgian mine countermeasure project

STX France, EDR, Socarenam team for Belgian mine countermeasure project | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
French shipbuilders STX France and Socarenam joined forces with Belgium’s EDR to try and secure a contract for the construction of 12 mine counter measure vessels for the navies of Belgium and the Netherlands. The two navies are jointly procuring mine countermeasure (MCM) vessels and frigates with Belgium in charge of MCM acquisition and the Netherlands in charge of frigate procurement. The Franco-Belgium consortium bidding for the MCM vessel construction is named Sea Naval Solutions and proposes a version of the Deviceseas multi-role ship unveiled by STX France in 2016. STX France adapted the Deviceseas design to serve as a mother ship to a complex autonomous systems package which will also be acquired as part of the project. Belgium’s Deviceseas variant would be 80 meters long and 15 meters wide, with a displacement of 3,700 tons. With a complement of 60, the vessel would carry two surface drones (USV) and up to 8 autonomous underwater systems (AUV and ROV) housed in a dedicated hangar. The design also offers enough deck space for accommodation of two 20-feet containers for additional equipment. EDR noted that the proposed ship design has a strong focus on autonomous systems operations making it a suitable choice for Belgium and the Netherlands. The Deviceseas design benefits from a custom launch and recovery system developed by STX France in collaboration with offshore industry specialist NOV BLM. The system can deploy drones ranging from 80 kilos to 19 tons and measuring up to 12 meters in length. Despite relying on autonomous systems for MCM tasks, the proposed design still has a hull-mounted sonar optimized for mine detection. The consortium says the ships’ shock resistance would be inferior to that of minehunters or sweepers but still sufficient considering they will not be required to operate directly in minefields to carry out mine countermeasure tasks. According to STX, the acoustic signature of the ship would be comparable to that of a frigate. Finally, it should be noted that the ship offered to the Belgian and Dutch navies can be equipped with a 3D radar as well as remotely operated guns, allowing it to be used for surveillance and patrol missions in addition to mine clearance tasks. The consortium has also outlined the construction plan under which the hulls would be built in France and subsequently kitted out in Belgium. The procurement process is currently in the RFI (Request for Information) stage and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Deliveries are expected to start between 2023 and 2030. The new vessels will replace current Tripartite-class minehunters in service with the navies of Belgium and the Netherlands.
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Bluestream Adds Two Saab Seaeye Cougar ROVs

Bluestream Adds Two Saab Seaeye Cougar ROVs | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
Bluestream, has added two new gravity-based Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact Zone II ROV systems to their fleet – a low-profile design of vehicle especially suited for fixed or floating platform inspections. Adding the two Cougar XT Compacts to its current fleet, brings Bluestream’s total of Saab Seaeye vehicles to 22 systems. The two Bluestream Cougar Compacts will be equipped with a Seaprince sonar, Kongsberg cameras and an underslung hydraulic skid ready for fitting an array of third-party equipment which includes, but not confined to, the FlexiClean tooling, subsea water jetting, shear-cutter, subsea excavation pumps, subsea sensors and an array of CP systems.
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Kongsberg control system for SEA-KIT USV - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Kongsberg control system for SEA-KIT USV - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Kongsberg's K-MATE control system will be integrated with the SEA-KIT USV as part of a project being run by Hushcraft, the company announced on 21 August. The new SEA-KIT USV is being built by Hushcraft in the UK, and will be operated by SEA-KIT International. The USV, which is being designed to operate at sea without assistance for months at a time, can carry a deployable and retrievable payload of up to 2.5 tons. The system is being developed with a long-range, long-endurance ocean capability for independent seafloor mapping and similar ocean exploration applications. The K-MATE control system can be integrated with any vessel through an electrical interface. The system provides adaptive waypoint following for survey and AUV operations while accepting sensor data for scene analysis and collision avoidance. It is designed to follow mission plans to supervise operations or direct operator control for complex tasks. SEA-KIT will also be equipped with Kongsberg's Maritime Broadband Radio for high bandwidth direct communication to shore, SeaPath 135 with an MRU5+ for heading, attitude and positioning and the AIS300 automatic positioning system. Kongsberg’s HiPAP acoustic positioning and control system will be used to supervise AUV operations. SEA-KIT's configuration will allow the vessel to carry a Hugin AUV. The USV’s hull is designed to carry different payloads including multibeam echo sounders such as the EM302. The USV will also have extended endurance options, making it suitable for trans-ocean survey operations. SEA-KIT is due to be launched in September 2017.

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BP’s Shah Deniz SCV completes sea trials ahead of delivery

BP’s Shah Deniz SCV completes sea trials ahead of delivery | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
Azerbaijan’s Baku Shipyard has completed sea trials for the subsea construction vessel (SCV) Khankendi, which is being built under BP-operated Shah Deniz Stage 2 Project in the Caspian Sea. The vessel has been specifically designed and built to install subsea structures of the giant Shah Deniz Stage 2 gas development project. It will perform subsea construction activities on the field for the next ten years. The six-week trial took place in the Caspian Sea and represented the vessel’s initial voyage in open waters, the Azeri shipyard informed on Thursday. The shipyard said that throughout nearly two months of intense diagnostics, maritime experts executed more than 120 different tests designed to evaluate everything from Khankendi’s engine and propulsion performance to its dynamic positioning, navigation systems, cabin acoustics as well as the offshore capabilities. The completion of sea trials brings the shipyard step closer to the imminent delivery of vessel to BP, which is now back at the shipyard for finishing touches ahead of its naming ceremony scheduled for early September. The vessel will be equipped with dynamic positioning to allow working in 2.5 meter wave height (Hs), a 900 metric tonne main crane for 600m subsea operation, an 18-man two-bell diving system, two work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), a strengthened moon pool, two engine rooms with 6×4.4MW + 2×3.2MW generators and has a total weight of 17,600 tonnes and a carrying capacity of 5,000 metric tonnes at 6.5 meters draft.
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Australia approves minehunter programme - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Australia approves minehunter programme - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

The Australian government has granted first pass approval for plans to extend the service life of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Huon class minehunter vessels, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 11 August. The project aims to provide Australia with effective maritime mine countermeasure capability out to the 2030s, by extending the life of the Huon class vessels while a replacement is determined. The Huon class was built by Thales Australia (then ADI) and introduced into service in the early 2000s. According to the Department of Defence, negotiations are underway with Thales Australia to engage it as the prime systems integrator to deliver the project. Under Thales’ lead there will be opportunities for other Australian companies to support the minehunters through their service life. Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said: 'The Huon class have proven highly capable, supporting defence’s international engagement strategy through participation in exercises and operations to secure our sea lanes and disposing of Second World War explosive remnants, and they will continue to serve Australia for years to come.'

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Australian Navy Picks Thales for Deployable Mine Countermeasures

Australian Navy Picks Thales for Deployable Mine Countermeasures | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Deployable Mine Countermeasure Capabilities For Navy The Royal Australian Navy is forging ahead with new technologies to counter the threat of sea mines to military and commercial vessels. The Head of Navy Capability, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, said the prevalence and increasing sophistication of sea mines means the Royal Australian Navy must continue to improve the way it finds and disposes of these mines. “New autonomous and remote-controlled technologies deployed from within the maritime task force provides the opportunity to find and dispose of sea mines more safely and efficiently,” Rear Admiral Mead said. “In the 2030s, Defence will seek to replace its specialised mine hunting and environmental survey vessels with a single fleet of multi-role vessels embarking advanced autonomous and uninhabited systems.” Rear Admiral Mead said these newly introduced systems are the first step in realising a future capability which would allow the Royal Australian Navy to clear sea mines with minimal risk to its people and assets. “Thales Australia Ltd will deliver and support the new equipment over the next 15 years,” Rear Admiral Mead said. The new capability will primarily be based and sustained at HMAS Waterhen in Sydney, New South Wales.

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India Mine-Sweeper Program Hits Another Roadblock

India Mine-Sweeper Program Hits Another Roadblock | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

NEW DELHI ― Goa Shipyard Limited’s quest to build 12 high-tech mine countermeasure vessels for $5 billion, which is already delayed, has hit a roadblock over the selection of propulsion engines. According to a source in India’s Ministry of Defence, the Navy supports a multi-vendor tender process for the engine selection, but Goa Shipyard, citing reservations from Kangnam Corporation of South Korea, prefers a single-vendor nomination of German MTU engines. Goa Shipyard of India, which is state-owned, was nominated by the MoD to make 12 MCMVs for the Indian Navy. Kangnam was selected to provide the technology needed to build the vessels because India does not possess the required technology. The Kangam-built MCMVs for the South Korean Navy are fitted with German MTU engines, and the company is offering the same to India. However, the Indian Navy is skeptical about the suitability of German MTU engines for Indian MCMVs because of the differences in geographical location and areas of operation. India’s coastline is about 7,500 kilometres ― larger than that of South Korea. “The magnetic signature of engines are key parameters for selection of an engine for MCMV, whose primary function is to detect and kill mines at sea. German MTU engines are not inherently nonmagnetic as they are not designed specifically for MCMV operations,” a senior Indian government official said. This mine-hunting craft by Kangnam Corporation uses a diesel MTU engine “Their magnetism is suppressed using external magnet and other specialised, external systems, and these systems are required to be continuously returned to keep magnetic signature of ship within limits as ship sails from one port to another,” the official continued. The retuning, the official added, is not practical in a warlike situation “where assets are required to be deployed at different ports of India at a very short notice.” The program to build 12 high-tech new generation mine counter-measure vessels has run into rough weather, as Kangnam Corporation of South Korea virtually refuses to provide a performance guarantee for supervision of construction of the vessels by state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd. An Indian Navy official said of the matter: “Even U.S. Navy, whose operational specifications are similar to that of Indian Navy as far the wide theater of mine-hunting operations is concerned, does not use magnetically compensated MTU engines in their mine-hunting ships but use inherently nonmagnetized engines available in the market.” There’s concern that selecting an engine incompatible with the mission would jeopardize the MCMV’s main purpose. “Engine whose magnetic signatures are required to be suppressed using external systems put a serious restriction on the mine-hunting capabilities of the vessel once the geographical location of the vessel is changed. We would like to have an engine with very low magnetic signature so that the vessel is capable of undertaking mine-hunting operations worldwide, especially in the Indian Ocean region, which is the primary theater of operation for Indian Navy”, according to another Indian Navy official. An official with the MoD said the ministry will ask Goa Shipyard to explore further options for an Indian MCMV engine that best suits the needs of the Navy. “We are technically evaluating the matter and will soon arrive at decision best suited for the operational interests of Indian Navy,” the first Navy official said.

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Wonsan and Nampo minelayer classes of the Republic of Korea Navy

Wonsan and Nampo minelayer classes of the Republic of Korea Navy | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
Written by D-Mitch RoKS Nampo, world's most advanced minelayer today Today, some of the most advanced and most capable moder
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Advances in Chinese ocean gliders are overhyped - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Advances in Chinese ocean gliders are overhyped - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Chinese press recently reported on a new expedition of domestically-made glider autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). According to multiple reports, the research vessel Kexue simultaneously deployed 12 Haiyi ‘Sea Wing’ gliders for a month-long mission organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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Saab Seaeye receives Falcon order - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Saab Seaeye receives Falcon order - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Saab Seaeye has received an order for a second Falcon ROV from Australia-based Huon Aquaculture, the company announced on 17 August. Huon will deploy the ROV for aquaculture operations at its fresh salmon farms, to inspect nets, rigging and moorings in its aquaculture pens. In its latest iteration, the Falcon ROV has been enhanced by the addition of Saab Seaeye's iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture. For operators such as Huon, this resource enables the option of intelligent station-keeping and precise positioning to reduce operator workload. Falcon, powered by five powerful thrusters, uses an intelligent distributed control system. Its design allows a wide range of equipment to be interchanged for different tasks. Shea Cameron, subsea manager, Huon, said: ‘We like the low height of the machine because we can deploy it sideways between a walkway and the net. The SIMCT thrusters are also ideal for aquaculture use with no shaft seals to service or inspect. ‘None of the other machines we own at the moment have this advantage. We also like the ease of servicing the machine so feel comfortable ordering a new one with iCON that is compatible with our current machine.’

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NZ seeks replacement EOD robots - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

NZ seeks replacement EOD robots - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is seeking replacement explosive ordnance (EOD) disposal robots, with an RfP recently issued on 4 August.Th
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Fleet Cleaner Eyes Autonomous Hull Cleaning

Fleet Cleaner Eyes Autonomous Hull Cleaning | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
Dutch-based ship hull cleaning service provider Fleet Cleaner has said it aims to set an even higher standard for hull cleaning. The company strongly believes that robotic hull cleaning is the future. “Already we constantly see that our autopilot can control the robot better than any human operator. However, we want to take this to a whole new level,” explains Dejan Borota, one of the chief engineers at Fleet Cleaner. “To really guarantee cleaning quality, the robot will be able to autonomously clean the ship, while tracking its path and planning its optimal route around objects by itself.” The installation is already equipped with a tracking system, enabling operators to follow the robot’s movements on the ship’s hull. In addition, Fleet Cleaner has developed several systems to improve visibility and navigation in ports with poor visibility under water, such as the Port of Rotterdam. Currently Fleet Cleaner is active in all major ports in the Netherlands, and said it is planning to expand its services.
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China to Build Autonomous Ship Test-Bed

China to Build Autonomous Ship Test-Bed | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

China has started the construction of a test-bed for autonomous ships in Zhuhai, Guangdong. The test-bed, around 770 square kilometers (300 square miles), is expected to be the country’s main base for research into autonomous ship technology, including obstacle avoidance technology, over the coming three to five years. The project is being undertaken by the Zhuhai government, China Classification Society (CCS), Wuhan University of Technology and Zhuhai Yunzhou Intelligence Technology. To date, such test-beds have been located in Europe. Late last year, an autonomous shipping test-bed was opened in Horten, Norway. The area is specially designated for autonomous trials by the Norwegian Maritime Administration and the Norwegian Coastal Administration. Kongsberg, DNV GL, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the University College of South East Norway worked to establish the new test-bed which is situated adjacent to Kongsberg Maritime’s Horten facility. The test-bed is the third of its kind in the country and the fourth such approved area in the world. Its introduction followed the opening of the world’s first autonomous shipping test-bed in September 2016, which was located on the Trondheimsfjord in Norway. Another area was designated in October last year at Storfjorden by the Coastal Administration, the Maritime Directorate and a consortium led by GCE Blue Maritime on Møre. The test-beds in Trondheim and Horten are being used in the development of technology such as the YARA Birkeland all electric, autonomous container ship and the Hrönn, autonomous offshore support vessel as well as marine robotics technology. In August last year, Kongsberg and FFI demonstrated high-speed autonomous obstacle avoidance using the ODIN Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) fitted with Kongsberg's K-Mate autonomy controller solution at Horten, and in November.

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Belgium gives green light for MCM vessel project | Jane's 360

Belgium gives green light for MCM vessel project | Jane's 360 | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Belgium's Council of Ministers on 26 January approved the acquisition of six new mine countermeasures (MCM) vessels for EUR1.1 billion (USD1.38 billion), Belgian Defence reported on its website on 29 January. The procurement will be conducted together with the Netherlands, which is also acquiring six MCM vessels, under Belgium’s lead. The MCM vessels will be equipped with unmanned surface and underwater vehicles to find and destroy mines. The vessels will replace Belgium's five Tripartite-class minehunters and Godetia support ship.

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UK orders reconfigurable workboats - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

UK orders reconfigurable workboats - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) has received a £48 million contract to supply and support replacement workboats for the UK Ministry of Defence, the company announced on 9 August. The six year contract will see AEUK supply up to 38 workboats and provide in-service support from 2018 until 2024. Ranging in size from 11 to 18m, the modular, multi-role Sea class vessels share common components. The vessels feature fully equipped capability modules to enable rapid reconfiguration for a range of specialised operational roles, including dive support, explosive ordnance disposal, officer training, passenger transport, arctic exploration, hydrographic survey and logistic re-supply. The boats have a baseline workboat configuration with twin diesels, jet drive propulsion, modern navigation and communications fit. The workboats will be operated from the UK naval bases, and will also be deployed from the Royal Navy Multi-Role Survey and Oceanographic ships, aircraft carriers and Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships.

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General Dynamics demos ability to launch UAV from UUV

General Dynamics demonstrated the ability to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) during the US Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) 2017. The company also displayed a prototype capability for deploying unmanned vehicles from a submarine and demonstrated the ability to establish communications between a submarine combat system and unmanned systems. The operational scenario undertaken demonstrated battlespace preparation in a contested environment, Matt Graziano, business segment director for autonomous undersea systems at General Dynamics Mission Systems, told Jane’s . The exercise saw the company’s Bluefin-21 UUV carry in its payload bay the smaller Bluefin SandShark UUV and a canister, which housed an AeroVironment Blackwing UAV.
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Indian Army Turns to Robotics to Minimise Troops Casualty

Indian Army Turns to Robotics to Minimise Troops Casualty | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Private defense firms have been asked to locally develop robotic platforms that would be inducted in the Rashtriya Rifles - a wing of the Indian Army which is deployed for anti-terror and anti-extremism operations across the country. New Delhi (Sputnik) – India is planning to introduce artificial intelligence in a big way in fighting terrorism and militancy. This is being done to reduce casualty among troops during operations. The defense ministry has set aside a sizable budget for the procurement of new age robotic surveillance and smart sensors. “The way the situation is evolving, it may just be a matter of time, when security forces as a whole and Rashtriya Rifles, in particular, will be facing the threat in the built up and super built up areas. It is hereby proposed that a project for robotics platforms be taken up as a procurement project under ‘Make in India’ category. These robotic surveillance platforms can be extensively used by the Rashtriya Rifles operational in built up and super built up areas for the gathering of real time input prior to manual insertion,” a document of the Indian Army reads. The INS Kalvari, one of the six Scorpene diesel-electric attack submarines, is set afloat at the naval dockyard in Mumbai, India (File) © AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade India Looks for New Partner to Arm its Scorpene Class Submarine Initial order by the Indian Army comprises 544 robotic surveillance equipment consisting of the day- and night mode camera and inbuilt transmission system which should be capable of transmitting real time intelligence data from a radius of up to 200 meters to troops involved in close encounters. “The platform must be capable of delivering suitable ammunition at the intended target, e.g stun grenade,” document added. The Army wants robotic platforms that can be hurled from a distance as it would be deployed at a short notice in harsh terrains. According to South Asia Terrorism Portal, India has lost more than 124 security personnel this year alone due to rising encounters with terrorists in Kashmir and left-wing extremism-infested zones. In Kashmir alone, Indian Army killed more than 138 terrorists but also lost 46 security personnel.

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Japan: Underwater drone maker secures backing from Beyond Next Ventures

Japan: Underwater drone maker secures backing from Beyond Next Ventures | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Ambient Intelligence Technology, a Japanese startup venture that develops and manufactures underwater drones, has secured a JPY 190 million ($1.83 million) investment in a round led by Beyond Next Ventures. Other investors participating in the round include Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, and Freebit Investment. Ambient Intelligence Technology offers drones for maintaining and managing underwater infrastructure. It aims to commence drone rentals by November 2017, as well as initiate sales by Spring 2018. The company said it will use the investment proceeds to accelerate business growth. Founded in 2014 by CEO Shohei Ito and Chairman Yasushi Nakauchi, the firm’s principle focus is developing and manufacturing underwater drones that can operate for prolonged periods at depths of 300 metres. Typical diving professionals operate at depths of 40 metres, while Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are deployed at deeper depths but tend to be more costly and complex to operate and maintain. One domain that the company is seeking to enter is the dam and port maintenance, given that the operators of such infrastructure wish to enhance maintenance and management procedures to improve their service lives. The market for underwater robotics is growing. An August 2016 report by Accuray Research predicts that the global Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) market is poised to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of around 12.2 per cent over the next decade to a capitalisation of approximately $7.25 billion by 2025. This growth can be attributed to the increased demand for underwater drones in commercial applications, such as surveys and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection. North America is estimated to account for the largest share of the unmanned underwater vehicles market in 2017, due to the rising incidences of terrorism and increasing offshore drilling activities in the region, while Africa will see the highest growth due to rising oil & gas exploration activities undertaken by countries such as South Africa and Nigeria. One of the products that Ambient Intelligence is releasing next year is the underwater drone Spider, which has eight thrusters and can be connected to a terminal on a mother vessel by a single tether cable. Operated by a game pad, it can dive down to 300 metres and has a battery life estimated at four hours; its major advantage is its software, which features automated depth/attitude control and computer vision-based position holding functions for the drone body, allowing it to maintain position in strong water currents. Read more at: https://www.dealstreetasia.com/stories/japan-ambient-intelligence-tech-beyond-next-ventures-80829/

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Starter underway as Harris wins EOD contract - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Starter underway as Harris wins EOD contract - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

In the modern military environment that land forces find themselves operating in automation and the use of unmanned platforms continues to play a vital role in protecting troops. It is rare now that land forces don’t operate at least one or several dedicated unmanned platforms in the counter-IE

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La Policía de Investigaciones de Chile tramita la adquisición de tres UAV - Noticias Infodefensa América

La Policía de Investigaciones de Chile tramita la adquisición de tres UAV - Noticias Infodefensa América | robotique & simu | Scoop.it
La Jefatura Nacional Antinarcóticos y Contra el Crimen Organizado (Jenanco) de la Polícia de Investigaciones (PDI) de Chile ha convocado a un licitación pública abierta para adquirir un vehículo aéreo no tripulado (UAV o Vant) con cámara d
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Saudi Aramco acquires Teledyne Gavia AUV - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis

Saudi Aramco acquires Teledyne Gavia AUV - Shephard Media - Aerospace, defence and security news and analysis | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Saudi Aramco has acquired a Teledyne Gavia Offshore Surveyor autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to meet growing demand for hydrographic survey services, the company announced on 27 July. The Gavia AUV is an autonomous, modular sensor platform that is field-configurable by means of a unique twist lock system. Operators can change or add sensors, navigation or battery modules between missions, making the AUV a flexible asset able to be operated by a wide range of vessel types. The Gavia system will be used by Saudi Aramco for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1000m in the Red Sea region. The AUV system will be delivered equipped with an interferometric side scan sonar, camera, and a high accuracy Doppler Velocity Log and an Inertial Navigation System. For pipeline inspection applications, the vehicle will use SeeByte Autotracker software, which provides autonomous pipeline inspection capability. In order to collect environmental data, a variety of other sensors are included in the new Gavia Science Bay module including the SeaOWL UV-A, which is optimised for oil detection in water. In addition to the AUV, a small survey launch including all required peripheral components and a mobile launch and recovery solution is being provided by Teledyne Gavia.

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Leidos Unveils New Unmanned Surface Vessel Technologies | Unmanned Systems Technology

Leidos Unveils New Unmanned Surface Vessel Technologies | Unmanned Systems Technology | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

Leidos has announced that it has demonstrated new unmanned maritime capabilities at the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX 2017). These tests showcase the significant role military autonomy could play in augmenting the Navy’s fleet and expanding missions. The company used R/V Pathfinder, its autonomy test vessel, to autonomously navigate and collect data in an at-sea operational environment. The data was transmitted to multiple base locations using redundant communication paths; a Leidos developed software defined radio with integrated mobile ad hoc network (MANET) software; and a Kongsberg tactical radio link. During this exercise, the Leidos Pathfinder vessel, equipped with high-resolution sensors, traversed the waters off of Panama City, Florida in autonomous mode, with limited human oversight for safety. The ship surveyed the sea floor and instantaneously transmitted ocean and meteorological data back to shore at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I. and the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Panama City. In this autonomous navigation mode, the vessel remained compliant with all International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) requirements based on existing navigation aids and surface contacts, just as a manned vessel would. In addition, Pathfinder conducted a completely autonomous launch and recovery of an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to demonstrate the feasibility of integrating the surface ship survey capability with the ability to perform high-resolution follow-up of features of interest. “Our participation at ANTX enables us to show our innovative autonomous technology directly to our Navy and government customers,” said retired Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, Leidos vice president and U.S. Navy strategic account executive. “This technology does the dull, dirty and dangerous tasks, keeping our sailors safe, costs down and reducing risk.” ANTX is a collaborative event where technologists, stakeholders, and warfighters exercise innovations and prototypes at the research and development level before integrating at the operational level.

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National Guard Bureau, DoD Develop Unmanned Robot for CBRN Incident Response - Executive Gov

National Guard Bureau, DoD Develop Unmanned Robot for CBRN Incident Response - Executive Gov | robotique & simu | Scoop.it

The Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division of the National Guard Bureau‘s Operations Directorate teamed up with other Defense Department agencies to develop a robotic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident response capacity within the DoD. Malcolm Reese, joint program director of the Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Division, led an effort to integrate chemical, biological, radiological and toxic industrial material sensors on re-purposed Talon IV unmanned robots, the U.S. Army said Friday. Reese’s team also added an upgraded communication system, infrared day/night cameras and an autonomous mapping system for the CBRN robots. Tech. Sgt. Brett Whitfill, survey team chief from the 73rd civil support team within the Kansas National Guard, said that the robots help mitigate the need for personnel to suit up for data gathering missions. “With this [equipment] we could pull it out of our truck or trailer, set it up and send it downrange to investigate … We [can] get real-time data and real-time feedback,” added Whitfill.

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