• Xponential 2017: US Army to introduce OSRVT enhancements

    The US Army is eyeing a number of improvements to its One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT). Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Edward Godzur, product director at the service's UAS Project Office, said that the Level III capability will enable control over aircraft when on the move,

  • Deployment of troops to tackle hydrocarbons theft in Mexico's Puebla state likely to escalate armed confrontations

    EVENT On 7 May, Puebla state's governor, Antonio Gali Fayad, reported that the federal government had approved the deployment of a further 2,000 members of the security forces to combat hydrocarbons theft in the state. The announcement came days after two separate armed confrontations between

  • Exercise reveals NATO vulnerabilities to Russian hybrid threats in North Atlantic

    NATO is currently digesting the lessons of a tabletop exercise held at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, DC, in February 2017 that confronted participants - including former senior alliance officials - with Russian asymmetric threats in the Greenland-Iceland-UK (GIUK) gap,

  • US arming Syrian Kurds for Raqqa fight

    Key Points President Trump has approved arming Syrian Kurds as the US-led coalition prepares to fight for Raqqa The announcement is likely to further strain relations with Turkey, which believes some of the Kurdish fighters have ties to the PKK US president Donald Trump has approved the arming of

  • Xponential 2017: CRS-I leads US Army small ground robotics advancements

    The US Army ultimately hopes to have robotic and autonomous systems as partners, but in the near term is primarily concerned with small ground robotics for 'dull, dirty, and dangerous' tasks, according to Lieutenant Colonel Bill Venable, the US Army's chief of its Electronics and Special

  • Xponential 2017: Fifth-gen aircraft present simulation challenge

    It is unlikely that aerial targets will be able to address fifth-generation aircraft simulation requirements, according to Kyle Patterman, Meggitt Defense Systems business development manager for training systems. Speaking to Jane's at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Patterman said that targets

  • Xponential 2017: Logos progresses Redkite validation for Integrator

    Logos Technologies completed a second flight test of its Redkite Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard an Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS), confirming the reliability of the communications system and that the processing capability was working. Logos wanted to be certain the

  • Xponential 2017: Risk-averse DoD hopes to speed robotics acquisitions

    Developing and fielding equipment in rapidly advancing realms such as software and robotics is consistently problematic for the risk-averse US Department of Defense (DoD), but officials are exploring some new pathways to speed processes. Technology is being developed faster than the Pentagon can

  • Xponential 2017: US Army to trial new Robotic Complex Breach Concept

    The US Army is working on a new Robotic Complex Breach Concept that will explore how to use robotics and autonomous systems during a combined arms breach mission. Combined arms breach operations are among the army's hardest missions - generally involving a defending enemy force whose position must

  • Xponential 2017: US Army's SMET programme advances cautiously

    The US Army plans to move quickly into experimentation with a Squad Maneuver Equipment Transport (SMET) system as the service seeks to finally determine if such a capability is worthwhile. "We're still struggling to understand this device and what we want it to do for us," Lieutenant

  • FAdeA, Leonardo to sign a USD20 million agreement

    Argentina president Mauricio Macri met 8 May with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, to sign several bilateral agreements totalling more than USD100 million. One of the included deals will have Leonardo investing more than USD20 million in Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA) to

  • Xponential 2017: 'Open architecture' solutions still largely an unrealised ambition

    Pentagon requirements and acquisition officials have for years cheered 'open architecture' systems as a solution for better introducing and eventually upgrading disparate systems across organisations, but the concept has yet to fully take hold. The sort of ever-changing, dynamic requirements that

  • Detention of US citizen highlights risks to individuals in North Korea and increasing interstate war risk

    EVENT North Korean news agency KCNA reported on 6 May that a US citizen had been detained for alleged "hostile acts" against the state. Kim Hak-song (Chinese name: Jin Xue-song) is the second US citizen working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) to be detained

  • Xponential 2017: AeroVironment develops palm-sized UAV

    AeroVironment has developed a palm-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for use by dismounted soldiers, which is designed to be controlled from a handheld device and capable of providing real-time video. The Snipe air vehicle is a 140 g quadcopter, about the size of a smartphone, and includes an

  • Xponential 2017: Kitware leverages computer vision system for enhanced SA

    Kitware has developed a computer vision-based approach to providing situational awareness (SA) to squad level dismounted units. Speaking at Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas, Keith Fieldhouse, Kitware's assistant director of computer vision, explained that the company's THREAT-X concept utilises the

  • Xponential 2017: Trust is key to unlocking full benefits of autonomous systems

    Trust in unmanned systems must be furthered before the full potential of their capabilities can be leveraged by operators, according to Anthony Jones, an engineer at the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR). The trust element needs to be built into the design of unmanned

  • US Air Force X-37B orbital test vehicle returns to earth

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) secretive X-37B unmanned orbital test vehicle returned to earth 7 May after spending 718 days in space, according to a service statement. The X-37B, in its fourth mission (OTV-4), conducted on-orbit experiments including technologies such as advanced guidance,

  • Xponential 2017: USMC seeks artificial intelligence for better unmanned 'teaming'

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is studying how to advance human-robotic teaming beyond tele-operation, but leaps ahead in artificial intelligence (AI) technology will first be needed. USMC planners are exploring the strength of humans and machines to find ways to actually make robotics part of the team

  • Islamic State militants kill two people in Iraq's Kirkuk

    AT LEAST two people were killed and six others were wounded when Islamic State militants, dressed as Peshmerga (Kurdish security forces), attacked the K1 base, where United States advisors are stationed, in Iraq's Kirkuk province overnight between 7 and 8 May, Al-Jazeera reported. At least two

  • Key US Air Force officer endorses 'Fast Space' concept

    Key Points Key officer supports findings of report Technologies being developed by commercial space industry could be leveraged for national security A key US Air Force officer believes the time is right for the service to capitalise on the national security benefits that can be gained from a