US Army evaluates DroneGun MKIII C-UAV system

by Gerrard Cowan

DroneShield's DroneGun MKIII handheld C-UAV system was tested by the US Army in September. (DroneShield)

DroneShield's DroneGun MKIII handheld counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system has undergone an evaluation at the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona to gather feedback that will be used to improve the technology in the coming months, the company told Janes .

DroneGun MKIII is a 2 kg pistol that can neutralise individual platforms or swarms of drones in various domains using a radio frequency (RF) disruption approach.

The evaluation took place over the course of a week in late September and was organised by the army's Joint Counter-UAS Office (JCO).

The trials involved “various scenarios the [US] army had scripted for benchmarking the systems in a real-world environment with real-world test cases”, said Matt McCrann, the company's vice-president of sales.


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AUSA 2021: AeroVironment touts maintenance ease of Jump 20 UAV

by Pat Host

The AeroVironment Arcturus Jump 20 vertical take-off and landing UAV on display at the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington, DC, on 11 October 2021. (Janes/Pat Host)

AeroVironment is promoting the maintainability of its Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that the company had on display at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual convention for the first time.

Tracy Stapleton, AeroVironment business development director, told Janes on 11 October at AUSA that the Jump 20 features a modular payload bay that is accessible from the starboard and port sides of the aircraft. This allows maintainers access to line replaceable units (LRUs), such as radios or power supplies, so that they can replace them in the field instead of having to elevate the aircraft to higher levels of maintenance.

The Jump 20, along with the L3Harris FVR-90, the Shield AI-Northrop Grumman Technology Services V-Bat, and the Textron Systems Aerosonde Hybrid Quadrotor, participated in the US Army's Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) rodeo in early 2021. Ken Karklin, AeroVironment senior vice-president and chief operating officer, on 11 October declined to elaborate when


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AUSA 2021: Teledyne FLIR unveils new Ion M640x tactical UAS

by Pat Host

The Teledyne FLIR Ion M640x tactical UAS unveiled on 11 October at the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington, DC. (Janes/Pat Host)

Teledyne FLIR launched its new Ion M640x tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS) on 11 October at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual convention.

Thomas Rambo, senior director for unmanned and integrated solutions at Teledyne FLIR Defense Technologies, told Janes on 11 October at the show that the aircraft improves on the Altavian Ion M440 with a 640×512 infrared (IR) sensor and a near-IR laser illuminator.

The M640x's laser illuminator allows a user wearing night-vision goggles to point at objects without an adversary knowing it is being targeted, Rambo said. According to him, the laser illuminator also makes it easier for operators to find and transmit co-ordinates to other soldiers.

The M640x includes new object tracking that allows an operator to designate a target for the aircraft to detect and track while it moves. The aircraft also has tri-band radio capabilities.


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Nigerian Air Force to replace crashed King Airs

by Jeremy Binnie

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has requested funds to replace its two King Air 350i aircraft that crashed earlier in the year, according to the proposed federal budget released on 7 October.

The proposed budget allocates NGN10.86 billion (USD26 million) towards the acquisition of two Beechcraft King Air 360s: the latest version of the King Air series.

The NAF had four King Air 350is that it used for both surveillance and transporting VIPs before one crashed on 21 February and a second that was carrying the chief of the army staff and his aides crashed on 25 May. All crew and passengers were killed in both accidents.

The NAF also requested NGN833 million to complete the payment for the three JF-17 multirole fighters that it received from Pakistan in May, their targeting pods, and weapons. It also wants to swap the Leonardo AW139 it has ordered for two more AW109s, while reactivating two AS332 Super Puma helicopters.

The only significant procurement listed for the Nigerian Navy in the proposed budget was a tank landing ship, presumably the LST-100 that was launched at Albwardy Damen Shipyard in Sharjah in June.


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