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Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 

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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on ...

Israel releases first Ofek 16 satellite imagery

by Jeremy Binnie

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) released the first imagery from the new Ofek 16 satellite on 25 August.

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The IMOD said this image of the Temple of Bel and Roman Theatre at Palmyra was taken by the Ofek 16 satellite that was launched on 6 July. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Ofek 16 was launched on 6 July and the IMOD said this is the first time it has released recent imagery from one of its satellites.

The greyscale images showed the Roman Theatre and Temple of Bel in the ruined city of Palmyra in central Syria.

“The camera has the best performance and weight characteristics available on the market”, the IMOD said, meaning the satellites that are capable of higher resolutions are disproportionately heavier.

It added that the satellite would be transferred to Unit 9900 for operational use in the near future after the in-orbit testing process is completed.

 


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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DESIE 2021: Elbit details ARCAS future soldier system

by Amael Kotlarski & Samuel Cranny-Evans

The Elbit ARCAS system mounted to an M4 carbine (Elbit Systems)

Elbit Systems UK unveiled its Assault Rifle Combat Application System (ARCAS) at the DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14-17 September.

ARCAS is designed to provide dismounted soldiers with relevant information from a force's battle management system, an Elbit spokesperson told Janes . It builds on experience gained through similar systems that have been used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the spiral development of the Elbit Dominator soldier system presented in 2007, the spokesperson added.

The system is mounted under the rifle's barrel using standard accessory rails. It acts as a handgrip and includes the various buttons of the man-machine interface and an electro-optical sensor. Elbit currently offers either an uncooled 640 × 480 17 µ far infrared (FIR) or 640 × 480 12 µ long-wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imager. This provide a 27° field of view and is capable of detecting a human target at 580 m, recognising one at 250 m, and identifying a human target at 120 m, according to Elbit.


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