Category Archives: ISR

DeerLab And Bushnell Team To Increase A Hunter’s Odds

  Bushnell is a pioneer in trail cam technology. The trail cam allows property owners to install geo referenced cameras throughout their property. These cameras, many of which are wireless, provide the property owner with day and night video and … Continue reading

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Shot Trak HD Gun Camera From American Technologies Network (ATN) Is Now Shipping.

There was considerable scuttle butt about a gun camera under development by American Technologies Network on the Peninsula, more accurately South San Francisco. ATN calls it the Shot Trak HD (High Definition) Camera, and it looks like a winner. The … Continue reading

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Finmeccanica SPYBALL-B and ASIO-B micro and mini UAVs

ASIO-B and SPYBALL-B UAVs are two very cool little UAS from Italian Manufacturer Finmeccanica. Since completion of development and testing these micro and mini UAVs have passed their factory acceptance tests, and are now headed to the Italian Army for … Continue reading

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Elbit Systems Adds New Capabilities To Its Line Of Long-Range Observation, Target Acquisition and Laser Designation Systems

I’ve been following Elbit Systems for a few years now and in that time, I’ve seen continuous innovation and refinement to a product line that ranks as one of the best in the world. At this year’s EUROSATORY, in Paris, … Continue reading

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Exelis Individual Soldier System (ISS)

Let me open by thanking Tim White, Andy Dunn, Mike Meyer and Jorge Petrovic for their time and generosity in taking me through the many systems Exelis is delivering today, all of which play significant roles in Battle Space Management. … Continue reading

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Aurora Flight Science SKATE Small Unmanned Aircraft System

  The last 12 years of uninterrupted action in Iraq and Afghanistan has ushered in a number of technologies touted as force multipliers; however, none are as deserving of the accolade as the Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV), but in particular … Continue reading

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BAE’s Q-Warrior Closer To Primetime.

  As battlefield objectives become more specific, the need for precision increases correspondingly. The successful kinetic operation needs a greater level of accuracy if we are to avoid collateral damage, fratricide and maintain the good will of indigenous people. So, … Continue reading

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EOTech X320 Thermal Imager

Going back a few years, I remember being at the Burroughs Range, Ft. Benning GA, hanging out with the NCOIC while they setup FLIR for a night shoot. It was around 01:00 and bone chilling cold so it took a … Continue reading

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SWORD Looks Closer To Prime Time

SWORD, acronym for Sniper (Soldier) Weapon & Observer Reconnaissance Devices will be networkable with the addition of a smart device for display and communications. In its latest rendition, the system will enhance the warfighter’s situational awareness. SWORD is product of … Continue reading

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Deer Trail, CO, Officials Are Asked To Please NOT Shoot Down Drones.

Just when you think you’ve hear it all, you discover that you’re only at the tip of the iceberg. It appears that officials from Deer Trail, CO are contemplating issuing a $25 drone hunting license. They may even post a … Continue reading

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PEO Soldier Provides Overview of NETT Warrior

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iROBOT 110 First Look

  About two years ago, manufacturers began taking a very serious look at man portable miniaturized remotely operated vehicles. Today, we are seeing numerous entries covering aerial, ground and marine environments. … and, they just keep getting smaller! One example … Continue reading

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Snapzoom–Any Smartphone on any Optic

By: Sal Palma There’s no question that tactical application of notepads and smartphones is increasing at a rapid rate. These devices have added layers of capability previously missing from ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance). The iPhone and iPad, due to … Continue reading

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A Snapshot of Germany’s Bundeswehr Gladius Soldier System

Gladius Soldier System, formerly known as Infanterist der Zukunft (IdZ 2) was developed by Düsseldorf’s Rheinmetall Group. The system integrates command and control (C2) mobility, soldier, weapons and weapon accessories into a seamless and networkable fabric. Gladius has been in … Continue reading

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Russia’s Ratnik “Future Soldier Uniforms” Closer To Implementation.

Following France’s foot steps Russia’s military may soon have a fully integrated soldier system designated Ratnik. Ratnik is a subset of our, now debunked, FCS, Future Combat Systems. This represents a major inflection point in Russia’s approach to its military. … Continue reading

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The 2013 Counterterrorism Calendar

The Holidays have now passed into history. You had a tactical Christmas, and you even received the much coveted Hot Shot Calendar. So, what’s next? Look to the folks at the National Counterterrorism Center. The NCTC has published its 11th … Continue reading

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US Army To Acquire Additional Thermal Weapon Sights From Raytheon

Raytheon announced that it was selected by the U.S. Army to supply thermal weapon sights (TWS). The award has a maximum potential value of $131 million. The contract is not new business, but a three year extension to the existing … Continue reading

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DARPA Is Looking For A Multiband Camera System For Dismounted Soldiers

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) would like to see proposals for advanced helmet-mounted and clip-on camera systems, as part of its pixel network for dynamic visualization (PIXNET) program. The objective is to fuse all sensors, visible, near infrared … Continue reading

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Thales Acquired Gentex Corporation’s Visionix Business

Thales announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) and motion tracking businesses from Gentex Corporation. Called “Visionix,” the combined group designs, develops and delivers HMD, inertial tracking and sensor fusion technology for … Continue reading

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Vectronix, Inc. Awarded Contract for U.S. Army Handheld Precision Targeting Devices (HHPTD) Requirement.

Vectronix, Inc.  Ashburn, VA a wholly owned subsidiary of Vectronix AG in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, has been awarded the contract for the U.S. Army Handheld Precision Targeting Devices (HHPTD) requirement (Solicitation No. W91CRB-12-R-0028). The HHPTD, sponsored by the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force … Continue reading

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Apache Helicopters Engage Taliban Fighters: The Need To Strengthen C2ISR

This LiveLeak video is an outstanding example on the importance of our rotary wing assets, particularly in asymmetric conflicts. It illustrates the challenges faced by forces as they attempt to coordinate engagements. As the video chronicles, ground forces with visibility of insurgents, unavailable to … Continue reading

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SRW on Falcon III AN/PRC-117G

SRW or Soldier Radio Waveform is a byproduct of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) initiative.      SRW runs under software control on a software definable radio or SDR. SRW is a wide-band communications architecture providing concurrent voice and data communications along … Continue reading

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ReconRobotics To Supply Throwbot XTs To U.S. Army.

ReconRobotics makers of the Throwbot XT, an amazing throwable miniature robot, was awarded a $13.9 million contract by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force for up to 1,000 miniature, throwable, mobile robots. The Throwbot XT has been in use for sometime … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2012 / ISOF 2012 – AeroVironment Raven® UAS

When I first started talking about the UAS and UAV systems, I alluded to the fact that these devices are increasingly becoming and extension of the soldier operator and as important as anything else in his array of tools. My assertion is proving to be … Continue reading

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The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY)

The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative was news to me and I want to thank Steve Graves, Vice President of Marketing at Acumentrics, for introducing it to me. So, what is VICTORY? The Vehicle Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2012 / ISOF 2012 – SpotterRF Makes Its Debut

SpotterRF is a one-of-a-kind item in that it is the only surveillance radar in existence that will fit in a backpack. SoptterRF weighs a mere 3 pounds for the M80 and 4 pounds for the larger M600C model. The radar operates in … Continue reading

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Vectronix’s Terrapin Pocket Laser Range Finder

There are laser range finders and then there is a Vectronix PLRF.  The Terrapin offers robustness, reliability and accuracy at a manageable price point. If you’re a law enforcement organization struggling with diminishing budgets the Terrapin will give you basic … Continue reading

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Vectronix Introduces NiteSpotMR Its New Medium Range Clip-On Night Sight

Vectronix AG, Heerbrugg Switzerland, introduced the NiteSpotMR, a medium range clip-on night sight that adds night vision capability (I²) to a wide variety of rifles, at DSA 2012  in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. NiteSpotMR attaches to the front of a day-sight objective … Continue reading

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USSOCOM Is Looking For New Radios.

The USSOCOM’s CAR (Capital Equipment Replacement) Program was implemented to finance a series of tactical and strategic acquisitions. Towards the top of that list is communications. As USSOCOM is increasingly tasked with spearheading the low intensity asymmetric effort, their reliance … Continue reading

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BAE Systems OASYS Secures Deal To Supply USSOCOM With SkeeterIR®

 BAE Systems announced yesterday , April 11, 2012, that it has been awarded an $11 million contract to provide USSOCOM with its mini weapon mountable IR monocular,  SkeeterIR®. The SkeeterIR uses a Wilcox interface so it can be mounted to the helmet … Continue reading

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Vectronix PLRF25C Pocket Laser Range Finder

     It’s not often that one has the opportunity to T&E a piece of military technology that is truly excellent, and there’s certainly no shortage of laser range finders available to the warfighter; however, they generally involve compromising on … Continue reading

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SOF Get New Wireless Appliance – RTHD-2 from VT Miltope

Just when you thought life couldn’t get better, technology steps in shattering the illusion. VT Miltope’s RTHD-2 is a ruggedized handheld computer that obviates a need for a smartphone. It is a, first of its kind, wireless appliance integrating a … Continue reading

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Vectronix Introduces STERNA at AUSA, Whashington D.C.

STERNA PTLS STERNA is a full range of ultra-light, non-magnetic Precision Target Location Systems (PTLS) . All STERNA Precision Target Location Systems (PTLS) are based on Vectronix` new and unrestricted true north-finding capability providing very precise target coordinates, even in magnetically charged or … Continue reading

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Elbit Kicks Up The ISR Game One More Notch With ENGAGER…

Elbit Systems introduced today, during a media and analysts visit to its subsidiary, Elbit Systems Electro-optics Elop, “ENGAGER”- a new advanced remote reconnaissance gathering system. ENGAGER is designed for day and night operations and is highly suited for missions such as intelligence … Continue reading

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Elbit Systems Launches a Family of Multimedia Routing Solutions for Tactical Radio Networks at DSEi 2011

There is a great deal of interest in advancing the netcentric battlefield; however, relatively little attention has been given to the infrastructure that supports multi-IP and multimedia applications. It seemed that planners lacked a clear understanding of bandwidth requirements and performance metrics, … Continue reading

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Acoustic Shooter Locating System Now Ready for Market

Rheinmetall AG announced today that its active shooter detection system is ready for prime time. If  it proves to be reliable, the new detection system will add another level of security to the FOB as well as mechanized and foot … Continue reading

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German Army Deploys Carl Zeiss Panoramic Reconnaissance and Surveillance Systems To Protect FOB

Panoramic reconnaissance and surveillance systems by Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH protect the German forward operating bases (FOBs) in northern Afghanistan. The German army has ordered them to meet immediate deployment requirements. Comparable systems by Carl Zeiss Optronics have monitored the … Continue reading

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US Army’s AH-64D Apache Avionics Integration Program Gets JTRS

Lockheed Martin delivered the first secure joint tactical radio to US Army’s AH-64D Apache Avionics Integration Lab. The airborne, maritime / fixed station joint tactical Radio System, or AMF-JTRS as it is called, is a two channel radio running the Link … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2011 – Engage

The last part of the USSOCOM equation “Understand, Communicate, Move, Engage” addresses the kinetic component of the SOCOM mission. Active projects embraced by the engage variable include weapons, munitions, operator survivability, signature reduction, non-lethal technologies, vision augmentation and a variety of other … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2011 – Communicate

In my last SOFIC 2011 post, I touched on the “Understand” component of Adm. Olson’s vision for USSOCOM post Geronimo EKIA. It is at the heart of everything that USSOCOM does but more importantly it is key to meeting our military and … Continue reading

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