MOD to develop cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons

July 9, 2019 – The Ministry of Defence is developing cutting-edge laser and radio frequency weapons which have the potential to revolutionize the battlefield. The state-of-the-art weapons systems, known as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW), are powered solely by electricity and operate without ammunition. The systems could be fueled by a vehicle’s engine or a generator, significantly reducing their operating costs and providing unprecedented flexibility on the frontline. In a Prior Information Notice (PIN) published this week, the MOD announced it is seeking to develop three new DEW demonstrators to explore…

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Man arrested by CGIS for laser strike to Coast Guard helicopter in Puerto Rico

January 17, 2019 – One individual was arrested by Coast Guard Investigative Services, Thursday for performing multiple laser strikes on a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew in San Juan. On June 12, 2018 a Dolphin helicopter safely landed after they observed a green laser multiple times in the cockpit during flight operations. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a felony offense under 18 U.S. Code Section 39A, which states: “Whoever knowingly aims the beam of a laser pointer at an aircraft in the special…

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Elbit Systems of America Awarded Contract to Deliver the Two Color Laser System to Raytheon

January 3, 2019 – Elbit Systems of America was recently awarded a contract by Raytheon to deliver the Two Color Laser System (TCLS) for the Multi-Spectral Targeting System. The contract will be performed in 2019. TCLS is a production component within the electro-optical surveillance system for multiple military airborne platforms, including unmanned aerial vehicles. “The Two Color Laser System provides increased targeting accuracy and flexibility, minimizing the potential for collateral damage. These attributes are key to U.S. warfighters who depend on these systems for a successful mission,” said Raanan Horowitz,…

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Saab Launches New Laser Rangefinder Vidar

December 14, 2018 – Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Lurssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously announced. Rangefinders use a laser beam to measure the distance to the target, and Vidar can be used as an integral part of a surveillance or weapon system, for example in anti-aircraft…

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Navy Airborne Survey for Papua New Guinea waters

The Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight has just commenced a five week deployment to Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. While operating from Rabaul LADS will undertake hydrographic surveys in the Kavieng and Rabaul regions. Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Mark Matthews, said the survey will provide improved data that will be used to update the existing nautical charts used by all vessels. The survey will focus on the complex coastal passages at the northern end of New Ireland where Kavieng is the provisional capital. This work will help to identify passages…

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U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

By Jim Garamone May 3, 2018 — The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said here today. In her weekly news conference, White confirmed that two Air Force crewmen were slightly injured in one incident. “They are very serious incidents,” White said. “There have been two minor injuries. This activity poses a true … threat to our airmen.” The United States has formally “demarched” the Chinese government, and requested that the…

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