Multi-Spectral Targeting System

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

The MX™-15D designating turret from L-3 WESCAM was successfully used during a weapons demonstration on the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft. The demonstration effort was part of the Advanced Technology Tiltrotor (ATTR) program. Through a cooperative agreement between Bell Helicopter and L-3 WESCAM, the designating trials were conducted over a 14- day period in November of 2014 at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics, Defense, Military aircraft

Radar-Based Threat Detection

Rapiscan Systems
Torrance, CA

Rapiscan Systems recently announced the addition of CounterBomber, a radar-based threat-detection technology, to its portfolio of security products. The CounterBomber system can identifiy concealed person-borne threats, such as suicide vests and weapons, at stand-off distances. Using an optional remote networking capability, CounterBomber’s video-steered radar technology detects threats, even when the system operator is hundreds of meters away.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Defense, Radar

Floating Armor Torso System

BCB International Ltd.
Cardiff, UK
+44 (0)2920 433 700

A Floating Armor Torso System (FATS), designed for marine-based forces, inflates when coming into contact with water. If the wearer were to be shot or injured in the line of duty and fall into a river, lake or the sea, the BCB technology would automatically inflate within seconds. The armor increases to the capacity of the size of the inflatable.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Defense, Protective clothing

New Devices Could Help Soldiers Detect Chemicals and Bio Threats

Researchers are refining for Army use a commercial technology that will allow soldiers to accurately and rapidly detect an array of chemical and biological hazards - from mustard agent to anthrax - and then transmit those results to their higher command. At the same time, the technology is smart enough to differentiate between those chemicals which are dangerous and those that a soldier has carried with him into the environment on his own skin, such as bug spray or hand sanitizer.

Posted in: Articles, Defense, Detectors

Advancing the Use of Beryllium Bearing Materials for Unmanned Platforms

Aerospace and defense platforms are often regarded as the earliest adopters of new materials and processes technologies. Materials test programs provide validations of material supplier property claims, as the physical tests are performed and data is analyzed. Resultant material “design allowables” are developed and compared to the performance envelopes for the intended application(s). The quality of simulation software and the developed knowledge base that design and strength engineering personnel use for analyzing materials in the intended product design and environments have improved dramatically in the last decade. This has primarily been based on the efficiency and availability of computing capacity for complex simulations.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Materials, Simulation Software, Test & Measurement, Beryllium alloys, Unmanned aerial vehicles

Testing Reality in an Increasingly Complex Design Space

The universal adoption of digital 3-D design tools has truly changed forever the way that advanced products are created, from original concept studies, development, testing, and manufacturing, right through the lifecycle to maintainability, future enhancement, and long-term support. The ability to share detailed specifications and test data between all partners worldwide, but with controlled access as required throughout the supply chain, enables large and small suppliers to work to common standards and requirements, maintaining the same data accuracy across the network. This has not only saved valuable time, helping to reduce costs, but has brought about higher standards of product quality and, importantly, more traceability, providing a clear picture for project managers who have access in real time to progress at all levels.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Simulation Software, Test & Measurement, Design processes, Simulation and modeling, Test procedures, Aircraft

Unlocking the Power of Ceramic Matrix Composites

Faster, lighter, stronger, hotter – words anyone working on military product development is all too used to hearing. In a world where advanced computer modeling and simulation packages are helping engineers optimize new product designs to increase performance, oftentimes the limiting factors to meeting spec are the mechanical and thermal restrictions inherent to currently available engineering materials. Ceramic matrix composites, or CMCs, provide an entire world of new thermo-mechanical properties, allowing engineers the ability to unlock the potential of some of their most advanced high temperature and high speed designs.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Defense, Ceramics, Composites, Materials, Ceramics, Composite materials, Military vehicles and equipment