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Iran claims successful test flight of replica US drone

By on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Iran said Monday that a copy of an American drone downed over its territory in 2011 had successfully completed its first test flight, promising to release footage of the experiment.

Tehran captured the US RQ-170 Sentinel in December 2011 while it was in its airspace, apparently on a mission to spy on the country’s nuclear sites, media in the United States reported.

Iran said it had taken control of the ultra hi-tech drone and forced it down in the desert where it was recovered nearly intact.

Washington says the drone crashed after experiencing a technical glitch.

In May, a military official said Iranian engineers had successfully built a replica of the American drone and that it would soon take a test flight.

Images broadcast by state television at the time appeared to show two near-identical drones.

“As promised, we have conducted the flight and a film of it will be broadcast shortly,” General Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards air wing, was quoted as saying by the corps’ own website.

Apart from a fast-moving ballistic weapons program, Iran has been producing drones since 2010 which the defence ministry says are capable of firing missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles).

Tehran says its weapons programs are purely for defensive purposes, but the United States whose Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain across the Gulf has often voiced concerns.

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‘Ambulance drone’ prototype unveiled in Holland

A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes.

Developed by Belgian engineering graduate Alec Momont, it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour).

“Around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year and only 8.0 percent survive,” Momont, 23, said at the TU Delft University.

“The main reason for this is the relatively long response time of emergency services of around 10 minutes, while brain death and fatalities occur with four to six minutes,” he said in a statement.

“The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometer (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent.”

Painted in emergency services yellow and driven by six propellers, the drone can carry a four kilogram load — in this case a defibrillator.

It tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate.

Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam.

The prototype has already attracted the interest of emergency services including that of Amsterdam, the Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad said.

The Dutch Heart Foundation also applauded the idea, the newspaper added.

Momont however wants his drone to become a “flying medical toolbox” able to carry an oxygen mask to a person trapped in a fire or an insulin injection to a diabetes sufferer.

However, the drone is still in its infancy as far as developing its steering mechanism and legal issues regarding its use are concerned, Momont said.

He said he hopes to have an operational emergency drone network across the Netherlands in five years.

The drone is expected to cost around 15,000 euros ($19,000) each.

“I hope it will save hundreds of lives in the next five years,” Momont said.

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Mapping drone prompts China to scramble fighter jets

By on Friday, October 24th, 2014

China deployed more than 1,200 troops and scrambled fighter jets in response to an unauthorised flight near Beijing airport by what turned out to be a mapping drone, state-run media reported Thursday.

Three men are being prosecuted over the incident, the China Daily said.

It cited prosecutors as saying that 1,226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters were sent into action after the aircraft was spotted on radar screens.

Police arrested two men as they flew the drone and a third confessed later, according to the paper, which is published by the government. All three men worked for an aviation technology company, the report said, and the 2.3-metre-long (seven-and-a-half-foot) drone was intended to be used for survey and mapping purposes.

China forbids any flights, manned or unmanned, without prior approval from the air force, civil aviation authorities and the local air traffic control bureau.

A New Zealand man was briefly detained by police in June after he flew a camera-equipped drone over the Forbidden City, a popular tourist site and former residence of China’s emperors, which sits next to China’s top-secret leadership compound.

The Beijing airport drone incident, which happened last December, caused 10 flights to be delayed, the newspaper added.

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Gallery: Blue-Sky Thinking Colors China’s Drone Industry

By on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Carrier-based aircraft are military aircraft designed specifically for operations from aircraft carriers. The term is generally applied only to fixed-wing aircraft, as naval helicopters are able to operate from a wider variety of aviation-capable ships. Carrier-based aircraft must be relatively sturdy to withstand demanding carrier operations.

They must be able to launch in a short distance and be sturdy enough to withstand the often abrupt forces associated with launching and recovering from a pitching deck and commonly have mechanisms to fold the wings to allow more to be carried on board.

These aircraft are designed for many purposes including air-to-air combat, surface attack, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), search and rescue (SAR), transport (COD), weather observation, reconnaissance and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) duties.

The 5th China Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Conference and Exhibition was held in Beijing. Hosted by the Chinese Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the exhibition is to be held at the China International Exhibition Centre from September 16 to September 18.

The exhibition focuses on the “military and civilian integration” of unmanned aerial vehicle industry. Different forces, such as the naval armaments department, weapons, ships, armed police and others, are injected to prosper the industry.

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Iran unveils new missile-equipped drone

By on Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Iran on Tuesday unveiled a new missile-equipped drone to boost its military arsenal, as part of events marking the end of its 1980-1988 war against Iraq.

Iranian engineers working for the armed forces have “built the drones to carry air defence missiles”, deputy defence minister General Amir Hatami said, quoted by Fars news agency.

“The research, experimentation and testing phases have been completed,” he said.

“These new drones are capable of destroying different types of aircraft, including fighters, drones and helicopters,” he added, without giving technical specifications.

State television broadcast footage of what it said was the new drone being uncovered at a ceremony held at a secret location.

Apart from a fast-moving ballistic weapons program, Iran has since 2010 been producing drones which the defence ministry says are capable of firing missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometers (more than 600 miles).

Tehran says its weapons program are purely for defensive purposes, but the United States whose Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain across the Gulf has often voiced concerns.

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Tiga Unit “Drone” Buatan PT DI Bakal Dirilis Akhir Tahun Ini

04 September 2014

 Wulung UAV (photo : kaskus militer)

KOMPAS.com – Tiga unit drone yang dikembangkan oleh Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) kini tengah diproduksi oleh PT Dirgantara Indonesia. Rencananya, tiga unit drone itu akan dirilis akhir tahun ini.

Hal itu disampaikan Direktur Pusat Teknologi industri Pertahanan Keamanan BPPT, Joko Purwono, Rabu (3/9/2014). “Sekarang masih dalam proses produksi di PTDI, dan rencananya dalam waktu dekat sudah selesai,” kata Joko di ujung telepon.

Ketiga Drone itu diberi nama Wulung PA 08, 09 dan PA 10. Ketiganya dipersiapkan untuk tujuan pengawasan daerah perbatasan. Dengan kemampuan beroperasi hingga enam jam, pesawat nir awak ini mampu terbang dengan ketinggian 10 hingga 12 ribu meter. 

Hingga kini belum dipastikan lokasi pengoperasian tiga unit drone ini. Namun, diperkirakan Pontianak akan lebih dulu menggunakan ini mengingat pihak terkait dinilai lebih siap.

Kamera surveillance pada UAV Wulung (photo : Audrey)

Joko mengatakan, produksi Wulung juga sekaligus menyatakan kesiapan lembaga penelitian untuk mendukung rencana presiden terpilih Jokowi dalam menggunaan drone guna pengawasan wilayah nusantara.

Kepala Program Pesawat Terbang Tanpa Awak (PTTA) itu optimistis, Wulung mumpuni. “Kita harus bisa buktikan bahwa Wulung bisa memberikan manfaat,” tutur Joko. Bila dapat beroperasi dengan baik, rencananya dua unit drone akan diproduksi lagi.

Wulung telah mengalami beberapa pengembangan dari prototype-nya. Misalnya, Wulung sudah menggunakan noice reduction untuk mengatasi masalah kebisingan yang sebelumnya dikeluhkan.

Wulung sebelumnya telah diujicoba terbang pada 11 Oktober 2012. Pesawat terbang tanpa awak itu dinyatakan mampu terbang dengan jelajah maksimum 73,4 kilometer. Wulung bakal dilengkapi dengan kamera mumpuni seharga Rp 1 miliar. 

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Pakar UAV Dunia Tawarkan “Drone” Garuda Khusus untuk Indonesia

02 September 2014

Ilustrasi Indonesian Sky Scanner Drone Garuda. (image : Kompas)

KOMPAS.com – Pakar UAV dunia menawarkan drone untuk mendukung visi presiden terpilih Joko Widodo. Penawaran tersebut dikatakan khusus untuk Indonesia.

Josaphat Tetuko Sri Sumantyo yang juga berasal dari Indonesia menawarkan drone bernama Indonesian Sky Scanner Drone Garuda.

Drone tersebut adalah jenis stratosphere drone. Drone ini dirancang terbang di ketinggian 13-20 kilometer di atas permukaan laut sehingga tidak mengganggu penerbangan sipil.

“Stratosphere drone ini saya propose khusus untuk Indonesia saja,” kata Josh yang saat ini bekerja di Center for Environmental Remote Sensing, Chiba University, Jepang.

Josh telah memaparkan drone yang dikembangkannya kepada perwira di Direktorat Topografi TNI-AD dan Dinas Survei dan Pemotretan Udara TNI-AU pada 15 Agustus 2014 lalu di Jakarta.

Drone Garuda memiliki dua fungsi, sebagai drone sekaligus satelit. Selain itu, drone ini juga dapat dilengkapi dengan beragam sensor, mulai kamera hingga teleskop.

Dengan beragam sensor, drone bisa mendukung tujuan pengawasan wilayah perbatasan, penebangan dan perikanan ilegal, sampai pengejaran terorisme.

Ada beragam sensor yang bisa dibeli. Namun, Indonesia juga bisa mengembangkannya sendiri sekaligus memberdayakan ilmuwan dan akademisi di lokal.

Contoh sensor yang bisa dikembangkan Indoensia antara lain sensor cuaca dan relay telekomunikasi untuk daerah terpencil.

Untuk perangkat navigasi, Indonesia harus mengembangkan sendiri. Sistem navigasi biasa macam GPS tidak bisa digunakan sebab ketinggian maksimal pemakaian GPS adalah 18 km.

“Bila kita kembangkan dan operasikan saat ini secepatnya, maka jelas bisa dikatakan ini buatan Indonesia dan Indonesia menjadi pemimpin terdepan,” urai Josh lewat email, Senin (1/9/2014).

Josh yang mengepalai Josaphat Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory mengatakan, jumlah drone “Garuda” yang dibutuhkan sesuai dengan tujuan pemantauan.

Misalnya, jika tujuan pemakaian drone adalah untuk pemantauan daerah perbatasan kritis seperti Malaysia, Australia, dan Papua Niugini, jumlah drone yang dibutuhkan 6 unit.

Sementara, Josh mengungkapkan bahwa untuk satu unit drone, harganya adalah Rp 10 miliar, belum termasuk ragam sensornya.

Sensor setidaknya terdiri atas sensor optik dan Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) yang dapat tembus awan dengan harga kira-kira 10M dan 15M rupiah.

Harga tersebut berlaku bila menggunakan komponen-komponen impor. Bila komponen bisa dikembangkan sendiri dan produksi massal, harga bisa ditekan.

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