Moscow hosts UAV exhibition
The UVS-TECH 2009 Unmanned Multipurpose Vehicle Systems International Forum and Exhibition displayed drones at Moscow's Expocenter January 27-29.
The exhibition featured mainly airplane and helicopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned balloon systems, as well as unmanned ground, underwater and surface systems, plus steering, orientation, control, surveillance, navigation and data processing systems.
Forty three Russian companies took part in the exhibition.
Six Russian companies, including ENICS Kazan, Vega Moscow, the Moscow-based Kulon Research Institute, Rybinsk-based Luch Design Bureau, Ryazan State Instrument-Making Plant and the Moscow-based Avionika research and production complex exhibited their defense-related products.
Over 160 companies from 25 countries took part in the exhibition.
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[Taking odds the Iranians got a little help.]
Iran develops spy drone capable of reaching Israel
Iranian scientists have developed an unmanned aerial vehicle capable of reaching Israel, an Iranian news agency said on Wednesday, citing a senior military official.
Deputy Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi made the announcement on Tuesday and described the development as "an important achievement," the Fars news agency reported.
"However, we cannot disclose the details of this project at present," the official said.
The reported range of 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) would make it possible for the Iranian drone to reach Israel.
Iran launched a domestic arms development program after a U.S. weapons embargo was imposed during its 1980-88 war with Iraq. Since 1992, Iran has reportedly produced its own Saeqeh and Azarakhsh jet fighters, stealth-capable Ghadir submarine, missile boats, torpedoes, tanks and armored carrier vehicles.
Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on January 27 that Iran had achieved self-sufficiency in manufacturing combat missiles of various modifications.
He added that Iran would continue to build up its defense capability to ensure regional stability and security.
"Our greater defense power is no threat to other countries," he said. "Iran only needs a system to deter and repulse possible external aggression against it."
Both Israel and the United States have refused to rule out the possibility of military action against Tehran over its failure to obey international nuclear non-proliferation demands.
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h/t: Patriot Room
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This is a clip from FutureWeapons documenting the Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAS (Unmanned Combat Air System). Recent advances in robotics, sensors and artificial intelligence are used to engineer a drone aircraft that can perform naval missions and land on aircraft carriers autonomously. To develop this system, virtual prototyping and simulations are linked to actual aircraft control system hardware so engineers are able to monitor how the computer will operate the aircraft. This will ensure that the robot will perform as expected before it is built.
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