Modern Battlefield Technologies

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  1. Kunal Biswas

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    High-tech winter gear for soldiers

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    Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System Completes Live-Fire Demonstration

    Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System Completes Live-Fire Demonstration

    Raytheon's Mobile Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System Completes Live-Fire Demonstration

    YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

    Raytheon Company and Oshkosh Corp., partnering with the U.S. Army and Navy, proved the maneuverability, integration and performance of the Mobile Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System during a recent live-fire demonstration.

    The MLPWS integrates the combat-proven Centurion Land-Based Phalanx Weapon System on a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) A3. All functions of the Centurion design featuring the Phalanx Block 1B are maintained on the MLPWS, which provides a more flexible component to the U.S. Army's Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar initiative.

    "We met or exceeded every objective of the demonstration," said Diane Misiak, Raytheon's Close-In Weapon Systems director. "The system successfully tracked, engaged and destroyed nine inert mortars. MLPWS also maneuvered more than 28 miles on paved and off-road conditions without any damage to the system. All MLPWS functions were integrated with the HEMTT platform and performed flawlessly."

    In the MLPWS configuration, Phalanx uses a 20 mm M61A1 Gatling gun that fires M-940 self-destruct rounds at a rate of 4,500 shots per minute. The system features an advanced search and track radar with closed-loop spotting technology that enables autonomous target detection and engagement. Phalanx can be interfaced with other sensors and systems to provide overarching protection of high-value sites on the ground.

    Oshkosh's HEMTT is a series of 10-ton, eight-wheel-drive vehicles designed to provide transport capabilities for resupply of combat vehicles and weapons systems. The HEMTT A3 features revolutionary ProPulse(R) diesel-electric drive technology that can improve fuel efficiency by at least 20 percent compared with other HEMTT models. An integrated generator can deliver more than 100 kilowatts of military-grade AC power for external operations. This advanced vehicle can climb a 60 percent grade, cross the most challenging terrain and achieve 65 mph on secondary roads.



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    Israeli Army Introduces New 120mm Tank Round

    ISRAEL - 24 JANUARY 2011

    RAMAT HASHARON, Israel --- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Armored Corps positioned along the Gaza Strip were recently equipped with IMI's new High Explosive Multi-Purpose (HE-MP) M339 tank round (in Hebrew: Kalanit).

    The advanced tank round has been developed by IMI as a response to an urgent request of the IDF Armored Corps based on lessons learned in the 2006 Second Lebanon War and the 2008 Cast Lead Operation.

    The unique, state-of-the-art tank round is designed for the Merkava Mk3 and Mk4 and worldwide Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) equipped with 120mm smooth bore guns.

    The sophisticated round is based on the knowledge, experience and successful implementation of IMI's 105mm APAM-MP-T M117/1 tank round which has been in use and combat proven by the IDF in recent years.

    The newly developed tank round is based on the perception of using one kind of round against a wide range of targets and scenarios in the modern battlefield, ultimately decreasing the different kinds of tank rounds used before.

    The fuse of the tank round is programmable after it is loaded in the chamber, enabling the crewmen increased capability in both handling and in accomplishing their goals in all fighting scenarios- against fortifications, urban structures, Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), as well as, anti-tank and ambush infantry squads.

    When used against fortified structures or bunkers, the round effectively penetrates the obstacle before detonating, scattering thousands of deadly fragments inside.

    The M339, which is referred to by the IDF as the "Kalanit", has recently undergone successful field trials and has proven to be an important advantage for the Armored Corps in fulfilling their missions in the protection of the Israeli settlements around Gaza as it provides efficient and accurate hit capabilities, while significantly minimizing collateral damage.

    The "Kalanit" tank round sheds light on IMI's capability to supply the Israeli Defense Forces with advanced solutions, meant to fully respond to specific and urgent needs.


    Source: Israel Military Industries Ltd.
     
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    120mm HE-MP-T, M339 Cartridge

    Description:

    • 120mm HE Multi Purpose M339 Cartridge
    • Extremely effective against LAVs, bunkers and field fortification
    and incapacitate infantry (especially Anti-tank squads - Ambush)
    • Used for MOUT and asymmetric threats
    • Excellent accuracy.
    • Highly lethal against dismounted infantry.
    • Long range disengagement.
    • Programmable, multifunctional fuze with 3 modes of operation:
    - Impact PDD – Point Detonation Delayed
    - Impact PD – Point Detonation Super Quick
    - Air Burst - AB
    • Compatible with NATO 120-mm smoothbore tank guns,
    L-44 and L-55.


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    84mm Carl Gustav HEAT 751 Shaped Charge tamdem warhead

    84mm Carl Gustav HEAT 751 Shaped Charge tamdem warhead




    Looks like this is effective against personel hiding inside buildings or behind compound walls.
     
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    LSAT- the future of small arms

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    American Rifleman has a long history of showcasing the latest developments in military arms and ammunition. What follows is a close look at cutting-edge work that is well underway toward the goal of sharply reducing the infantry soldier’s combat load. It could be the future of U.S. infantry weapons.

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    The Lightweight Small Arms Technologies program (LSAT) has been on our radar screen since its inception in 2003. Plastic-cased cartridges are already performing well, and caseless ammunition—a concept dating back to the dawn of firearms—is said to offer the greatest potential. Today, these high-tech cartridges and the innovative lightweight small arms that fire them are showing great promise. What emerges from these experiments is likely to yield benefits not only to the military, but also to law enforcement and to the shooting sports.

    It’s real and right now: a dramatically different squad automatic weapon (SAW) that fires radically new ammunition. And this combination is half the combat weight of the M249, the current SAW. We asked the Army’s program manager how soon it could be in the hands of Americas warfighters? That is a tough question, so lets go back a few years.

    The Army-led Joint Services Small Arms Program (JSSAP) challenged the defense industry to develop and present innovative ideas for dramatically reducing the combined gun and ammunition weight in a family of small arms. These new arms are intended to bridge the gap between what is in use now and the directed energy “ray guns” or other radical armament that might be available to the American soldier of 2025.

    In March 2005 it was publicly announced that the concept from well-respected defense contractor AAI—heading up a team of eight specialized companies—had been judged superior to that of rival General Dynamics, and was “downselected” by JSSAP for further development. At the time, AAI’s proposed Squad Automatic Weapon and its radical ammunition existed only in “virtual reality”—animated 3-D models generated by astonishingly complex computer programs. With JSSAP’s approval and selection of these digital designs came sufficient funding to begin fabrication of actual cartridges and the guns to send rounds downrange.

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    Live Fire Demonstration

    By May 2007, things were moving along so well with the Cased Telescoped (CT) ammunition and prototype SAW that Kori Spiegel, JSSAP’s LSAT project manager, took the calculated risk of authorizing the first public LSAT live-fire demonstration held in conjunction with the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Small Arms Symposium.

    Tim Livelsberger pumped out nearly 50 rounds of CT in flawless semi- and full-automatic operation from the serial number 1 (SN1) light machine gun. This clearly showed that its theoretical potential had been turned into something very real. It seemed that the uncannily light gun and its distinctive plastic “lipstick tube” ammunition were on the fast track to fielding.

    Invitation To AAI

    Further inquiries were rewarded with an invitation for the author to visit AAI’s Hunt Valley, Md., headquarters for an exclusive LSAT status briefing in December 2007. This also included the opportunity to formally interview Spiegel and the program’s other top official, AAI’s Paul Shipley, who heads the corporation’s team of industry partners.

    I was brought up to date on the series of successful demonstrations for senior officers and others in the military community that followed LSAT’s public debut seven months earlier. All have included the opportunity to handle and shoot the CT serial number 1 prototype with “Spiral 2” (second generation) cased telescoped ammunition on military ranges with pop-up targets positioned from 100 to 800 meters.

    These demonstrations allow decision makers to assess the system’s combat potential. “Results have been very positive,” Spiegel said, “particularly in favorable comments on the design’s light weight, mild recoil and accuracy—all measurably superior to the current squad automatic weapon.” Live fire video clips of this arm in action are available for viewing at www.americanrifleman.org.

    Shipley told us that the test and demonstration prototype CT SN1 has received a pretty good workout along the way. “We’ve fired about 5,000 rounds in that weapon,” he said, “in temperature conditions from very cold to very hot.”

    So, what’s next? LSAT fact sheets predict the gun and ammunition being transitioned to Program Manager Soldier Weapons (PMSW) in 2010. Why two more years? Spiegel replied this date was a guideline and there are compelling reasons to keep it in “Technology Base” for a bit longer. “It’s more about the best solution,” she explained. “Cased Telescoped [ammunition] is out in front, time-wise—probably between six months to a year ahead of where we are with caseless. We could transition that package tomorrow and PMSW could continue to develop it and then field it in a few years. But we think there’s more potential there and we should work more on the caseless, or in developing other types of weapons, and really find the right fit for our user before … transition.”

    Indeed, as I saw a bit later that day in a visit to AAI’s subterranean small-arms test range, engineers from ARES, the weapon design partner, were working with counterparts from AAI in conducting live-fire experiments with the updated CT SN2 weapon. I received a close look at ATK’s latest caseless ammunition, but the test fixture that fires it—said to be significantly different in mechanical function from that of CT—was literally under wraps for security purposes.

    I asked about “thermal management,” the vexing problem of keeping the LSAT from prematurely overheating. Shipley corrected the misconception that this is particularly challenging in both CT and CL because there is no brass case that ejects along with most of the heat generated on firing. Brass transfers a lot of heat to the chamber, he said, but the CT’s polymer case is an insulator.

    The CT’s “combination of a separate chamber and polymer case results in considerable heat isolation,” Shipley explained. “You can fire to the point where the barrel is too hot to touch yet the chamber is only slightly warm.” And Spiegel said that the high-temperature steel used in the barrel was nothing unusual.

    “There’s no ‘unobtanium’ [miraculous metal] in the weapon itself,” she said. “The only thing we haven’t made a determination on yet is the chamber for the caseless weapon,” she offered. “We are looking at everything including ceramics, approaching it from all angles. We want to find the optimum combination and that will probably be some kind of ‘sandwich,’ but we don’t know yet.”

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    Optimum Caliber

    Proponents of various alternative calibers should take heart. Both Spiegel and Shipley were careful to point out that the conventional G.I. 5.56x45 mm ball and tracer bullets used in the program’s experimental CT ammo serve primarily as a baseline standard since everyone can relate to their performance.

    “There is some other work in the Army for what they’re calling a ‘green bullet’ program which is not only lead-free, but probably has other improvements in it,” Spiegel said. “We’d like to see if we could integrate that with our ammunition as well as look at calibers other than 5.56 millimeter. We would like an optimum caliber, we just don’t know yet what that is.”

    Virtual Guns And Ammunition

    LSAT information papers indicate that a lot of the most challenging obstacles in ammunition and firing mechanisms had been cleared ahead of time in super-smart computer models. Both Spiegel and Shipley were quick to credit partner firms for their expertise in this cutting-edge computer science. “They’re bringing gun design into the 21st Century,” Spiegel said. “We did some of it with the Objective Crew Served Weapon (circa 1995) but really the tools weren’t there to do it back then.”

    Once a decision is made on CT vs. CL with a well-developed prototype weapon, the team would like to move the system into limited production stage before handing it off to PMSW. “Our plan is to bring a weapon producer on before that so we can get a little bit of the manufacturing experience,” Spiegel said. “We have a lot of R&D experience on this team, we don’t have a lot of weapon manufacturing experience. We’d like to get a little bit of feedback as far as designing parts, making parts, materials, that kind of thing.”


    LSAT’s Future

    JSSAP’s winning LSAT team is uniquely structured to make the best use of the program’s many and very different scientific, technical and soldier-interface disciplines. The lead contractor is defense giant Textron’s AAI subsidiary, with more than a half-century of experience in armament and ammunition development. Its five main partners include ARES for weapon engineering, ATK and General Dynamics’ St. Marks Powder for ammunition, Battelle for material investigation and Omega Training for human factors.

    Cased Telescoped LMG Weapon Prototype serial number 2 is nearing finalization, making best use of important lessons learned along the way and optimized for the latest CT cartridges. A prototype Caseless Telescoped weapon is coming soon.

    At this point, I’ve seen enough evidence on LSAT to convince me that the program is making meaningful progress. This leads to intriguing possibilities for some likely spin-offs and their benefits to military, law enforcement and shooting sports. Consider the deceptively modest phrase “family of weapons” in LSAT fact sheets. Might this family include pistols, rifles and machine guns?

    I learned that AAI is already at work on a lightweight assault rifle to fire the same CT and CL ammunition for the LSAT SAW. This initiative is particularly timely given growing dissatisfaction with the U.S. military’s currently issued M16 rifle and M4 carbine.

    If caseless ammunition advances to the point where it is comparable to traditional, brass-cased cartridges in price, performance and durability, a number of practical reasons would invite change.

    The Crystal Ball
    A final try for an answer to the “when” question was once again met by Spiegel with the kind of cautious wisdom that comes from many years of experience. “We just don’t know because both cartridge types hold so much promise and there’s more work to be done,” she advised. “My assumption for LSAT’s transition to Program Manager Soldier Weapons is that it would not happen before 2010.”

    I didn’t ask Spiegel to speculate on how long it will take after her team’s finalized “best solution” gun and ammunition have been passed on to PMSW before the M249 is replaced. By this time I realized that it was just not a fair question. So I didn’t ask about ray guns, either.

    AAI’s website has a downloadable LSAT brochure and more at www.aaicorp.com. Click Advanced Programs then Lightweight Small Arms Technologies. A formal briefing on LSAT was presented at National Defense Industrial Association’s Small Arms Symposium.





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    More info on the action of the rifle, and aerodynamics of the bullet pls.
     
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    The bullet is same as NATO FMJ 5.56mm, But case less bullets, The brass case is replaced by plastic which gives low weight..
     
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    Cool, I saw the pdf file you had included. The guns would feature the LONG STROKE GAS PISTON a la AK's. Maybe 7.62X39 m deserves a caseless ammo too.
     
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    OTO Melara 76mm gun with Strales ammunition

    [h=2] OTO Melara 76mm gun with Strales ammunition [/h]

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    JAGM: Ready for Production

    JAGM: Ready for Production



    Lockheed Martin's JAGM is mature, capable and ready for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase. Its missile production track record and active missile assembly lines uniquely position it to move seamlessly into EMD and low-rate initial production, with the same commitment and people that make HELLFIRE II the most trusted precision-guided weapon on today's battlefield.
     
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    Saab Unveils Amazing 'Magic Maps' for Military

    [h=2]Saab Unveils Amazing 'Magic Maps' for Military [/h]

    FoxNews.com can exclusively reveal this never-before-seen military technology, which can create an incredibly detailed and accurate 3D map of a battlefield and -- with the help of footage from a nearby drone as an overlay -- provide real-time information on the war zone. These maps are "geo-referenced," meaning they incorporate latitude, longitude and height, and they’re accurate to within an amazing four inches.

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    Will be an excellent force multiplier for the Arty OP/FOO or the Mor OP and will help bracketing and saving of ammunition.
     
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    If it is as good as they projecting, it'll do wonders for the terrain hugging stealth missions. With this tech "Abottabad" will be much easy.
     
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    Lockheed Martin - MONAX Morph : Persistent Wireless Broadband Communications Network

    [h=1]Lockheed Martin - MONAX Morph : Persistent Wireless Broadband Communications Network[/h]

    3G Wireless to the Tactical Edge.

    MONAX is a powerful, new communications system that combines the convenience of smartphone technology with the power and flexibility of a secure, highly portable infrastructure. MONAX gives our nation's warfighters the convenient and immediate communication capability they need to achieve mission success.

    The 3G wireless system, consists of a unique portable MONAX Lynx sleeve that connects touch-screen Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) smartphones to the MONAX XG Base Station infrastructure on the ground or in airborne platforms, offering uninterrupted service to warfighters in the field.

    This COTS based, smartphone enabling interface operates anywhere in theater. MONAX uses a secure RF Link, protected through strong exportable encryption enabling the transfer of pertinent and sensitive information with speed and ease. With improved, flexible range and penetration delivering superior link performance in voice, video and data transmission, MONAX ensures that the information soldiers need at "the first tactical mile" is only one click away.
     
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    155 BONUS Top-Attack Anti-Armour Shell

    155 BONUS Top-Attack Anti-Armour Shell



    The BONUS round is fired from a regular 155mm howitzer and releases two submunitions who then searches for armored vehicles in a spiral pattern. When the target is located the unit fires an EFP (Explosivley Formed Penetrator) that kills the target.
     
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    SMArt 155 is a German 155 mm artillery round, designed for a long range, indirect fire top attack role against armoured vehicles. The SMArt carrier shell contains two submunitions, which descend over the battlefield on ballutes and attack hardened targets with explosively formed penetrator warheads. Built with multiple redundant self-destruct mechanisms, these submunitions were specifically designed to fall outside the category of submunition weapons prohibited by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.


    The name SMArt 155 is a contraction of its German name Suchzünder Munition für die Artillerie 155 (meaning "sensor-fused munition for 155mm artillery"). SMArt is manufactured by GIWS mbh (Gesellschaft für Intelligente WirkSysteme mbH), a partnership between German armaments companies Rheinmetall and Diehl BGT Defence.


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    SMArt 155 is a 155 mm NATO artillery round designed to be fired from the Panzerhaubitze 2000 and the M109 howitzers, including the Paladin variant. It consists of a 47 kilograms (100 lb) heavy artillery projectile containing two autonomous, sensor-fused, fire-and-forget submunitions.The submunitions each contain a high-penetration EFP warhead for use against even heavy armoured armoured fighting vehicles like main battle tanks. The EFP warhead uses a heavy metal liner.


    After the submunition is released it opens a parachute. While slowly descending, the submunition rotates, scanning the area below with an infra-red sensor and a millimeter wave radar.


    The sensor system relying on several types of sensors give SMArt 155 the ability to be used in every type of terrain independent of the weather conditions.


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    US artillery largely deploys the M712 Copperhead laser-guided direct-fire round for the anti-tank role. GIWS formed a partnership with US defence contractor Alliant Techsystems, hoping to sell SMArt 155 to the United States armed forces; to date no sale has been made. The US developed the similar M898 SADARM system (which also descended on a ballute to attack the top surfaces of armoured vehicles), but this was discontinued in favour of the GPS guided M982 Excalibur round.


    SMArt 155 is very similar to BAE Systems AB's BONUS-155 system; BONUS descends on a system of winglets rather than a parachute.
     
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    [h=1]MONAX (MONAX)[/h] [h=2]4G Wireless to the Tactical Edge[/h]
    MONAX is a powerful, new communications system that combines the convenience of smartphone technology with the power and flexibility of a secure, highly portable infrastructure. MONAX gives our nation’s warfighters the convenient and immediate communication capability they need to achieve mission success.


    The 4G wireless system, consists of a unique portable MONAX Lynx sleeve that connects touch-screen COTS smartphones to the MONAX XG Base Station infrastructure on the ground or in airborne platforms, offering uninterrupted service to warfighters in the field.


    This COTS based, smartphone enabling interface operates anywhere in theater. MONAX uses a secure RF Link, protected through strong exportable encryption enabling the transfer of pertinent and sensitive information with speed and ease. With improved, flexible range and penetration delivering superior link performance in voice, video and data transmission, MONAX ensures that the information soldiers need at “the first tactical mile” is only one click away.


    MONAX offers a rich set of applications and governance, leveraging commercial smartphone application development and application store model. Applications can be easily written or re-hosted on a smartphone, reviewed/approved for mission effectiveness, hosted in a 24x7 app store and made available to the warfighter.





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    [h=1]EXCLUSIVE: Saab Unveils Amazing 'Magic Maps' for Military[/h][​IMG]

    Maps may not sound sexy. But Saab's real-time 3D maps will nonetheless make your eyes pop.
    Remember those magic maps from the Harry Potter books that tracked the location of every wizard at Hogwarts -- down to the last footstep? Saab’s Rapid 3D Mapping is far, far cooler.


    FoxNews.com can exclusively reveal this never-before-seen military technology, which can create an incredibly detailed and accurate 3D map of a battlefield and -- with the help of footage from a nearby drone as an overlay -- provide real-time information on the war zone. These maps are "geo-referenced," meaning they incorporate latitude, longitude and height, and they’re accurate to within an amazing four inches.
    "We truly believe that Rapid 3D Mapping will revolutionize the field of geospatial intelligence and the way military and security forces get access to much needed accurately geo-referenced data," Saab director Michael Olofsson told FoxNews.com.
    Given that this is cutting-edge technology, Saab's Olofsson won't explain exactly how it works, other than in general terms -- it uses aerial images from aircraft, UAVs, helicopters and satellites to build its terrain maps. All the company needs is the exact location of a camera in the sky to work out precise angles.


    Once built, the potential applications for this technology are limitless.suppose a commander wants to find the best spots for snipers in a town he's approaching. Because every pixel is geo-referenced, he can place a virtual sniper within the Saab map to study his 360-degree point of view and find the best vantage point.


    The commander can also anticipate who can see him and from where, to discover where enemy snipers might already be lurking.
    En route to the town, let’s say his platoon falls under attack. With a live feed from an unmanned aircraft (UAV) or even sensors on a patrol vehicle, he can get the full picture of the surroundings on a real-time 3D map instantly -- not five hours later.


    IEDs are an ongoing threat to forces. With UAV footage, Saab's maps can identify changes in soil in the route that lies ahead that may signify a recently hidden IED.


    Traditionally, 3D mapping had to be executed by hand -- using a computer, that is. Engineers had to model every building separately, a process that can take months. An alternative technology called LIDAR uses laser scanning to gauge the height of buildings, but that takes even more time -- and to get texture on buildings requires aerial imagery anyway.


    Saab's Rapid 3D Mapping processes height and texturizes immediately, and allows one to zoom in on actual war zone terrain to plan.When capturing data from an aircraft, up to 100 square kilometers can be captured per hour. When aerial spotters are flown at 1,500 feet, each pixel is accurate to within four inches.


    To put it in context, a desert would take an hour to image; a complete 3D map of 100 square kilometers could be built in five. Urban areas take slightly longer, because there is more data when there are lots of tall buildings: Downtown Manhattan, for example, would take about five hours to capture and therefore 15 hours to map.


    There are a range of important homeland security applications for this technology, as well, notably security cameras: By using the “virtual sniper” application, one can plan optimal coverage of security cameras in a virtual environment -- or scan for potential threats if, say, the president were paying a visit to town.


    In a flood or other disaster, Rapid 3D Mapping could map water levels and indicate what areas are affected and where there is rising water. In a first-responder command and control center, it can give an accurate picture of the civilian space showing where police, fire, helicopters and other support are located. When a person rings in, a dispatcher can ask the caller to describe the environment and enter this information into the model so that first responders can identify how to send help most effectively.
    3D Rapid Mapping brings the black box to the soldier in the field. It takes thousands of photos and uses only the very best, Saab claims, therefore reducing the data volume by 40 to 60 times. All that's needed is a laptop or handheld to look at the data. It can even be used on iPhones, iPads or smartphones.




     
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