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Innovative tool
Cassidian demonstrates new technologies

A next generation Vehicle Protection Jammer that can detect a road side bomb in under a microsecond was being demonstrated last month by Cassidian. The innovative Vehicle Protection Jammer-thought to be the first of its kind in the world-is so advanced that it can rapidly alert military personnel to the presence of a road side bomb.

The Cassidian Vehicle Protection Jammer is ultra-fast Smart Responsive Jamming Technology to enhance the protection level substantially. It detects and classifies radio signals intended to ignite a roadside bomb. Then, it responds and transmits in real-time jamming signals tailored exactly to the hostile frequency band.

The device capitalizes on new digital receiver and signal processing technologies to achieve reaction times of well below a microsecond. This avoids the huge diverging loss of output power inherent in earlier-generation barrage jammers and concentrates the jamming energy on currently active threats only.

The Vehicle Protection Jammer core equipment is platform-independently certified including the protection of operators and maintenance personnel. It can easily be built into even small vehicles and therefore is ideally suited to replace vintage equipment.

Cassidian recently also launched a research program to develop future UAS technologies. The project, called “Sagitta”, will conduct basic research into future Unmanned Aerial Systems. With Sagitta, Cassidian, the European leader in UAS, is opting for an approach known as “open innovation”, under which research will be conducted in cooperation with German universities and institutes.

The reference configuration for the research work is a tailless flying wing with a wingspan of 12 metres. The demonstrator will initially be built on a scale of 1:4. The first wind tunnel tests have already been successfully completed.

Sagitta is concerned with a total of seven research areas of UAS development: preliminary aircraft design, aerodynamics, flight control systems, communications and data processing, vision-based flight control and air-to-air refuelling, materials and structure, autonomous flight and mission control, simulation and systems integration.

The Sagitta project includes the construction of a flight demonstrator, the purpose of which is to verify the validity and feasibility of the theoretical research results. Flights with the Sagitta flight demonstrator are scheduled for 2014.