Twenty UAS Hardware in the Loop simulators are being used in the annual Locked Shields exercise hosted by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. The simulators will imitate the activity of unmanned aerial vehicles giving the exercise a realistic touch.

“We are truly glad and honoured that our simulators are used in the largest and most advanced international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world. We hope that our simulators provide the security experts an opportunity to solve the event’s scenario in the best and most realistic way,” said Villiko Nurmoja, the CEO of Threod Systems.

According to Nurmoja, the simulator is designed to provide a cost-effective way for training the UAS operators and teams. In addition, the simulators can be used to give a realistic opportunity to test UAVs in different environments and weather conditions, and rehearse sensitive and high-risk missions in a safe, controlled environment. Furthermore, the simulators can give an overview of UAS concept and technical solutions, they also help to develop UAS operating procedures, reduce the UAS life-cycle costs and plan UAS missions.

In addition to the simulators being used in the exercise, Threod Systems is showcasing unmanned aerial vehicles EOS mini-UAV and KX-4 LE. Besides a supplementary simulator is available on-site where the participants and guests can test their skills and knowledge themselves.

Locked Shields 2017 takes place on April 24-28 in Tallinn, Estonia. Around 800 participants from 25 nations will be involved in this years’ event. The exercise is organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in cooperation withthe Estonian Defence Forces, the Finnish Defence Forces, the Swedish Defence University, the British Joint Army, the United States European Command, Air Operations COE and Tallinn University of Technology. Industry partners in the exercise include Siemens AG, Threod Systems, Cyber Test Systems, Clarified Security, Iptron, Bytelife, BHC Laboratory,openvpn.net, GuardTime and numerous others.

 

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Following an integration effort by Threod engineers of its TSAP-6000 autopilot with a Sagetech transponder/ADS-B Out, a UAS test flight was attempted and proved to be an unqualified success. As a result, Threod Systems can now offer this integrated solution as an additional customization option.

Depending on the mission and application, transponder use with larger UAS represents the future of UAS equipage. Thanks to its popularity and increased usage, the UAS sector is experiencing exponential growth. Equipping every airframe will eventually become the rule-of-law in order to maintain airspace safety. By partnering with Sagetech Corporation – an established provider of high power, miniature avionics products, Threod now can offer its customers turnkey surveillance solutions that ensure safe UAS operations in shared airspace.

For flight test, Threod mini EOS UAS was equipped with Sagetech’s state of the art XPG-TR transponder/ADS-B Out, which is sufficiently compact for installation on a small UAV fuselage or even a multirotor (like KX-4 or KX-4 LE). The item is so small and well-designed that other aspects of UAS performance are unaffected. As proven in the pictures below, based on the www.flightradar24.com  live global flight tracker service, Threods’ plane was continuously visible throughout its flight, thanks to its Threod/Sagetech integrated equipage. 

 

flightradar UAV transponder

 

flightradar UAV transponder 5 km

Sagetech Transponder EOS UAV 2

Sagetech Transponder EOS UAV

Threod Systems has developed a new generation powerful light weight gimbal solution for multiple types of UAVs. Currently the DOME gimbal is used with the long endurance, heavy lift multirotor KX-4 LE , as well as tactical level UAS STREAM.

The main advantage of the gimbal is that it has two IR sensors, that allow to zoom in and display high quality images. It has superb destabilization algorithms, features such as video-lock and scene steering and many additional options. The sensor imagery is very stable and clear even with the maximum zoom, in standard configuration 30x for the EO and IR cameras are equipped with 25mm and 60 mm lenses.

The design of most of Threod products is very modular, which makes the new gimbal a universal solution and also add additional capabilities such as laser rangefinder, IR illuminator, Laser target designator, MWIR, LWIR, SWIRsensors depending on specific customer requirements.

Threod’s gimbal family is consistently growing and gaining popularity as separate product that can be purchased and easily integrated to manned, UAV or UGV systems.

For example, the main advantage of the HSG gimbal is its mechanical dual-side design. The gimbal uses direct drive stabilization with sensors on both sides of the stabilizing mechanism. This allows the overall height to be extremely low compared to competitive products on the market and makes it very easy to install custom sensors when the need arises.

There are multiple types of configuration options for the gimbals brought out in the tables below. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact our sales department This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Threod Systems Dual Camera Gimbal feature comparison table resized

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Recently Threod participated in multiple tenders, one of the projects was the mini EOS UAS production for security services procurement. One of the success factors, that Threod offered to the customer, was fast product modification possibility. Adjustments to the standard model were possible within couple of months and it met very precise technical requirements.

Since the UAVs are going to be used by the security service providers, the prerequisite was that the system should be very compact and fit into the small cases in order to be practical in remote areas and emergency situations. EOS now has shorter wings and thanks to the competences of our engineers the performance capabilities were almost unaffected. 

 

EOS Standard and Modified Wings

EOS UAV short wings

EOS 5 ina row UAV

EOS short wings packed

Yesterday Threod Systems performed a very successful test flight with UAS STREAM and integrated CORDIS ARRAY II communication solution in cooperation with Radionor Communication AS. A Norwegian company that provides data links for unmanned systems. The data links provide long-range broadband connectivity combining high-definition video transfer with sensor control, mission control. The technology is ideal for combining connectivity for all mission-critical functionality for unmanned data links such as bandwidth control, priority for critical data transfer, error-free UDP streaming and latency control. The smart antenna technology has an additional option for high-speed tracking of the UAV with high precision, and can be utilized for satellite independent navigation.

The Radionor CRE2-179-AERO was integrated to STREAM UAS and 15th of September, 2016 Threod performed a 100 km test flight. The result was more than satisfying – Radionor datalink system allows to reach way better results than the relatively short distance covered yesterday.

Threods’ CEO Villiko Nurmoja comments that: “We had high expectations and the solution proved itself, without a doubt, more than positively. In modern, highly competitive market of unmanned systems it is crucial to develop cross-border cooperation and find partners that offer best solutions on the market, and we are pleased that we found Radionor.” By combining exceptional solutions around the globe, Threod aims to create best UAVs with features surpassing the competition.

 

Stream radionor sidelahendus UAV

15.09.2016 STREAM with integrated datalink ready for take-off 

 

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Radionor Communication AS tactical broadband data links for tactical operations for manned and unmanned aircrafts, vessels, vehicles and man-carried equipment.

 

 

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15.09.2016 STREAM flight log (100 km distance covered)