Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic UAV detector completes factory trials – Jane's

28 October 2021
by Dmitry Fediushko

The Ataka-Shorokh (right) and Ataka-DBS (left) C-UAV systems. (Dmitry Fediushko)
Russia’s Ataka-Shorokh acoustic detector of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has completed factory trials, state corporation Rostec announced in October.
“The system has fully completed its factory acceptance trials, which confirmed its functioning, including under harsh weather conditions,” said Rostec.
The Ataka-Shorokh station is equipped with microphones and features software to analyse the environment and detect approaching UAVs. According to Rostec, the device was tested both separately and as a part of the Ataka-DBS and Ataka-Trophy counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems.
When integrated with the Ataka-DBS, the Ataka-Shorokh acoustically detects a UAV at distances between 150 and 500 m, and the main system can then jam the UAV’s satellite navigation datalink. As part of a multilayer security network, the device can cue cameras to focus on the noise source.
The Ataka-DBS mast-mounted C-UAV system detects UAVs and suppresses their control, datalink, and navigation channels at distances of up to 1,500 m. It has a modular structure and can integrate additional jamming modules.
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29 October 2021
by Dae Young Kim

KAI NI-500VT concept model displayed at ADEX 2021. (Dae Young Kim)
South Korean aerospace companies are positioning to meet a potential Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for a next-generation, division-level reconnaissance and target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
Officials from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Korean Air (KAL) told Janes at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2021 (ADEX 2021), held from 19 to 23 October, that RoKA desires a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability along with high-speed level flight performance.
KAI exhibited a model of a tiltrotor reconnaissance UAV known as the Night Intruder 500 Vectored Thrust (NI-500VT), which has a maximum take-off weight of 450 kg and is 4 m long and 4.3 m wide. According to the company, the air vehicle features a hybrid-electric propulsion system that enables it to carry a 40 kg payload and stay aloft for up to five hours. A KAI official told Janes that the wing can be disassembled for road transportation.
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28 October 2021
by Gareth Jennings

The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator is one of a number of unmanned ‘loyal wingmen’ projects that the US Air Force is working on. The Department of Defense has contracted Kratos and General Atomics to develop the Off-Boarding Sensing Station that is geared at reducing the cost of such attritable UAVs. (US Air Force )
The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to develop the Off-Boarding Sensing Station (OBSS) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
The awards, made on 25 October for Kratos and 26 October for General Atomics, are valued at USD17.6 million and USD17.7 million, respectively, and will both run through to 31 October 2022. If all options are exercised, the two contracts are valued at USD49 million each, and will run through to 31 January 2024.
“This contract provides for a design, development, and flight demonstration in an open architecture aircraft concept to achieve the goals of rapid time-to-market and low acquisition cost,” the DoD said of both awards.
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28 October 2021
by Alessandra Giovanzanti & Dae Young Kim

At ADEX 2021 KAI displayed a Surion MAH model fitted with an enlarged stub wing-type structure mounting four canisters, each of which is designed to launch either a small UAV or a loitering munition. On 27 October the company announced it had secured a contract to develop an MUM-T capability for locally developed helicopters in service with the RoK military. (KAI)
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has secured a KRW4 billion (USD3.4 million) contract from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul to fast-track the development of a new manned-unmanned-teaming (MUM-T) system for use by locally developed helicopters in service with the Republic of Korea (RoK) military.
The company announced the signing of the contract on 27 October, noting that the development project will last 14 months, with a completion date set for December 2022.
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