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Commences Full Scale
On 21 July Raytheon Australia announced that their contract for
the provision of comprehensive calibration services for ADF test
and measurement equipment has completed the final phase-in
activities with the formal approval to commence full scale calibration
This approval was provided by the Commonwealth’s Aerospace
Equipment System Support Office (AESSO) and marks the closure of all
existing Commonwealth ADFCAL laboratories.
Under the performance based contract to be known as Raytheon
Australia Calibration Solutions (CalS), the program features a door-to
door service including packing, shipping, calibration and return to
customer. CalS operates out of three laboratories located at Rocklea
Queensland, Prestons New South Wales and Edinburgh South Australia.
Raytheon Australia brings to this venture strong experience along
with local partners, VMS International Pty Ltd (TRVMS) and Star Track
Express. VMS International Pty Ltd (TRVMS), a long time partner and
subcontractor to Raytheon Australia, is providing comprehensive
calibration services across the three sites, while Transportation and
packing of test equipment for calibration is being undertaken by Star
Raytheon Australia is also drawing on the extensive experience of
Raytheon Technical Services Company (RTSC) of the United States whose
calibration business has provided the Raytheon proprietary software
engine, ARAMIS, to drive all aspects of the calibration service. This web
based system is being used to schedule call-outs for calibration and,
alerting customers ahead of time that their assets are due for calibration.
Via a link to ARAMIS, customers are able to track the progress of
equipment through the calibration cycle.
The Managing Director of Raytheon Australia, Michael Ward said “In
this new program, CalS is providing a credible and capable Defence
calibration service with the necessary growth path to meet future
Defence requirements. It is a welcome addition to the Raytheon Australia
portfolio and we look forward to forging a strong reputation as a trusted,
long term partner in this specialised activity.” APDR
Elbit Systems Ltd announced on 15 July that
the company continues to strengthen its
leadership position as a major player in the
area of laser systems. With a proven 30-year track
record in lasers, the company plans to stay ahead
of the field with its innovative laser technologies,
which are the basis for an advanced line of high
The demand for laser-based defense systems is
growing for a number of reasons, primarily due to
the very high level of accuracy resulting in point
target hits and minimal collateral damage.
The emergence of micro-payloads for micro and
mini-UAS has created a large market demand for
very small laser designators with targeting capabilities equal to those
of much larger systems.
To meet this need, Elbit Systems Electro-optics Elop has developed
Rattler A, a miniature, coded laser developed especially for the
requirements of the modern battle field for SWAP – Size, Weight and
Power. Rattler provides all of the parameters that a military designator
system needs, such as full performance in harsh environments and
designation for all laser guided munitions.
Elbit says that Rattler A provides observation payloads with full
targeting capabilities, enabling designation and coded illumination.
Designed to be easily fitted into the smallest available payload
(~ 5” diameter), Rattler A is extremely compact and lightweight,
with an exceptionally small form factor. Its cutting edge diode-
pumped technology and a-thermal design provide a unique, cost-
effective-solution. It can be easily offered in single or multiple LRU
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