Defence

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Defence Solutions

Today’s battlefield environment is constantly changing and today’s security forces must be able to respond to an increasing variety of threats. Maser Defence has teamed with some of the foremost defence suppliers in the world and is able to offer innovative solutions to a wide variety of threats. Maser Defence’s suppliers meet the needs of traditional defence tasks, such as network centric warfare, and cater to specialist requirements including covert surveillance, CIED and enhancing RF capability.

Solutions and Applications

Battlespace Communications

Lives depend on reliable and efficient communications. The use of IEDs, and the measures needed to protect personnel from these devices, adds just one layer of complexity to an already complex in-theatre communications environment. Co-site location of transceivers and the resulting radio performance degradations are another.
Maser Defence’s partners deliver reliable, innovative and proven solutions to NATO and coalition forces. Comms through Comms and Comms through Jam are just two of the areas where working solutions are in use.
Maser Defence’s solutions include antenna systems (HF, VHF, UHF, GPS, DF, CIED and UHF Satcom), LNAs and filters, masts, and self-healing IP Mesh and soldier personal radios.

Cobham Antennas Systems

Providing peace of mind with resilient data transmission solutions for mission critical operations.

Cobham Antenna Systems are a market-leading supplier of advanced, ultra-reliable integrated systems for avionics, radar, surveillance and Satcom applications.

Through continual innovation they are able to supply highly resilient, totally dependable solutions with low through-life costs that deliver outstanding performance and outstanding value.

Cobham Antenna Systems includes trusted brands such as Chelton, European Antennas and Trivec Avant. Building on decades of delivering reliable, in-service, solutions, Cobham continues to deliver innovative solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s defence forces.

           

Mounted and dismounted antennas

Cobham’s range of vehicle antennas covers everything from HF to TacSat. In addition to familiar VHF and UHF military antennas, Cobham’s range include multiport antennas which maximise the limited real-estate on today’s military vehicles.

TacSat antennas are available for land and sea environments and feature rugged designs, built-in ground planes, and good performance when working with satellites at low angles of elevation.

Self-steering antennas complete the vehicle range.

For dismounted applications Cobham offer flexible goose-neck and folding designs. Goose-neck antennas are strong enough to survive heavy contact with vehicle and environmental obstacles. All designs allow the dismounted operator fast and ready access to the communications network in any situation.

HF Wire Antenna Kits

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Cobham Manpack Antenna

Cobham Bodyworn Antennas

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CAS Antenna C-Band 02

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Cobham Link16 Antennas

CAS Dual Polar C Band Antennas

CAS Dual Polar MIMO Base Station Antennas

   

RF Interference Cancellation

Challenging RF environments can greatly reduce the effectiveness of mounted comms systems. Cobham’s ICE system optimises radio performance in the harshest of environments, extending comms range and maximising utilisation of the available channel plan.

ICE can also be used for comms through jammer applications, maximising the effectiveness of force protection equipment.

Cobham ICE 7201 Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System

Cobham ICE 7701 Communication-Through-ECM- System

 

Mast Systems

Cobham Mast Systems in Finland are the largest supplier of military masts in the world. Ruggedised, reliable and simple to use designs provide a solution for any application whether fixed or mobile. Masts can be stand-alone, or integrated into a vehicle. Spreader bars, brackets and remote steering options ensure each mast can be fitted with the equipment needed for each operation and can be quickly and efficiently orientated once erected.

Smaller portable masts can be used safely in any environment, fixing plates and tree straps being just some of the options available to ensure correct and safe set-up in any environment.

Cobham Mast Systems Brochure

     

Satellite Communication Solutions

When deploying into an area without any useable infrastructure, setting up reliable communication links to the outside world is one of the highest priorities. Traditionally this required heavy equipment to be transported by vehicle or airlift and had to be set to work by highly skilled satellite operators. Maser Defence offers highly portable SatCom terminals (which include BGAN and VSAT) that can be carried into theatre and quickly set-up and operating in a matter of minutes.
High performance filters and LNA’s can be used to maximise system performance whether installed as fixed or temporary solutions on almost any platform. Complete satcom solutions are available for land, air and sea applications.

Satcom Antennas and Portable Satcom Terminals

Satcom Antennas

Cobham TracStar provides a variety of antenna solutions. These include Vehicle Mount; designed to suit any roof/roof rack configuration, Fly-away; complete systems requiring no assembly or multi-case solutions, Manual Fly-Away; for highly portable and light-weight solutions, and Fly and Drive Antennas; where the same antenna can be used either on a vehicle or on the ground.

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Antennas are VSAT based and cater for Ka, Ku, X and C band. A new Explorer VSAT range includes the INMARSAT GX (Global Express) antenna range.

Airborne Inmarsat SATCOM allows users to remain connected wherever they may be. Cobham can provide airborne environments which support voice and data communications using the Inmarsat satellite network. These solutions are suitable for Commercial, Business Jet and Military operators and are available in 1, 2 and 4 Channel configurations. By creating a hot-spot on an aircraft, wi-fi enabled smart phones and tablet devices can be used on board.

Maser Defence are pleased to offer BGAN SCAP packages and are happy to discuss the most appropriate package for your needs.

Portable Satcom Terminals
Scotty Group are a solutions provider and manufacturer specialising in the beyond line-of-sight audio, video and data for communications and surveillance purposes. Scotty equipment can be deployed in the field, on vehicles, ships and in the air. Applications include tele-medicine, tele-engineering, command and control and surveillance among many others.

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TacSat Solutions

Low Noise Amplifiers (LNA) from SNXP greatly improve RF performance when used with many in-service TacSat antenna designs. SNXP has delivered solutions to support in-service antennas, such as X-Wings, and has worked closely with Cobham Antenna Systems in the UK to develop a TacSat system combining proven SNXP components with ruggedized, quad helix antenna designs which include their own ground planes. This combination maximises the performance of the antenna, which can be located anywhere on a vehicle regardless of the ground plane arrangement for other antennas. These designs are optimised to work with satellites in the 10 to 50 degree range above the horizon.

Solutions can be fixed, or designed for temporary installation on any vehicle for the duration of a mission.

SNXP equipment is in use with several NATO forces, for land, sea and SF operations.

TAC1 Walk on fit Overview and instructions

   

GPS

GPS antennas are available for both the L1 and L2 bands. Cobham’s type 20-41 series antennas also feature integrated low noise antenna electronics. Signals in the two GPS bands are amplified (M, P and CA code compatible) while rejecting out of band signals. These antennas can be used in GPS rebroadcast systems to rebroadcast the GPS signal into the interiors of aircraft and land vehicles. For example, parachutists can acquire the GPS signal prior to leaving the aircraft.

Anti-jam GPS systems based on Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) technology have been demonstrated on US and UK helicopters. The system also overcomes the mitigation issues due to rotor modulation.

   

Aircraft Solutions

Airborne Inmarsat SATCOM allows users to remain connected wherever they may be. Cobham can provide airborne environments which support voice and data communications using the Inmarsat satellite network. These solutions are suitable for Commercial, Business Jet and Military operators and are available in 1, 2 and 4 Channel configurations. By creating a hot-spot on an aircraft, wi-fi enabled smart phones and tablet devices can be used on board.

The live video streaming system from SCOTTY is available in aircraft fit configurations. This proven system allows live video to be streamed directly from an aircraft to, for example, a control centre. Applications include first response and disaster recovery, surveillance, situation awareness, search and rescue, and news broadcasts among many others. High definition stills can be piggy-backed over the video signal without interrupting the video itself.

   

CIED / Electronic Warfare Solutions

Vehicle mounted jammers protect personnel from IEDs but have a serious impact on communications. Maser Defence’s partner Cobham has proven solutions for comms through jam and comms through comms.
Anti-jam GPS enables airborne GPS systems to remain in contact with GPS satellites and ensure accurate positioning information is available.
Live streaming video via satellite, or any available infrastructure, allows cameras on remotely controlled vehicles to relay live information in hazardous environments and removes the need for personnel to be involved until a situation is understood. This might involve the deactivation or remote detonation of IEDs, or evaluating the situation in CBNRE hazard environments.

Force Protection

With the prevalence of IEDs it is essential to provide the appropriate protection to deployed forces.

Maser Defence is able to provide mounted and dismounted jammer antenna solutions from both Cobham Antenna Systems and Alaris Antennas.

The counter to this is to be able to deploy forces and retain their ability to communicate with a jammer operating. Cobham’s ICE system is a proven solution for on-board, in-band interference which may be from a jammer or other on-board sources.

ICE 7201 Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System

ICE 7701 Communication-Through-ECM System

Anti-jam systems are also available for off-board jamming. Currently implemented for anti-jam GPS, Cobham’s work with CRPA technology makes solutions for off-board, in-band interference possible.

For more information please contact us at defence@maser.com.au

     

Anti Jam

With the prevalence of IEDs it is essential to provide the appropriate protection to deployed forces.
Maser Defence is able to provide mounted and dismounted jammer antenna solutions from both Cobham Antenna Systems and Alaris Antennas.

The counter to this is to be able to deploy forces and retain their ability to operate with a jammer operating. Cobham’s ICE system is a proven solution to on-board, in-band interference which will typically be from a jammer.

ICE 7201 Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System

ICE 7701 Communication-Through-ECM System

Anti-jam systems are also available for off-board jamming. Currently implemented for anti-jam GPS, Cobham’s work with CRPA technology makes solutions for off-board, in-band interference possible.

For more information please contact us at defence@maser.com.au

   

Video Streaming Apps

Combining live video streaming equipment with remotely operated vehicles allows hazardous tasks to be undertaken with no risk to operators.

SCOTTY’s live video streaming system can be used to stream video over a variety of bearers including 3G/4G, Internet, ISDN, INMARSAT BGAN, Ku-band and Ka-Band services. High definition stills can be piggy backed over the video stream without interruption of the video signal. Where operators need to be on the ground, live video from helmet mounted cameras can be streamed back to control centres so that the appropriate directions can be fed to the operator. Two-way audio communications is available throughout.

SCOTTY’s highly efficient CODEC enables video and two-way audio communications to take place over the narrowest bearers.

   

Antennas

Maser Defence’s antenna range includes antennas dedicated to the requirements of Electronic Warfare. These include antennas optimised for Direction Finding, Monitoring and Jamming, and a range of covert VHF antennas.

Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) are a substantial threat to forces engaged in asymmetric warfare operations. Alaris Antennas provides Counter-RCIED antennas in man-pack and vehicle mounted configurations. For covert applications, Alaris offer a system designed to fit almost any road vehicle which is unobtrusively designed to avoid drawing attention to itself. This system is designed to suppress signals used to trigger RCIEDs. Applications include VIP protection.

Log-Periodic Dipole Arrays are wideband antennas providing gain in one direction and are typically used for fixed and mobile tactical jamming. They offer a wide range of frequencies, good gain in the forward direction and high-power handling.

Alaris Antennas offers a range of antennas for stand-off jamming applications which are used to prevent the enemy’s communications from functioning as intended, either by preventing communications entirely or by introducing spurious messages into the communications system.

Monitoring antennas for regulatory monitoring or tactical signal detection require wideband performance, high sensitivity and a compact form factor. Alaris’ range includes active and passive antennas for mobile and fixed applications.

Direction Finding antennas of all sizes and for all applications are also available. These antennas range in size from a briefcase carried hand-operated DF antenna, to large mast mounted arrays.

    

Soldier System Solutions

Soldier personal radios, night vision goggles, and personal OLED Micro displays form the core of Maser’s soldier systems solutions. As with all hardware that has to be carried into battle, weight and power requirements are a significant issue. Maser Defence offers best of breed battle proven equipment that is significantly lighter and with lower power requirements than many current in-service solutions.

Radios

BODY WORN DUAL BAND MIMO RADIO

The ability to share information among various assets within a mission scenario can mean the difference between success and failure. With today’s spectrum limitations, this is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve in cases where high rate data is being passed among more than a few users. Using revolutionary MIMO technology, Silvus Technologies has been able to overcome this challenge.

SC3822 is the smallest MIMO enabled radio specifically designed for mesh networking in harsh environments. It measures a mere 115 x 90 x 26mm in size and delivers connectivity where traditional single antenna radios fail. This radio utilizes the advanced MN-MIMO waveform to enable true self-adaptive ad-hoc mesh networking without any user involvement.

The SC3822 automatically self-adapts to deliver data rates as high as 80Mbps UDP across a single link and boasts a unique band flexible RF section providing dual band capability across a wide range of frequencies. A lower band is provided within the range 400 MHz to 2.7 GHz, and an upper band falls between 4 and 6 GHz.

Each transceiver enables bidirectional networking to simplify logistics. As an Ethernet bridge, the SC3822 can be interfaced with countless third party applications, and a multitude of configurations are accessible via web pages within the radio.

The radio comes equipped with the powerful StreamScape™ network management tool that allows for real-time management and control of all radio parameters in the network such as TX power, frequency, channel bandwidth, and link adaptation. The radio is also available in pcb form for integration into other package designs.

Silvus demonstrated its multi-domain mesh during the USSOCOM TNT exercises at MUTC by passing high fidelity video among several underground, surface and air assets. The exercise brought together seven nodes into a single multi-domain mesh network.

Night Vision Systems

Through our partnership with Summit Night Vision Group, Maser Defence can provide high military grade image intensified night vision goggles, monocular, thermal weapon sights and clip on night vision devices.

Our battle proven night fighting capabilities include popular NVG Binocular SNVG-7, SNVG-15 and SNVG-BNVS.

Summit Night Vision provides image intensifier (I2) night vision tubes of various performance levels, spare parts, full repair service and complete I2 night vision systems including goggles, monoculars and weapon sights.

Summit Night Vision Group’s Binocular Night Vision System

The SNVG-BNVS uses a rugged housing design and is extremely lightweight for a two-tube night vision binocular. It can be submerged to depths up to 66 feet. The BNVS operates on one 3V lithium battery and includes a built in IR Illuminator for increased image clarity in low light situations. It comes standard with a dove-tail type mount interface. An ANVIS-type ball-mount option is also available depending upon your preference.

Summit also offers thermal imaging cores and systems for specialised applications.

SNVG-7 Specs

SNVG-15 Specs

SNVG-BNVS Specs

Summit also offers thermal imaging cores and systems for specialised applications.

Personal Displays

Liteye offers a full line of Military HMD that can be customized to your specific situation. These advanced displays are utilised in such areas as battlefield, command, augmented repair/maintenance, aviation, telemedicine and UAV control. Liteye’s HMD allows the end-user to view data from sources such as GPS, computers, thermal imagers, cameras and PDA’s in the most remote and harshest environments.

The LE 700A/750A is a high performance rugged solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versa- tile product provides a low distortion and colour corrected display for portable computing and remote viewing

The LE 720A is a high performance rugged OLED microdisplay solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA/VGA or monochrome video this lightweight versatile easy to use product provides a display computing and remote viewing in any mobile situation.

LE720A Data Sheet

The LIMA creates a unique interface for Liteye’s 600 family of products. The unit interlocks around the 600 and offers user mouse control for handheld applications or Pan and Tilt operations. Together the units allow for remote viewing when a standard monitor is not available or practical. It also allows for private covert viewing use.

The LE 450 family is a high performance semi rugged solution. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versatile product provides a display for portable computing and remote viewing.

The LE 600 family is a high performance rugged solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versa‐ tile product provides a display for portable computing and remote viewing. The 600-5xx series is a mil spec ITAR product. This products has been fielded and proven in many theatres of operation around the world.

LE600 Data Sheet

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Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance requirements can take many different forms. System components from Cobham, Liteye and Alaris include covert, body-worn antennas and thermal cameras, to vehicle covert communications, monitoring and DF antennas. Discrete personal displays with no light leakage and covert thermal camera systems, are particularly suited to surveillance applications.
Mesh radios provide a flexible infrastructure backbone and mast systems ensure effective LOS location can be easily achieved. Satellite based systems from SCOTTY support long range airborne monitoring, whether using manned or unmanned vehicles.

Mesh Radios

MIMO NETWORK

Silvus Technologies leads the Mobile Networked MIMO (MN-MIMO) waveform revolution with a product line specifically designed to address the growing demand for distributing video and other high bandwidth data in demanding environments. MIMO is the breakthrough technology that is ushering in the 4G revolution in commercial wireless data communications and WLANs support of high definition video.

StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO at the core, join together to form a self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network. These small, portable and very efficient radios can be used for any application which requires a rapid radio setup. The ‘self-healing’ nature of a mesh network means that radios can be fixed or mobile and are automatically joined to the network. Applications include newsgathering, security and surveillance, public safety, mining and air to ground.

The SC3800 is ruggedized for military and public safety applications has a band flexible RF section which provides dual band capability across a wide range of frequencies. A lower band is provided within the range 400 MHz to 2.7 GHz, and an upper band falls between 4 and 6 GHz.

The SC3800 transceiver, a stand-alone IP based packet MIMO radio, will surpass the capabilities of traditional SISO (single antenna) solutions. It provides connectivity in extreme NLOS (non-line-of-sight) multipath rich environments such as urban canyons and within buildings, connectivity under highly mobile conditions on the ground, water, and in the air, high data throughput rates, and GPS and Multicast Support.

The SC3822 is the smallest MIMO enabled radio specifically designed for mesh networking in harsh environments. It automatically self-adapts to deliver data rates as Cobham’s COFDM (Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) IP Mesh radio system can combine up to 12 nodes to form a fluid, self-forming, self-healing mesh. Where nodes (which can be radios, cameras, etc) are placed in a mobile situation, such as a convoy, the mesh will reconfigure the routing between nodes to compensate for any obstacles which block line of site transmission between any two nodes. By combining different types of node and locating them in fixed and mobile positions, the IP Mesh can be configured for a wide range of surveillance and security applications.

Mission Commander Tactical (MISCDRTAC) is an advanced software suite that runs on a desktop or tablet computer. It allows manual and automated configuration, management and integration of Cobham video and IP transmission equipment and networked intelligent sensors.

Silvus StreamCaster 3800 datasheet

Silvus Streamcaster 3822 Datasheet

Silvus Network Management Utility

Silvus Tunnel Tests

   

Satcom Systems

Airborne systems support long range surveillance of targets, whether for military, security or commercial purposes. SCOTTY’s flexible system can use existing terrestrial systems, or satellite systems. With two-way HD still or video transmission possible across links as narrow as 192 kbps, the system is effective over almost any infrastructure. This makes the system suitable for border and economic zone security. The ability to interface to, and transmit images from different cameras allows aircraft crew, or surveillance staff at an operations centre, to select the appropriate image. Are the people visiting on a boat fishermen or pirates?

SCOTTY offers clandestine live video surveillance and monitoring of vessels at sea:

• Remote operators can dial in over satellite and control seven cameras on board.

• They can download recorded video and communicate with crews through satellite telephony and video teleconferencing.

• Security staff can find out what is happening on board ship without anyone there knowing.

• Ships underway anywhere in the world can be accessed from headquarters, other ships, patrolling aircraft.

• Boarding parties have access to full and live information before deploying.

The SCOTTY system allows both the Captain and crew to obtain situational awareness of pirate activity before it happens, during an attack and after, allowing informed decision making. It allows Naval forces and monitoring agencies to have a common operating picture and allows them to remotely access cctv to ensure the most effective military response.

The same system elements can be located on commercial aircraft. Cameras and sensors can be used to monitor conditions in different parts of the aircraft, such as the hold, or passenger cabin. Aircrew and remote operators can see what is happening in real time and take the appropriate action.

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Scotty flight transmission and onboard access

Antennas

Maser Defence’s antenna range includes antennas dedicated to the requirements of Electronic Warfare. These include antennas optimised for Direction Finding, Monitoring and Jamming, and a range of covert VHF antennas.

Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Devices (RCIED) are a substantial threat to forces engaged in asymmetric warfare operations. Alaris Antennas provides Counter-RCIED antennas in man-pack and vehicle mounted configurations. For covert applications, Alaris offer a system designed to fit almost any road vehicle which is unobtrusively designed to avoid drawing attention to itself. This system is designed to suppress signals used to trigger RCIEDs. Applications include VIP protection.

Log-Periodic Dipole Arrays are wideband antennas providing gain in one direction and are typically used for fixed and mobile tactical jamming. They offer a wide range of frequencies, good gain in the forward direction and high-power handling.

Alaris Antennas offers a range of antennas for stand-off jamming applications which are used to prevent the enemy’s communications from functioning as intended, either by preventing communications entirely or by introducing spurious messages into the communications system.

Monitoring antennas for regulatory monitoring or tactical signal detection require wideband performance, high sensitivity and a compact form factor. Alaris’ range includes active and passive antennas for mobile and fixed applications.

Direction Finding antennas of all sizes and for all applications are also available. These antennas range in size from a briefcase carried hand-operated DF antenna, to large mast mounted arrays.

   

Personal Displays

Liteye offers a full line of Military HMD that can be customized to your specific situation. These advanced displays are utilised in such areas as battlefield, command, augmented repair/maintenance, aviation, telemedicine and UAV control. Liteye’s HMD allows the end-user to view data from sources such as GPS, computers, thermal imagers, cameras and PDA’s in the most remote and harshest environments.

The LE 700A/750A is a high performance rugged solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versa- tile product provides a low distortion and colour corrected display for portable computing and remote viewing

The LE 720A is a high performance rugged OLED microdisplay solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA/VGA or monochrome video this lightweight versatile easy to use product provides a display computing and remote viewing in any mobile situation.

LE720A Data Sheet

The LIMA creates a unique interface for Liteye’s 600 family of products. The unit interlocks around the 600 and offers user mouse control for handheld applications or Pan and Tilt operations. Together the units allow for remote viewing when a standard monitor is not available or practical. It also allows for private covert viewing use.

The LE 450 family is a high performance semi rugged solution. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versatile product provides a display for portable computing and remote viewing.

The LE 600 family is a high performance rugged solution for situational awareness applications. Available in full colour SVGA or monochrome video this lightweight versa‐ tile product provides a display for portable computing and remote viewing. The 600-5xx series is a mil spec ITAR product. This products has been fielded and proven in many theatres of operation around the world.

LE600 Data Sheet

HMD-MMTI Flyer

   

   

Camera Systems

The demand for camera systems which are able to meet a multitude of roles, has seen a corresponding increase in the variety of cameras available. Through our specialist partners, Maser Defence is able to offer camera solutions to meet the demands of applications which include X-ray, IR, thermal and 3D.

Liteye’s Aquila range of Thermal Imaging cameras are suitable for a range of applications including Force Protection, Situational Awareness, Border Surveillance, Coastal Surveillance, Covert Surveillance and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Aquila Thermal Imaging Systems

The Aquila Micro is a miniature short-range Thermal Imager designed for applications where an extremely small and lightweight footptrint is required. Please find below a specsheet for more information.

Aquila Micro 320 specsheet

Kappa opto-electronics GmbH is a global player operating for the last three decades to the highest international standards in the fields of industrial cameras and image processing solutions. Kappa is one of the few camera manufacturers with long time experience in the development and manufacturing of extremely rugged cameras with above average signal quality. Supported interfaces include GigE Vision, Gen Cam, Camera Link, Firewire, USB, HD-SDI, HDMI and SD-Video.

Kappa Defence Aviation Flyer

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Maritime Solutions

Maser Defence offers a range of solutions for Maritime applications, for vessels of all sizes. Our solutions range from components such as tactical antennas and low noise amplifiers, through to full systems, including remote medicine and tele-engineering.

Antennas

Cobham and Alaris Antennas provide antenna designs specifically targeted at the unique needs of maritime applications.

Link 16

Cobham’s JTIDS antenna range is designed to allow Link16 communications. Either around or atop the mast, these antennas address the ship to ship, air and shore applications. They are omnidirectional in azimuth and elevation patterns are optimized for communication with aircraft.

Cobham Link 16 Antennas

Tacsat Antennas

Cobham’s new range of TacSat antennas feature ruggedized, enclosed radome designs with built-in ground planes. Antennas such as the GD 2110, which are also used for land vehicle applications, are ideal for difficult environments such as operating from a rapidly moving RHIB. This presents particular problems for SatCom connection as the angle between RHIB and satellite is continuously varying in both the pitch and yaw planes.

The walk-on-fit from SNXP is one solution. It combines an LNA and filters to minimise the effect of adjacent transmitters and boost the received signal. This implementation is designed for temporary fit on a RHIB or ship so that the system is available for the duration of the mission. Permanent installations of the same technologies are in service with the Royal Navy.

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TAC1 Walk on fit overview and instructions

Alaris Maritime Antennas

Alaris have several antennas targeted at Maritime applications. One such antenna is the DF-A0037. Based on the more portable DF-A0029 product, the naval version features upgraded mechanical and environmental features to improve performance when mounted on a vessel. The antenna has a loop array for good DF performance at low frequencies where the phase size of the array is small, and two pentagonal arrays for the middle and high frequency ranges. Secondary pentagonal arrays of dipoles and monopoles provide good omnis up to 3.6 GHz when appropriately combined. An HF whip on top of the antenna provides a sensitive omni output for this band. A decagonal cylindrical cavity inside the antenna allows switching, amplification and RF processing to be integrated into the antenna. This reduces cable loss and weight.

DF, SAR and CSAR Antennas

Cobham Antenna Systems range of search and rescue antennas are suitable for all applications. Find the antenna most suited to your application in the table attached or contact us for more information.

Direction Finding Reference Table

   

Co-Site interference

The problems caused by the colocation of RF transmitters can usually be solved by positioning antennas with adequate space between them. Where this isn’t possible (e.g. on a land vehicle) other solutions must be found. Cobham’s ICE system removes interference by injecting an accurately scaled anti-phase version of the interfering signal. This makes the system ideal for dealing with colocation issues, and on-board, in-band jamming situations.

ICE can be used where the interfering signal is either outside, or inside, the band of interest. It can also be used in frequency hopping applications.

Customised systems are already in use with allied land, sea and airborne platforms. The ICE system is quite small (a little bigger than a cigarette packet for a single channel version) and can be configured to handle multiple channels.

ICE 7201 Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System

ICE 7701 Communication-Through-ECM System

Where interference is out of band, filtering may provide an alternative solution. SNXP manufacture a range of LNAs and filters specifically designed for use with TacSat applications. Their solutions are in use with several NATO forces.

The walk-on-fit from SNXP is one solution. It combines an LNA and filters to minimise the effect of adjacent transmitters and boost the received signal. This implementation is designed for temporary fit on a RHIB or ship so that the system is available for the duration of the mission. Permanent installations of the same technologies are in service with the Royal Navy.

TAC1 Walk on fit overview and instructions

     

Tele-Engineering/Medicine

Naval vessels often have to operate with a minimal crew and this means that some traditional expertise is no longer available on-board. SCOTTY’s live video streaming system can be used to stream video over a variety of bearers including 3G/4G, Internet, ISDN, INMARSAT BGAN, Ku-band and Ka-Band services. Prompt expert support can avoid unnecessary ship diversions whilst ensuring both the best outcome for a patient, and repair of failures while still at sea.

The German Navy are one of the users of the system which allows remote specialists, possibly on the other side of the world, to see what is happening on board. The SCOTTY display can be split into quarters, each with a different video input. This might include vital signs monitoring in the case of remote medicine. The cameras on-board the vessel can be operated from the remote end, so specialists can control their view of a situation and give the appropriate instructions to the crew. Two-way audio communications is available throughout.

SCOTTY’s highly efficient CODEC enables video and two-way audio communications to take place over the narrowest of bearers.

  

Cable & Microwave Components

Modern, advanced, shipboard communications systems require an increasing number of RF and Microwave systems and components. These systems, in turn, require more sophisticated cabling systems to handle higher power and be reliable and long lasting in service. On board assembly is an important consideration for maintenance and systems upgrade purposes.

Coaxial Cable

Cobham supply coaxial cable runs for mast applications which require a flexible cable that permits flexing during installation, service, and sometimes the actual operation of the system. Braided electrical shields and PTFE tape-wrapped dielectric make a cable assembly flexible and pliable. These allow repeated flexures without damage. When long, continuous runs of coaxial cable (up to 550 metres) are needed to connect an antenna and a transmit/receive module, the unique construction of Cobham’s mast cables permits the cable to be mounted on a reel for re-deployable systems. Cable assembly on the reel with pulling grips and hangers can also be supplied, ready to use in your system. Shipboard versions of this cable, identified by the part number code LSX, are designed for low smoke and halogen free jackets. Both ground-based and shipboard cables also can be supplied with a solid centre conductor for lower loss.

Coaxial cable assemblies for shipboard systems with halogen-free jackets that are low smoke and do not generate toxic gases when burned. Cobham manufacture a wide variety of RF cables and any of their cable constructions can be adapted to this application.

Waveguide Components And Assemblies

Cobham Antenna Systems design and manufacture waveguide components and assemblies (including double ridge, flat plate antenna arrays), and rotary electro mechanical subsystems (including pedestals, gimbals, rotary joints and fluid rotary joints).

Cobham systems are in use on the ‘Shadow’, ‘Predator’, and ‘Global Hawk’ UAVs, the AEGIS radar system, the Eurofighter, the Apache helicopter and even the Mars Rover. Rotary joints are used in many Air Traffic Control Radars.

Search & Rescue

Search and Rescue equipment ranges from components to complete systems. Both Cobham Antenna Systems and Alaris Antennas offer Direction Finding (DF) antennas. These are both land and vehicle based (especially aircraft in the case of Cobham Antenna Systems). Cobham’s (ICE) Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System is in use with the US Coast Guard as an essential component in its RESCUE 21 programme.

Search And Rescue Antennas

Cobham antennas support CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue), GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) and the COSPAS-SARSAT 406MHz service. This allows their solutions to be used to locate a wide variety of Emergency Beacons; Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), Emergency position Indicator Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Personal Emergency Location System (PELS) and Auto Emergency Locator Beacons (ADELT).

Reducing Interference And Noise

Co site, or colocation, issues between transmitters can usually be eliminated by spacing antennas at sufficient distance from one another to remove them. On some platforms this isn’t possible and other methods have to be found to eliminate colocation issues. Filtering is one solution, but filters cannot resolve in-band interference issues. Cobham’s ICE system removes interference by injecting an accurately scaled anti-phase version of the interfering signal. One advantage of this method is a reduction in noise floor allowing weak signals to be more easily detected. ICE is in use with the US Coast Guard as an essential component in its RESCUE 21 programme which was created to improve location of mariners in distress and saves lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers.

Cobham ICE Multi-Radio Interference Cancellation System

Target location and crew support

SCOTTY’s airborne system can utilise satellite channels as narrow as 192kbps to provide live HD video. Whether mounted in a manned or unmanned vehicle, cameras can be controlled from the cockpit, or a remote operating base. The system can be used with any type of camera, and switching to HD thermal images can make the location of targets much faster.

By connecting the system to an external camera mounted above a recovery helicopters side door, winching operations can be viewed in real time without risking crew members, especially important in bad weather conditions.

   

 

Camera Systems

The demand for camera systems which are able to meet a multitude of roles, has seen a corresponding increase in the variety of cameras available. Through our specialist partners, Maser Defence is able to offer camera solutions to meet the demands of applications which include X-ray, IR, thermal and 3D.

Liteye’s Aquila range of Thermal Imaging cameras are suitable for a range of applications including Force Protection, Situational Awareness, Border Surveillance, Coastal Surveillance, Covert Surveillance and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

Aquila Line 2

Kappa opto-electronics GmbH is a global player operating for the last three decades to the highest international standards in the fields of industrial cameras and image processing solutions. Kappa is one of the few camera manufacturers with long time experience in the development and manufacturing of extremely rugged cameras with above average signal quality. Supported interfaces include GigE Vision, Gen Cam, Camera Link, Firewire, USB, HD-SDI, HDMI and SD-Video.

Kappa Defence Aviation Flyer

Kappa Tauri-HD 02150 SDI

     

Mesh Radios

MIMO NETWORK

Silvus Technologies leads the Mobile Networked MIMO (MN-MIMO) waveform revolution with a product line specifically designed to address the growing demand for distributing video and other high bandwidth data in demanding environments. MIMO is the breakthrough technology that is ushering in the 4G revolution in commercial wireless data communications and WLANs support of high definition video.

StreamCaster radios, featuring MN-MIMO at the core, join together to form a self-healing, self-forming fluid mesh network. These small, portable and very efficient radios can be used for any application which requires a rapid radio setup. The ‘self-healing’ nature of a mesh network means that radios can be fixed or mobile and are automatically joined to the network. Applications include newsgathering, security and surveillance, public safety, mining and air to ground.

The SC3800 is ruggedized for military and public safety applications has a band flexible RF section which provides dual band capability across a wide range of frequencies. A lower band is provided within the range 400 MHz to 2.7 GHz, and an upper band falls between 4 and 6 GHz.

The SC3800 transceiver, a stand-alone IP based packet MIMO radio, will surpass the capabilities of traditional SISO (single antenna) solutions. It provides connectivity in extreme NLOS (non-line-of-sight) multipath rich environments such as urban canyons and within buildings, connectivity under highly mobile conditions on the ground, water, and in the air, high data throughput rates, and GPS and Multicast Support.

The SC3822 is the smallest MIMO enabled radio specifically designed for mesh networking in harsh environments. It automatically self-adapts to deliver data rates as Cobham’s COFDM (Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) IP Mesh radio system can combine up to 12 nodes to form a fluid, self-forming, self-healing mesh. Where nodes (which can be radios, cameras, etc) are placed in a mobile situation, such as a convoy, the mesh will reconfigure the routing between nodes to compensate for any obstacles which block line of site transmission between any two nodes. By combining different types of node and locating them in fixed and mobile positions, the IP Mesh can be configured for a wide range of surveillance and security applications.

Mission Commander Tactical (MISCDRTAC) is an advanced software suite that runs on a desktop or tablet computer. It allows manual and automated configuration, management and integration of Cobham video and IP transmission equipment and networked intelligent sensors.

Silvus StreamCaster 3800 datasheet

Silvus Streamcaster 3822 Datasheet

Silvus Network Management Utility

Silvus Tunnel Tests

 

Power

Originally designed for the marine community, the Solar Stik™ 100 Marine is a free standing renewable power generator that occupies minimal deck-space. The System consists of 12V DC power generating equipment (wind and solar) that can power applications such as GPS, radar, and battery charging – without monopolizing precious deck-space or cockpit canvas structures.

The System has a fully manoeuvrable solar panel array that can be aimed at the sun from morning until evening, regardless of the vessel’s orientation to the sun. Conventional solar panels are attach to a fixed surface and cannot articulate to face direct sunlight. Because they do not move, they are able to generate power for only about four hours per day. The unique construction of the Solar Stik™ provides three axes of movement to optimize the amount of direct sunlight exposure on its two 50 watt panels. With two or three simple adjustments to the panels per day, you can literally be generating power from dawn until dusk.

The Solar Stik™‘s solar panels alone produce a maximum of 80 amp hours per day. With the addition of a Solar Stik™Air Breeze Upgrade Kit (wind power), energy production can average at 125 amp hours or more.

Mast mounting accessories are available to support additional functions such as GPS or radar installations. The mast assembly is even strong enough to support a light-duty lifting crane for small dinghy motors, gear, or provisions.

Additionally, the Solar Stik™ assembles, disassembles and is stowed with great ease. This is a key feature for sailors who have deck configurations that prohibit the installation of a traditional solar array, or who only need solar power while at anchor. (Did you know that 90% of cruisers spend 90% of their time at anchor?)

Security

Every year, hundreds of seagoing vessels of all kinds are targeted by pirates aiming to hold crew and cargo to ransom. The Cobham Maritime Early Warning System (MEWS) aims to spot potential threats as quickly as possible, to enable preventative action to be taken.

MEWS provides multiple layers of surveillance, and provides the operator with alerts of waterborne threats and intruders. It provides a central operator with the ability to detect, identify and alert local security to a given threat.

MEWS is a complete monitoring and surveillance system in a box, and is disguised within a modified cargo container and can be deployed swiftly and easily. The state-of-the-art technology it holds can be tailored to meet client requirements. A ruggedised laptop provides the monitoring and control station. This can be located remotely in a convenient location, for example the bridge.

MEWS is comprised of products drawn from proven, advanced technologies and components. The modular approach makes it available for commercial budgets, enabling affordable customised solutions to be tailored to individual customer performance needs.

Power Solutions

It is easy to take the ready availability of power for granted, but in situations where power infrastructure does not exist or is no longer available, it becomes a major issue. Maser Defence offers a range of tough, highly portable and proven power systems that can be quickly set up to support essential services.
These systems use solar, wind and hybrid technologies to offer a range of solutions. They can be tailored to suit specific needs and can be used with existing infrastructure such as generators, significantly reducing fuel consumptions and costs.

Power

Solar Stik™ provides a range of portable power solutions ranging from fixed and trailer mounted solar panel configurations, small roll out solar panels that can be carried in a pouch, and solutions for recreational vehicles.
Both 12 and 24V systems are catered for, with power ratings from 60W to several KW. Solar Stik™ systems focus on providing usable power when needed.

Solar Stik Brochure 2012-05-03

Solar Stik White Paper – Tailored Hybrid Power System

Solar Stik™ innovations include:

The WASP™ provides the lightest and fastest battery recharging for applications where form-factor is mission-critical. The WASP™ is compatible with Bren-Tronics BB-2590, BB-590, BB-390 batteries and Ultralife UBBL02 (UBI-2590) and UBBL10 (UBI-2590 SMBus) batteries.

The ApECOR X-90 charging head used on the WASP: It combines maximum power point tracking (MPPT) charging with an unparalleled 96% efficiency, minimizing charge durations, and can be scaled when conditions warrant.

WASP Brochure 2014

X-90 is a multi-chemistry battery charger that fits directly onto a variety of supported batteries. The charger features advanced digital control, automatic battery-type detection, MPPT, and extra features such as a fixed DC input mode and a fixed DC output mode. Charge times can be 80% faster than equivalents.

Unique to the industry, the primary design feature of the Solar Stik™ system is a dual-axis manual tracking mechanism that enhances power production by optimizing direct sunlight and cool operating temperatures. Turnkey systems require no specialised knowledge and are typically set up by one or two people in 10 minutes.

Tailored Hybrid Power Systems integrate with traditional generator power systems, signficantly reducing fuel consumption and costs.

Based in Florida their customers include the US Departments of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Homeland Security, Department of State, and some of the biggest names in the defence industry.

Maser Defence is pleased to include Australian made Fusion batteries with our Solar Stik™ systems.

Flexi Panel Brochure 2011-11-01

Solar StikTM demonstrated their new LiFePO4 3KW hybrid system at the US Marine Corps Experimental Forward Operating Base demonstration in May 2013.

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