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FIDAE 2018: Seen and Heard

Musings from the Exhibition, Day 2

An intrepid MONCh reporter, properly caffeinated and fighting jetlag, finds a number of interesting and only loosely connected snippets of intelligence in unexpected places.

Nordic ammunition manufacturer Nammo is exhibiting for the sixth time at FIDAE. Cost-effective supply of standard NATO calibres – in common use in Chile and throughout the region – makes the company’s offering attractive to a broad spectrum of users.

The Russian city of St Petersburg is exhibiting in its own right, separately from umbrella organisation Rosoboronexport, promoting small innovative companies based in its oblast. Otzvik is showcasing two innovations that may be of specific interest to the Chilean government. An emergency warning and notification system, connected to every imaginable emergency service, sensor grid and infrastructure surveillance system in a specific municipality can provide timely alerts for the general public in the event of an imminent catastrophe or unexpected event, allowing emergency protocols to be implemented in good time. The extent of the integration and the multiple layers of redundancy incorporated mean that system latency is practically zero. The company is also showing ‘block’ or ‘blade’ computing hardware, centred on environmentally safe, protected, sealed computers that feature blast resistance among other benefits.

AZART’s R187 and R187-PIE radios function in many respects in a similar manner to Tetra devices as well as software defined radios. Providing point-to-point and air-to-ground communications with a range of 4km, the company claims they are (currently) unhackable and therefore provide reliable secure communications. They can also be linked to provide a quasi virtual private network (VPN).

KRET is displaying what might be termed the opposite sides of the same coin: a surveillance and detection drone to detect and report fires, gas leaks, dangers to personnel and/or critical infrastructure that can also deliver small payloads such as medical supplies or communications devices in the wake of a natural or manmade disaster; and two counter drone systems, one a signal dome that jams a drone’s control signals, the other a ‘jammer gun’ that can single out an unauthorised drone and disrupt its flight plan through jamming the command link.

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