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Drone Swarms as You Know Them Are Just an Illusion—for Now

Liam CobbPhoto by: Liam Cobb Look at all the pretty drones. Hovering above sports stadiums from Houston to Pyeongchang, many hundreds of them have lately sparkled in artful murmuration. On a recentTime magazine cover, 958 drones pixelated the sky. The world record, 1,374 LED-bedazzled microbots, was set by Chinese company EHang UAV in May. So-called drone swarms—the phrase people have taken up with gusto—are having their biggest, buzziest year ever. It’s an evocative word,swarms, and innocuous enough when applied to one ofIntel’s drone light shows. But it’s tinged with alarm—if drones can dance at twilight, they can also attack. Sure enough, a gang outside Denver sent a small fleet to harass FBI agents on a raid earlier this year. In Syria, rebels reportedly sicced a squadron of quadrotors on a Russian base. To the media, both events were swarms. Take comfort, then, in this buzzkill: “The swarm is really an illusion,” says Mac Schwager, an assistant professor at Stanford who studies mul…

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Clean Energy from Israel supports a German Command Vehicle Demonstrator at Eurosatory

Kissling Service is demonstrating at Eurosatory a complete command post configuration based on a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 'Command Post Concept SUV' that comprises multiple VHF/UHF-radios, a Satellite-Telephone, a C-IED-Jammer, Reconnaissance systems, a smoke grenade launcher and an IP-based intercom system. A clean energy solution based on high power density Li-Ion battery from Epsilor supports many hours of extensive operations, without running the engine at high RPM. Photo: Australian Defence
Military operators often use military versions of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) for various missions such as field deployed workshops, command posts and communications nodes, where such vehicles are required to provide extensive energy supply.
The integration company German Kissling Service is demonstrating at Eurosatory a complete Command Post (CP) configuration based on a Mercedes Benz G-Wagon SUV. Parked at the Mercedes Benz outdoor display, this CP Concept Vehicle comprises multiple VHF/UHF-radios, a Satellite-Telephone, a C-IED-Jammer, Reconnaissance systems, a smoke grenade launcher and an IP-based intercom system. Most of the systems are being configured and reached through a ruggedized tablet.
Supporting all users with a continuous, simultaneous supply of energy for long hours, Kissling turned to Israel’s battery expert Epsilor for a clean energy solution that will be able to support long hours of extensive operations without running the engine at high RPM. Such a solution requires a new generation battery that offers high power density and small size. The battery selected for the task was ELI-52526 Lithium-Ion battery from Epsilor – a drop-in replacement of the NATO standard 6T format.
“Our cooperation with Kissling Service at Eurosatory will provide us with an opportunity to present the most advanced battery products together with a leading vehicle system integrator, in action,” said Ronen Badichi, President of Epsilor. “With its high power density, our Li-Ion vehicle battery provides all the power needed to support multiple users on board for long hours, within a small volume and weight footprint,” he added.
The new 6T battery offers four times more energy, in just half the weight of modern lead-acid 6T batteries. Claiming the highest energy density in the world and 1,000 discharge cycles, Epsilor’s 6T type batteries offer an optimal energy storage solution for a wide variety of new armored and military vehicles as well as for drop-in replacement in existing vehicle fleets. “Epsilor’s 6T batteries are currently being tested and evaluated by a number of leading defense vehicle manufacturers and military customers, for various missions such as a long-shift silent watch, start-stop applications, high power mission applications and more,” Badichi added.

Realizing that modern armies need to store and generate more energy in lighter and smaller batteries, Epsilor is also offering an innovative line of 12V Lithium vehicle batteries. The company’s lithium Iron Phosphate Vehicular Battery family of products offers 100% more energy than similar Lead Acid batteries. Offering over 3,000 duty cycles, this technology is designed to serve a wide range of vehicle, marine and industrial applications and is designed to fit military vehicles and marine vessels, where service conditions are tough, volume and weight are important, and clean reliable energy is required.
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