A high-definition vision system for unmanned air vehicles and a directed infrared countermeasures system for aircraft are among projects included in Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s (DSTO) latest capability and technology demonstrator (CTD) programme.

Some A$26 million ($19.2 million) has been awarded to demonstrate 14 new defence technologies.

Melbourne-based Sentient Vision Systems is to develop its Sentient UAV Vision System, which enables a UAV to track moving targets on the ground.

Sentient says there is currently no vision system operating in real-time that is suitable for UAVs.

Tenix Defence Systems and Adelaide University are working on directed infrared countermeasures, designed to protect aircraft from shoulder-launched, heat-seeking missiles.

Source: Flight International