Sensors, electronics and photonics and are fundamental to the operation of most of today’s products, production systems, processes and infrastructure, and are an inherent part of the increasing digitalisation of manufacturing technologies. They are finding increased applications in process control, asset management, and system monitoring across products
Military systems are becoming ever more complex, and so are the materials used to build them. In this context, advanced materials have sparked considerable interest as their use has the potential to significantly shape future operational effectiveness in military missions. The most disruptive effects are expected to derive from the integration of functionalities such as energy harvesting, camouflage, structural and personnel health monitoring, protection in ‘super-intelligent’ materials for platforms and soldiers. Other potential applications of advanced materials to be explored in the future include the potential of self-healing materials, cyber-protective material (reacting to electromagnetic interference), biomimetic material designs, morphing aerofoils, or the integration of metamaterials.
In the defence sector, fibre-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs) are used in application such as land systems, military aircraft, UAVs, naval vessels, and weapons. In addition to being lightweight, impact and corrosion resistant what other application strengths to they provide.
Aerospace and defence has always been at the forefront of technological excellence and many spin-off technologies have resulted. Structures, engines, mechanics and all have a vital role to play in these great industries. However arguably its electronics that makes the magic happen. What are the latest embedded solutions on offer to Indian A&D manufacturing industry
Simulation modelling solves real-world problems safely and efficiently. It provides an important method of analysis which is easily verified, communicated, and understood. Across industries and disciplines, simulation modelling provides valuable solutions by giving clear insights into complex systems.
In robots, drones and remotely operated vehicles in particular, IoT is used for acquiring information in an unknown environment, detecting the presence of harmful chemicals and nuclear/biological weapons, learning the layout of the environment and geographical structure in battlefields, deactivation of weapons. What are the best strategies for IoT deployment in defence production
Simulation & training is a multidisciplinary field that pairs system engineering, software engineering, and computer science to construct computerized models that acquaint soldiers with the various combat systems deployed during military operations. AI techniques are being developed to enhance the accuracy of target recognition in complex combat environments.
New defence grade infrared sensors are being developed to improve detection and IR jamming of a wide range of defence vehicles, such as: fighter aircrafts, UAVs, helicopters, transport aircraft, army vehicles, tanks, artillery, navy ships, warships, submarines and missiles. New Infrared technology can now detect minute details at distances of over 100 meters (one football field). This technology allows helicopters and other aerial vehicles to fly in the darkest of night, while maintaining near-day visibility.
Another area where the blockchain can be of material value is digitization. The blockchain helps in the creation of digital threads, as well as digital twins in manufacturing that represent an exact virtual copy of a physical asset. A variety of scenarios can be modelled on the digital twin before the favoured option is executed automatically in the physical equipment.
Due to the nature of the market, devices are often only required in low volumes where quantities won’t allow the amortisation of tooling investment across the production run. At Paragon we believe that Rapid Prototyping has the potential to transform aerospace defence and security product development in many ways:
Additive Manufacturing is becoming increasingly popular as a tool to make high end spares or parts that are generally required in quantities that do not justify the investment in expensive tooling for conventional manufacturing. Its proven its merit in helping produce sensitive aircraft spares, like high pressure turbine blades. What all could be the other applications for this technology.