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The most recent addition is a UH-1H Huey chopper that arrived in May 2013 and will be used to help in firefighting and rescue operations. Coppola said it cost $2,000, but it needed some work. Replacing the machine's rotor blades and rotor shaft, as well as other maintenance, cost $12,000, Coppola said. To buy retail, he estimated it would have cost closer to $400,000.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
The military is not the only one that uses ISR equipment, and law enforcement isn't on the list of those that do.
Once again you're coming up with a conclusion and making the evidence fit.
L-3 WESCAM designs and manufactures industry-leading multi-spectral and multi-sensor EO IR imaging and targeting sensor systems. Designed for ISR airborne, ground and sea-based missions, L-3 WESCAM’s sensor systems are used by military, homeland security and law enforcement agencies worldwide....
Law Enforcement/Military Applications
INTELLIGENCE/SURVEILLANCE/RECONNAISSANCE Aerial photographic images and high-definition video of an area of operation provide a level of intelligence that will serve to improve the operational planning process greatly. During the execution of these plans, the R.A.P.T.R. effectively places the eye of the tactical operator overhead, and establishes the advantage of owning the high ground. The ability to see over a hill or a structure prior to a dangerous approach is invaluable. The helicopter, by transmitting a live video stream to personnel on the ground allows them to see dangers well in advance and to modify the tactical plan accordingly. -
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
So now you have L-3 involved. Are they working with NASS too?
SUMMIT AVIATION DELIVERS ITS FIRST OPERATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ENHANCED AIRCRAFT
March 10, 2014
MIDDLETOWN, Del., March 6, 2013 – Summit Aviation, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has delivered its first Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform to a State Law Enforcement Department.
The modified Mahindra Aerospace GippsAero GA8 Airvan Astra new aircraft utilizes off-the-shelf commercial packages, in addition to Summit’s customized and installed features such as a full work station with moving maps and overlays, cross-cueing of various sensors, a 3D mapping aerial camera system and full motion video capability to enhance the mission capabilities of the operator.
“The delivery of this aircraft reinforces the cornerstone relationship Summit Aviation has developed with the law enforcement community,” said Summit Aviation’s General Manager Ralph Kunz. “These technically advanced aircraft and mission systems are vital to law enforcement agencies and their mission to protect and serve their communities.”
Emergency and Disaster Response: Is the U.S. Better at It Now?
June 19, 2014
By Richard Pera, Dean of the School of Security and Global Studies at American Military University
“While it is managed by FEMA, it is really a department-wide function.” According to Tarry, Napolitano created a “reserve corps” of volunteers across DHS which could be surged rapidly during any emergency; Superstorm Sandy was the first time this capability was utilized.
Tarry also highlighted “non-traditional” support to emergency response, including use of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms to support operational management of the environment: “Within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, we worked very closely with FEMA to bring our ISR capabilities and how we manage ISR for border security into that environment.”
3 cities considering UAVs in police departments
1. North Dakota
OK a state, not a city but a two-year experiment by a North Dakota police agency has identified several key roles that UAVs could play in routine law enforcement operations across cities in the state.
The Grand Forks Sherriffs Department has accumulated about 100 flight hours and 200 hours in simulations with four UAVs says Alan Frazier, a retired officer and now adjunct professor at the University of North Dakota. Frazier expects police agencies to operate UAVs in the same manner as canine units today.
The Los Angeles Police Commission will soon hold a series of public hearings to give the public a chance to weigh in on the use of drones by the local police department after receiving two drones from their Seattle counterparts.
The X6 UAVs are equipped with camera, video and infrared capabilities. According to an LAPD statement, they will only being considered for “narrow and prescribed uses” – such as keeping an eye on hostages or suspects barricaded in a building – rather than keeping a watchful gaze over citizens.
Police forces are “particularly interested in tactical small UAV’s for surveillance and reconnaissance, as many of these platforms are man portable and fit into a patrol car.”
What do you think? Are any of these cases likely to go ahead? These are only three examples, which other police departments are considering UAVs? What challenges do the police face?
California Counter-Drug Joint Task Force
146th Airlift Wing, Team Condor
“Standardized C-130 Sensor Pallet”
Sensor Requirement Summary
Introduction - The ANG has a unique mandate in supporting civil authorities for a variety of mission roles not typically undertaken by active military components under “Title 10” …… This requires that the ANG acquire and maintain unique capabilities to meet this challenge.
Electro-Optic (EO) Infrared (IR)
This type of technology is currently in use by many CD air support vehicles. It gives us the ability to detect, track and observe vehicles, individuals or areas of interest from long ranges (EO) and evaluate their temperature differences with infrared imaging (IR). Infrared sensors are helpful in the confirmation of indoor cannabis grow sites as well as the detection of other activities that generate heat. Laser illuminators could also be used to track LEA personnel and easily distinguish them from others during an operation. $ 250,000 to $2,000,000
•ELINT – Electronic Signals Intelligence
The ability to evaluate the emission of electronic signals would give law enforcement the capability to possibly detect and triangulate on different and specific types of electronic equipment that emit a signal. The advantages of this type of technology should be evident. *It should be noted that this technology has security classifications and thus limits its use and who could operate it.
$79,200 demo only. Equipment not priced.