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Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017

Unrivalled capabilities The MicroFly II, Hi-5, and the Navaid are three of the latest inventions by Airborne Systems. Of these, the Hi-5 is of particular prominence in the strategic marketplace; is the only parachute in the world that can glide 5:1, and easily transition for a 1:1. Airborne Systems are currently making large canopies for the Hi-5, bumping up the weight capacity, even allowing a tandem ability. There is no other parachute in the world that is expected to be able to achieve what the Hi-5 is capable of. Space solutions brought down to earth A tiny air compressor that was first developed for space travel has been adapted for medical laboratories and operating theatres by UK manufacturer Vert Rotors. The VERT.04 compressor – which is barely bigger than the face of a wristwatch – is the world’s smallest high-pressure and low-vibration clean air compressor. The VERT.04 technology first was unveiled as prototype satellite cooling system for the Ministry of Defence’s Centre for Defence Enterprise, aiming to improve the quality of infrared imaging. The medical version of the VERT.04 is a low-noise, low-vibration compressor. It produces clean air compressed to 8 bar, nearly four times higher than the current generation of industry-standard micro compressors. Innovation in compressor design is glacially slow – this device is the first new design in the last 30 years to come to market. Poised for growth SM Carapace Armor is planning to launch the next generation of Boron Carbide Ceramics in 2017, and integrating these ceramics with the lightweight PE backing to produce the best-in-class lightweight armour. Personnel armour needs have been changing over the years and demands lightweight armour with multi-hit capability, and SM Carapace armour stands up to it. Another area being explored is in setting up local technology centres to assist customers to integrate armour as a potential solution to replicate and scale up technology in different parts of the world, an effective strategy to achieve long term success by leveraging local expertise. 10 EXHIBITOR NEWS


Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017
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