Technical assistance with Defence R&D programmes, such as the F110’s Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology Programmes, assistance with international R&D programmes and with R&D programmes in the areas of ISR and RPAS.

  • Cooperation in managing the MEDA project (Mars2020 mission), coordinating the technical and administrative aspects of the project. Management of working teams and testing. Document control and coordination of CAB’s activities within the project.
  • Collaboration in the design of mechanical and instrumentation equipment. Preparation of manufacturing blueprints, manufacturing, component tracking, assembly, adjustment, testing and modification of components.
  • Material cleaning activities for CAB science projects.
  • Isdefe continued to provide administrative support to the CAB for both INTA and the CSIC. Order management, meeting arrangement, dissemination support, proposal preparation support, billing, travel arrangements, liquidations, etc. Support to CAB management. Consulting activities.

  • Collaboration in starting up and validating the Special Environmental Proving Centre (CEAES) in Cuadros (León) as a new benchmark centre for environmental testing of explosive weapons.. The new centre has bunkers with the facilities required to conduct live-fire mechanical (vibration and shock) and climatic (temperature, humidity and altitude) testing with the ability to test up to 500 kg of TNT equivalent.
  • Performance of certification tests for the explosives detection system installed at the Madrid-Adolfo Suárez Airport.
  • In the area of new international projects, Isdefe collaborated in the European Defence Agency’s Patchbond project, specifically with the hail impact testing. This materials involves next-generation compounds for use to patch cracks in aircraft.

  • Participation in certifying a multitude of motor vehicles, such as the new Ford Fiesta, Courier, Ecosport, KA, SEAT IBIZA and ARONA and Volvo vehicles, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, etc.
  • Participation in international groups: IWVTA (International Whole Vehicle Type Approval), TAAEG (Type Approval Authorities Expert Group), MVWG (Motor Vehicle Working Group) and MCWG (Motorcycle Working Group) to support INTA and Spain’s Ministry of Industry.

Collaboration in developing a tool that is primarily intended to assist intelligence operators (CESAEROB) with tasks involving the use of SAR images to detect and identify maritime targets. The system support several SAR products from different acquisition platforms (Sentinel-1, TerraSAR and the future PAZ), and can also process AIS data available in CESAEROB. This operation tool automatically merges both information sources and generates reports on events that can be of interest in the area of defence and security. It also features an assistant for downloading Sentinel-1 products that makes use of the ESA’s Copernicus server.

  • Certification and approval of triple-bond solar space cells intended for the ESA satellite for the JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission for use in the temperature range from -170ºC to +140ºC.
  • Development and performance of testing methods for the latest generation of III-V quad-bonded high-performance solar cells that are over 40% efficient.
  • Oral and visual presentation of R&D work on certification and testing methods for state-of-the-art solar space cells at the ESA conference on space power, ESPC 2016 (Ispra, Italy).

Involvement in systems engineering, design, integration, AIV, AIT, testing campaigns, operating and evaluation campaigns, planetary protection of the instrument.

Participation in the Spike Programme (Israeli anti-tank fibre-optic guided missile programme with an infrared tracking unit, developed in concert with the European Union). INTA worked with Isdefe personnel to test the explosive material in the warhead, and the procedures are currently being prepared to be able to conduct the monitoring tests to which the batches being assembled in Granada for the Spanish Army will be subjected.

Upgrade of the MIDS terminal to version BU2. Due to the modifications performed on the Link16 tactical communications terminal, work is underway to adapt the national tactical communications tools. The main tools to be modified are:

  • ANITA: (Application for Network Implementation. Timeslot Assignment) National tool to design Link16 networks for subsequent distribution to all national platforms with Link16.
  • EVALINK16: Development of software for operational assessment of Link16 systems. It is capable of simulating any Link16 unit, be it naval, aerial or surface. It features the JREAP and SIMPLE protocols for laboratory testing (without MIDS terminals) that allow conducting interoperability tests between the various national laboratories that work on Link16 systems.

Participation in training personnel in different areas of defence. In 2016 courses were given on:

  • Programming SIP and C-GuardRJ jammers made by the company Netline.
  • Making propellants and gunpowder suppressants.

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