Patrouillent auprès des frontières d’Israël

Depuis 2008, une dizaine de véhicules sans conducteur, des Guardium, patrouillent auprès des frontières d’Israël et permettent d’éviter que des soldats ne se retrouvent en danger. Source:  Des véhicules sans pilotes patrouillent aux frontières d’Israël 16 juillet 2013

European market for electric drives

“Our research shows that the European market for electric drives was valued at $3.00 billion in 2012, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.7 per cent until 2017,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Sivakumar Narayanaswamy. “Manufacturing automation holds a significant proportion of this market and Control Techniques’ Unidrive M range is one of the world’s most comprehensive classes of drives for manufacturing automation applications.”  Source. Frost & Sullivan Presents 2013 European Product Line Strategy Award to Control Techniques. July 8, 2013.

Estimated the Domestic UAS Industry

Overall, it is estimated the domestic UAS industry will create 70,000 jobs and have an economic impact of $13.6 billion in 2015-2018 alone. Source: The Truth About The ‘Drones’ That Have So Many So Bothered.  By John Procter & Brian Wagner. Forbes 6/28/2013

First Combat Encounter Between a Manned Fighter and a UAV

On December 23, 2002, military history was made over Iraq. In an air combat encounter between a MiG-25 fighter and a US Predator UAV, the MiG launched an air-to-air missile at the UAV and shot it down. This encounter is regarded as the first of its kind, owing to the fact that the Predator UAV, which carried air-to-air armament (AIM-92 Stinger missiles), launched a missile at the MiG fighter, but missed. This historic fight was not the first combat encounter between a manned fighter and a UAV. Other notable incidents in this field are the downing of an Indian Searcher UAV by a Pakistani F-16 fighter in June 2002 and the downing of a Hermes-450 UAV by a Russian MiG-29 fighter over Georgia in April 2008.  Three hostile UAV kills were recorded in Israel as well. Two Iranian-made AbabilUAVs were shot down using Python-5 air-to-air missiles during the Second Lebanon War. Another UAV, which entered Israeli airspace in October 2012, was shot down by an IAF interceptor using an air-to-air missile. Analysis of video recordings of these kills shows that they all had one thing in common: the interceptors had to close in on the UAV, sometimes to the point of actual visual contact. This reflects the complexity of the task of hitting a small and slow airborne platform by big and fast interceptors. Source:  Arie EgoziThe Birth of a New UAV Mission. The future battles of the UAVs: interception and air superiority Israel Defense: 27/6/2012

Percentage of military applications UGV’s

As a result of nearly a decade of increasing threats from improvised explosive devices in Iraq and Afghanistan, robotics for defense applications continues to evolve as innovative technology is constantly improving in functionality in countering the IED threat. UGVs used in defense applications, i.e. procured by defense departments and ministries of defense, account for an estimated 85% of the entire body of fielded UGVs.  Source:  The Dominance of Defense Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)

Use of robotically assisted hysterectomy for benign gynecologic disorders

Use of robotically assisted hysterectomy increased from 0.5% in 2007 to 9.5% of all hysterectomies in 2010. During the same time period, laparoscopic hysterectomy rates increased from 24.3% to 30.5%. Three years after the first robotic procedure at hospitals where robotically assisted hysterectomy was performed, robotically assisted hysterectomy accounted for 22.4% of all hysterectomies. The rates of abdominal hysterectomy decreased both in hospitals where robotic-assisted hysterectomy was performed as well as in those where it was not performed. In a propensity score-matched analysis, the overall complication rates were similar for robotic-assisted and laparoscopic hysterectomy (5.5% vs 5.3%; relative risk [RR], 1.03; 95% CI, 0.86-1.24). Although patients who underwent a robotic-assisted hysterectomy were less likely to have a length of stay longer than 2 days (19.6% vs 24.9%; RR, 0.78, 95% CI, 0.67-0.92), transfusion requirements (1.4% vs 1.8%; RR, 0.80; 95% CI, 0.55-1.16) and the rate of discharge to a nursing facility (0.2% vs 0.3%; RR, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.35-1.76) were similar. Total costs associated with robotically assisted hysterectomy were $2189 (95% CI, $2030-$2349) more per case than for laparoscopic hysterectomy. Source. JAMA. 2013 Feb 20;309(7):689-98. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.186. Robotically assisted vs laparoscopic hysterectomy among women with benign gynecologic disease. Wright JD, Ananth CV, Lewin SN, Burke WM, Lu YS, Neugut AI, Herzog TJ, Hershman DL. Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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