CONTROP Precision Technologies announced at Aero India 2019 in Bangalore on 20 February that it will equip an Asian country's Coast Guard with advanced iSea electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR) maritime surveillance payloads.
The systems will be deployed on several vessels, beginning in 2019, for territorial waters protection missions. The easy-to-install, easy-to-operate systems include a long-range thermal camera, a high definition visible light surveillance camera, an eye-safe laser range finder (ELRF), advanced image processing and video enhancement algorithms, an automatic video tracker (AVT) and automatic gain control (AGC).
“CONTROP previously supplied its EO/IR systems to the country's Navy, and this first order from their Coast Guard is another sign of trust in CONTROP's technology by their military forces,” commented company CEO, Hagay Azani. “These high-quality, gyro-stabilised camera systems provide clear day and night images at very long distances. For these reasons, the iSea family of payloads are widely used by navies, coast guards, and special naval operations teams on a variety of maritime vessels in many countries worldwide.”
The iSea system features a unique, cutting-edge stabilisation technology that enables a continuous uninterrupted line-of-sight to assure clear pictures, even in the roughest of seas. The system can withstand the harshest environmental conditions, including fog, high salinity and moisture and offers a full solution for maritime operations that easily interfaces with other on-board assets, including radar systems, to provide slew-to-cue functionality.
At Aero India 2019, CONTROP is highlighting its EO/IR capabilities, including some of its advanced products, such as:
• iSky-50HD, which now has a new HD thermal imager, revolutionising its performance capabilities. The iSky-50HD is a unique airborne camera payload with a new and advanced configuration of three channels: a continuous zoom HD thermal channel (MWIR), a continuous zoom HD day channel, and a SWIR spotter. Additional optional features can include an ELRF and/or laser pointer. The system includes gyro-stabilisation, real-time image enhancement features, built-in IMU and automatic video tracker.
• SPEED-ER, a gyro-stabilised, land-based, ultra-long-range observation system for coastal and border protection. The SPEED-ER has three channels – a medium-wave thermal imager (MWIR), a short-wave infrared channel (SWIR) and wide and narrow visible cameras - which ensure sharp, high-resolution pictures, even in conditions of haze, dust, rain or high humidity, at any hour of the day or night.