Airborne Technologies GmbH (Hall 5, Stand HJ460) of Austria has introduced the S.C.A.R.- Pod (Self-Contained Aerial Reconnaissance Pod), which enables every aircraft and helicopter equipped with NATO hard points to be turned into a surveillance aircraft without the need for airframe modifications.
The pod is completely self-sufficient, with data connection from pod to operator station generated via WiFi and no requirement for external cabling.
The use of an internal, easily changeable battery pack maintains power supply for up to 10 hours.
The lightweight carbon-fibre pod carries a complete surveillance mission package, which upgrades any aircraft to an ISR platform within a short time. It offers space for an EO/IR gimbal, downlink, uplink, moving map, augmented reality system and COMINT/ SIGINT equipment. Depending on the size of the gimbal, the S.C.A.R.-Pod is available in two versions for 10in and 15in EO/ IR cameras. Equipped with ITAR-free mission equipment, the S.C.A.R.-Pod is available immediately. The company says several contracts have already been placed for the system.