Airbus Defence and Space (Stand 08-B05, German Pavilion) has received a contract valued at “tens of millions of euros” from an undisclosed Middle East customer to provide a large number of Z:NightOwl M imaging systems produced by the company’s Optronics division. The customer will use the system to protect its land borders and coastline.
Z:NightOwl M combines electro-optical and imaging infrared systems into a single system, using the third-generation Attica M-ER sensor. It also has an eye-safe laser rangefinder, while near- and short-wave infrared sensors can also be integrated.
The system has been specifically designed for long-range surveillance, combining a large field of view for wide-area observation and detection, and a narrow field of view for identification.
With warmer climes in mind, Z:NightOwl M has been optimised for good performance in conditions of heat-haze.