The National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) of Taiwan has unveiled its indigenously developed Panoramic Vehicular Sighting System (PaVIS).
The system has been designed for installation on tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) to provide 360° coverage around the vehicle to significantly increase the crew's situational awareness. It has been shown integrated onto a 8x8 CM-32 Cloud Leopard infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) currently deployed by Taiwan.
PaVIS comprises a mast mounted electro-optical package and panoramic camera on the roof of the platform. The associated display and control system provides images to the crew of the platform on flat panel displays.
The number of fitted displays would depend on the platform that the PaVIS is installed on but on the Cloud Leopard IFV this would typically be provided for the driver, commander, gunner, as well as the rear troop compartment for the dismounts.
NCSIST declined to reveal detailed technical specifications of the PaVIS apart from that it has visible, thermal, and fused image capability. It is understood that the system can be integrated into a vehicle's existing electronic architecture.
The institute has also unveiled a head-mounted display but specific details of this system have not been released. It is stated to be of modular design so it can be readily integrated onto a customer's platform, employing wireless image transfer technology to access imagery captured by the vehicle's sighting systems.
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