Israel's Controp Precision Technologies has introduced new high-definition (HD) thermal imaging (TI) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) capabilities to its airborne iSky-50HD and maritime iSea-50HD electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) payloads.
The payloads, which are housed in gyro-stabilised 30 kg turrets with a diameter of 354 mm, feature stated TI detection ranges of 32 km for NATO-classification targets from the air and 27.8 km for small boat targets respectively. Both payloads now feature x36 continuous zoom for the TI channel, as well as a full HD continuous zoom day channel and optional eye-safe laser rangefinder and designator.
According to Controp, the new SWIR channel – which is understood to have been integrated in both payloads towards the end of 2017 – aims to enhance surveillance performance in unfavourable atmospheric conditions during the day and in low light, while the HD TI channel will offer improved imaging quality as well as a wider field-of-view for greater situational awareness.
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