DSEI 2015

All-round vision [DSEI15, D1]

15 September 2015

The most crucial challenges to military missions are not always the capabilities of the enemy but the limitations imposed on military equipment by unforgiving landscapes and environments.

The Enhanced Situational Awareness (ESA) camera system from DRS Technologies arms drivers of large combat vehicles with close to a 360° view of their surroundings, providing an unparalleled advantage in the interest of safety and mission success.

ESA increases survivability, mobility, force protection and safety, to turn situational awareness into situational advantage.

By means of a unit known as a Driver’s Vision Enhancer Wide (DVE Wide), composed of three infrared cameras, it can provide a 107° by 30° visual field through the windshield, affording a clear view of the road ahead and the edges on both sides. Meanwhile, wheel-track displays with 40° by 30° fields of view from the sides of a vehicle allow drivers to determine the best way to manoeuvre in confined spaces and around obstacles.

A camera facing backwards allows a driver to safely reverse a vehicle and a commander to deploy troops confidently from the rear. DVE Wide is built with an advanced uncooled thermal imaging system. Sensors electronically ‘stitch’ together the images from the three side-by-side thermal imaging modules to produce a seamless front view, dramatically improving the field of view.

DRS Technologies (Stand SG17) is also presenting its Mounted Family of Computing Systems (MFoCS), a modular computing system for military vehicles and weapons platforms, and the small and lightweight Polaris, a tactical radio frequency tuner aimed at unmanned aerial vehicles.

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