IDEX 2017

ISR in an instant [IDEX17D3]

21 February 2017

Defence, intelligence or commercial entities requiring a quick intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) solution need look no further than Airborne Technologies (Stand 07-D03). Backed by leading-edge aeronautical engineering expertise, Airborne is now offering its innovative self-contained aerial reconnaissance (SCAR) pod, which can be integrated on any aircraft with hardpoints.

Completely self-sufficient, the pod allows wireless operation, with data connection to the operator via WiFi, obviating the need for external cabling. The lug suspensions enable immediate use on every aircraft with NATO hardpoints. The internal, easily changeable battery pack provides power for up to 10 hours.

According to Airborne Technologies chief executive Wolfgang Grumeth, the SCAR pod requires no airframe modifications on the aircraft.

“On the basis of ‘plug and fly’, the customer is able to add ISR capability to his fleet in no time at all. Any aircraft or helicopter equipped with hardpoints can be an instant surveillance aircraft.”

The lightweight carbon-fibre SCAR pod offers room for an EO/ IR gimbal, up-/down-link, moving map, augmented reality system and Comint/Sigint equipment. Depending on the gimbal size, the pod is available in versions for 10in and 15in EO/IR cameras.

With a new office complex and additional hangar at Wiener Neustadt East airport in Austria, the company is rapidly expanding. It has won a number of significant orders in recent months for its customised turnkey solutions from international police and military forces.

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