C4iSR: Air

Fixview readies stabilised sensor turret for Vigía 2B UAV programme

11 July 2019

A full-scale mock-up of the FAA’s Vigía 2B UAV. Source: Santiago Rivas

Argentine company Fixview, which specialises in the development and production of stabilised electro-optical sighting systems, has rolled out the new FV300 system.

The FV300 is a family of modular electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor turrets that can be equipped with a range of high-definition sensors to address specific customer requirements. These can include day and IR cameras and laser rangefinders.

The gyrostabilised FV300 turret has been selected to equip the Argentine Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Argentina: FAA) Vigía 2B unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is under development by the FAA's research and development department, Dirección General de Investigación y Desarrollo.

According to company specifications, the FV300 turret has a diameter of 300 mm and unladen weight of 17 kg, enabling it to be fitted to small aircraft including UAVs. It can be fitted with a 1080p full HD daylight camera with 30× continuous optical and 2-4× digital zoom, and a wide and narrow field of view (FoV) of 63.7° and 2.3°, respectively.

It can also be equipped with an IR camera comprising a cooled 3-5 µm mid-wave IR (MWIR) array with 640 × 512 pixel resolution and 18-275 mm continuous optical zoom, which offers a wide FoV of 30.6° × 24.5° and narrow FoV of 2.05° × 1.64°.

A Class 3B laser pointer with 100 mW power output and a NATO-standard Class 1 1.5 µm laser rangefinder with a range of up to 10 km can be fitted if requiired.

The Vigía 2B will be fitted with the Observación Aérea (Aerial Observation Pod), a 40 kg EO/IR pod that includes the FV300 turret, its batteries, and a transmission system with datalink to send the images to the ground operator. It has a claimed data transmission range of up to 150 km.

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