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IAI to supply EO/IR for Philippine Navy's patrol vessels

The “signing ceremony” marking IAI's contract to supply MiniPOP EO/IR systems to the Philippine Navy. (Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI))

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to supply its MiniPOP electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems for the Philippine Navy's patrol vessels, the company announced in a media release on 16 May.

This particular MiniPOP system that is focused on maritime applications has been developed by IAI's Tamam Division, and is “designed to operate during both day and night, and meet harsh environmental conditions such as shock, vibration from waves, and extreme temperatures”, the company said.

“The payload provides real-time imaging, automatic video tracking, and precise target geolocation capabilities that can be used as a standalone EO/IR observation system on small and medium-sized vessels,” IAI added.

IAI declined to provide further details in response to a Janes request for comment on the value of the contract and the number of MiniPOP systems IAI plans to deliver to the Philippines Navy under the contract.

According to company specifications and Janes C4ISR & Mission Systems: Air, the MiniPOP is an EO/IR system, which can integrate four sensors in a single optical payload. It is gyrostabilised with a single line-replaceable unit (LRU). The payloads include a medium-wave infrared (MWIR) thermal imager with an XBn detector, a high-definition complementary metal oxide semiconductor (HD-CMOS) day colour camera with continuous zoom, a laser rangefinder, and an IR laser pointer.

The laser rangefinder (LRF) has a range of 20 km. The system has an open architecture and weighs 13 kg. The features include automatic TV tracking with multiple modes such as track, adjust, offset, and search.

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