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East Tech 2022: TASL's new surveillance system to be tested by Indian Army in August

TASL's Rajak-XLR surveillance system (pictured above) will be tested by the Indian Army in August. (Janes/Oishee Majumdar)

Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) has developed a new surveillance system – named Rajak-XLR (extra-long range) – that will be tested by the Indian Army in August, a source at TASL told Janes at East Tech 2022, held in Kolkata by the Indian Army's Eastern Command on 7 and 8 July.

Rajak-XLR consists of “a long-range continuous zoom-type thermal camera, long-range continuous zoom-type day camera, and a laser rangefinder for analysing the target's distance”, the source told Janes.

“The system has a 50 km detection range for vehicles and a 40 km range for detecting humans,” the source said.

The system “can also give an idea about the type of vehicle” it has detected, the source added.

The source also said that Rajak-XLR has been designed, developed, and manufactured by TASL with all components and modules being domestically built.

The system “will be mostly used by the Artillery regiment of the Indian Army”, according to the source.

Rajak-XLR is a more advanced variant of TASL's Rajak-ULR (ultra-long range) surveillance system.

The source told Janes that Rajak-ULR is in service with the Indian Army, National Security Guard (NSG), and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBPF).

In recent trials in Ladakh, Rajak-ULR has shown a detection range of 35 km, and both Rajak-XLR and Rajak-ULR can be used effectively in high-altitude areas, the source added.

According to TASL, Rajak-ULR comprises a long-range day camera, a thermal imager, a global positioning system (GPS), and a digital magnetic compass (DMC) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera (optional) mounted on a compact stabilised pan tilt and controlled through a compact console.

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