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A targeting payload for Remote Weapons Stations (RWSs) and Armored Fighting Vehicles(AFVs) operating under harsh conditions has been recently revealed by an Israeli company. CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd., specializing in the field of electro-optics and IR defense and homeland security solutions, has exposed its specialized targeting EO/IR payload SIGHT-HD.
The system is a gyro-stabilized payload that was specially developed to withstand extreme environmental conditions, facilitating mid-to-long range target acquisition, day and night, for mobile and stationary applications.
When installed on AFVs, it is ideal for a wide range of applications, such as border surveillance, perimeter protection of sensitive installations, force protection, route clearance and more. At just 13kg, the low-weight payload is easily installed on any type of vehicle or weapon station.
The SIGHT-HD includes a high-performance Thermal Imaging (TI) camera using a 3-5µ Cooled IR detector with a continuous zoom lens; High Definition (HD) Color Day camera with a continuous zoom lens; and an Eyesafe Laser Range Finder (ELRF), all integrated into an all-in-one Line Replacement Unit (LRU).
According to the company announcement, the SIGHT-HD, the first in a family of dedicated SIGHT payloads under development, was created especially for Remote Weapon Stations, to maintain bore-sight in conditions of shocks and vibrations. It incorporates digital and mechanical compensatory mechanisms developed to significantly contribute to shooting precision. The system is currently in the process of being evaluated by several important customers before an expected procurement.