Raytheon enhances CSP with new HD version
Raytheon announced on October 24 that it has successfully demonstrated the enhanced capabilities of its new CSP HD turret, a high definition electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) version of its Common Sensor Payload (CSP).
The CSP HD turret is being developed to provide improved image quality and resolution compared to Standard Definition (SD) systems. It is currently available for new production and/or retrofit of existing CSP turrets.
According to the company, the initial CSP HD system flight test occurred on a US Army Gray Eagle UAS platform in September; and Raytheon is continuing its flight test activities onboard a manned demonstration aircraft equipped with both HD and SD CSP turrets to provide operators with real-time comparisons.
Jerry Powlen, vice president for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems for Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business, said, ‘We developed this product in direct response to the warfighter. They requested improved imagery, and we believe the HD version of Raytheon's CSP will exceed their expectations.’
The CSP-turreted system was competitively selected for the US Army Gray Eagle UAS and helicopter reconnaissance missions. More than 100 CSP systems have been delivered and deployed in support of warfighter operations. According to Raytheon, the CSP has ‘accumulated thousands of operational flight hours and has successfully completed demonstrations as part of the Gray Eagle UAS, exceeding all requirements, including reliability’.
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