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ARGOS–II HD for German Federal Police helicopters

27th July 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Hensoldt’s Optronics business line has received a three-year supply contract to deliver electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) system, ARGOS–II HD, to ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik for use in the German Federal Police helicopter fleet, the company announced on 24 July.

The Argos-II HD is a part of the ESG PTANG mission system. The ARGOS-II HD gimbal has been designed for ISR missions. The gimbal consists of a mid-wave megapixel HD thermal imager and a multi-spectral HDTV camera, both features continuous optical and electronic zoom capability. An optional multi-spectral HDTV spotter camera enables longer range target identification. The ARGOS-II is based on a fully integrated, stabilised turret assembly for better stabilisation.

An internal inertial measurement unit and GPS enable accurate GEO-location of ground targets and steering or tracking of the system’s line of sight to pre-defined GPS locations, providing commanders with real-time intelligence in areas of operational interest while the integral auto tracker function provides tracking of moving or static targets in the line of sight.

Advanced image processing functions, including picture-in-picture display, edge enhancement, haze penetration, pseudo colours and day/thermal image fusion provide optimised image performance for varying operational conditions.

The ARGOS-II airborne observation system has been designed for installation on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and UAS to provide observation and targeting capabilities for military, border and maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.

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