EO/IR Special Report: Controp delivers to Vietnam Navy
Electro-optic specialists Controp has completed deliveries of its iSea-40HD maritime electro-optical/infrared payload to the Vietnamese Navy under the terms of a contract announced in November 2017.
The sensor system will be integrated onto an undisclosed navy vessel, and is a follow on to a previous order from Hanoi that saw a different Controp payload delivered for integration on another vessel type three years ago.
The 29kg iSea-40HD has a thermal camera with continuous optical zoom, a full HD day camera, and four gimbals for increased stabilisation, while an additional laser pointer or laser range finder can also be added as an option.
iSea is a family of systems, and the iSea-30HD variant has been provided to the Australian Border Force for maritime monitoring, while the iSea-50HD system is pending delivery to an undisclosed Asia-Pacific customer for integration onto patrol boats.
‘Controp is concentrating on the Asia Pacific, particularly regarding EO/IR upgrades for the maritime market, mission systems for maritime air patrol and EEZ protection…and coastal surveillance,’ Nir Bar-Natan, marketing director at the company, told Shephard.
He added that EO/IR is used across all operating sectors in the region, although these end users are relatively new adopters of this type of technology, having only recently realised the benefits of this type of sensing.
‘Similarly, only recently have their budgets allowed them to consider these technologies,’ Bar-Natan adds. ‘In addition, prices of these technologies have gone down over the years, again enabling them to incorporate these purchases into their budgets.’