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EO/IR Special Report: CorvusEye scans the region

12th February 2018 - 12:00 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Singapore


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Harris Corporation was promoting its CorvusEye wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor to the Asia-Pacific region at Singapore Airshow 2018.

Although the system comes with ITAR restrictions, it is available for export to around 47 countries. Therefore, the manufacturer believes there are countries in the region that would benefit from its capabilities.

Jason Baker, of Harris’ space and intelligent systems department, told Shephard that the CorvusEye can be fitted on any fixed-wing aircraft or MALE UAV able to accommodate a 15-inch bolt-in gimbal.

The 43.9kg sensor monitors an area 2-3km². In daylight its ground sample distance (essentially, the pixel size) is 26cm at an altitude of 10,000ft and 34cm at 20,000ft.

Its name stems from Corvus, a genus of birds that includes the crow and raven.

Harris Corporation states in its literature: ‘From signals intelligence and hyperspectral imaging to full-motion video, tactical radar and ground sensors, CorvusEye makes sense of the data for real-time, seamless, multi-intelligence airborne surveillance.’

Containing a dual-mode EO and IR sensor, it can operate day or night by capturing and storing data. It can operate comfortably at altitudes ranging from 10,000-20,000ft.

The WAMI sensor automatically detects the movement of vehicles within its area of surveillance in high-density regions, with no limit on the number of objects it can track. It can analyse historical patterns of life and therefore pinpoint any unusual activity.

The operator can specify a perimeter to create watch boxes or tripwires, with the operator notified of any breaches. The operator can play back information while real-time views are occurring, and up to ten independently controlled views can be performed simultaneously.

Although Baker was unwilling to specify who is currently using the CorvusEye, Shephard understands it is being used by the DoD in its Gorgon Stare programme where it is fitted on MQ-9 Reapers.

After being operational in the USA since 2015, Harris Corporation is now looking for international customers. The company brought the CorvusEye to Singapore Airshow 2016, and Baker said it attracted enough attention on that occasion to bring it back two years later.

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