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EO/IR Special Report: Elbit prepares As-Pac optics deliveries

25th February 2018 - 20:45 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London

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Elbit Systems is preparing to deliver the Condor 2 airborne sensor system for integration on an undisclosed Asia-Pacific fighter fleet next year.

Under a $82 million contract awarded in 2017, this is a follow-on order to one previously placed in 2005, and will allow the operator to collect images over long ranges.

‘We are witnessing a growing demand for our systems in the region for various operational requirements, be it aircraft protection systems such as DIRCM and EW or advanced payload systems,’ a company representative told Shephard.

‘Elbit has numerous important customers and hundreds of systems in this region and is looking forward to giving them the best solutions with its advanced systems in the future.’

One particular area of interest for the region is wide-area persistent surveillance (WAPS), which can be applicable to an operator’s daily operations.

Elbit officially launched the SkEye WAPS system in June 2017, which it claims is unique and can be used for natural disaster recovery, as well as to counter terrorism and homeland security (HLS) threats.

‘It comprises advanced capabilities in the field of imagery intelligence gathering, providing a complete high-resolution picture and up to 80km2 coverage of the area of interest to a large number of users,’ the representative noted.

‘The SkEye solution is already operating in various countries globally, contributing to defence and HLS missions, and is installed on various types of unmanned aircraft vehicles and light aircraft.’

The Spectro XR multispectral imaging system is also garnering interest in the region, due to its short-wave IR (SWIR) capability that allows it to collect images in difficult weather conditions.

‘The typical climate in this part of the world is tropical and therefore the atmosphere is usually very hazy and humid,’ the company added. ‘The day TV images are heavily affected by haze, smoke and humidity.

‘The recent SWIR technology that were introduced in our systems like the Spectro XR is designed to work in those conditions and deliver clear image in harsh weather conditions.’

Elbit was contracted to provide the system to an undisclosed customer in the Asia-Pacific under a $90 million contract awarded in 2016.  

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