LAAD 2013: Selex expands lightweight ISR offerings
Selex ES has unveiled the newest addition to its aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) offerings with the introduction of the Light ISR system. The company presented the system for the first time at the LAAD Defence & Security International Exhibition in Rio De Janeiro on 11 April.
Selex ES has developed the system in response to increasing demand for low-cost airborne surveillance assets that can fulfil maritime and overland ISR missions.
The Light ISR system is based on a de-scaled version of the company’s Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) mission system - ATOS Lightweight - integrated on-board the Skycar light aircraft produced by Italian firm Omasud.
All aspects of Light ISR, from the ATOS Lightweight to the Skycar platform, are available in multiple configurations to meet customer requirements. Selex ES surveillance radars, including the Gabbiano T-20 Radar and electro-optic day/night turrets such as Selex ES’s EOST 46, can also be integrated on the aircraft to enhance capabilities. The system provides up to 3.5 hours endurance for patrol missions.
The Light ISR system has also been developed with a remote mission operator variant which allows users to deploy the platform on missions without carrying a mission operator on-board in addition to the pilot. This allows the platform to carry additional fuel and payloads and for mission operators to work from a centralised mission control centre, able to support and coordinate more than one aircraft at the same time.
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