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Israeli confidence in aerostat surveillance grows

13th February 2009 - 16:05 GMT | by Peter Donaldson in Bangalore


Controp’s new SPEED-A camera pods and tethered balloons have proved themselves a powerful combination in recent months, particularly during the Gaza war that the Israeli military called operation Cast Lead. Operating at, typically, 1,000 ft, their persistent surveillance capability with continuous-zoom IR cameras detected a number of rocket attacks and ambushes in the preparation phase, giving warnings timely and precise enough for the attacks to be prevented.

Tactical aerostats are attracting increasing attention at the moment because of the promise of persistence, ease and speed of deployment and broad coverage at low life-cycle cost, but optimising cameras to give their

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Peter Donaldson


Peter Donaldson

Peter Donaldson is a contributor for Shephard Media and is based in the UK.

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