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HENSOLDT’s SETAS vision system for armoured vehicles successfully demonstrated at British Army Armoured Center Bovington

SETAS – to be seen here during trials on a ‘Warrior’ IFV - gives armoured vehicle crews full situational awareness. Photo: HENSOLDT Optronics

London, 10 September 2019 – Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT successfully carried out the initial fitting and operating activities of its newly developed electro-optical vision system SETAS (See-through Armour System) with the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington. This activity was to capture, understand and then minimise potential operating issues in the future. Fitted on a ‘Warrior’ Infantry Fighting Vehicle, SETAS demonstrated its potential to give full situational awareness in the daylight hours to the vehicle crew while staying safely inside.

SETAS is being presented at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International DSEi in London on the HENSOLDT booth, No. S3-200, and on an ‘Eagle 6x6’ Armoured vehicle on the stand of General Dynamics, No. S9-200.

“SETAS gives Armoured vehicle crews exceptional visibility of their surroundings”, says Andreas Hülle, Managing Director of HENSOLDT Optronics. “The user can stay in safety within the vehicle but with a high degree of situational awareness of his surrounding environment outside. Particularly in urban environment this capability is a key enabler for rapid decision making   and as such platform survivability”.

The SETAS Integrated Camera Models houses two types of powerful sensors, very high resolution visual cameras (1 or 2) and  two uncooled thermal imager module (UCM). The visual sensor is capable of the recognition of a pedestrian at a distance of some 300 metres. This observation capability can be further enhanced with the integration of other sensors, such as acoustic sniper detection sensors, laser warner system and a hemispherical camera to cover the area directly above the vehicle.

Using a head mounted display as HMI, a crew member inside can virtually “see through” the armour achieving the same amount of orientation as observing  when ‘heads up”. Intelligent software algorithms are automatically alerting the crew if a potentially threatening movement is detected within the 360° around the vehicle.

SETAS can easily be fitted as a stand-alone system. However, greater advantage of the system can be achieved if the SETAS is connected to the vehicle’s network or Battle Management System, displaying external data to each crew member individually. SETAS will be available from 2020.


HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defence and security electronics. The company, headquartered in Taufkirchen near Munich, is a market leader in civilian and military sensor solutions. It develops new products to counter a wide variety of threats based on innovative concepts in such fields as big data, robotics and cyber security. With a workforce of some 4,500 employees, HENSOLDT generates revenues of more than €1 billion per year.

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