ARGOS-II HD / HDT

Airborne ISR and ISTAR system for military, border, maritime patrol and law enforcement missions

Capabilities

  • Surveillance and targeting capabilities  for military, border, maritime patrol and law enforcement missions
  • Fully integrated, single LRU, 16-inch class Stabilised Turret Assembly
  • Continuous optical and electronic zoom
  • Long range target identification
  • Accurate GEO-location of ground targets
  • Tracking of moving or static targets
  • Optimized image performance for varying operational conditions
  • Laser Pointer Laser Range finding, Designation, Pointing or Illumination

Description

The ARGOS-II Airborne Observation System is designed for installation on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles to provide ITAR Free surveillance (ISR)  and targeting (ISTAR) capabilitiesfor military, borderand maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.

The ARGOS-II is a robust, 16-inch class stabilised sensor turret with superb stabilisation. It incorporates a flexible suite of sensors and electronics in a single line replaceable Unit. It is fitted with a high definition (HD) MWIR continuous zoom thermal imager and unique HD multi-spectral TV zoom and spotter cameras. An optional SWIR camera provides additional multi-spectral capabilities and imaging in challenging visibility conditions. The Near Infrared (NIR) Laser Pointer and Laser Illuminator enhance the operational effectiveness of the system.

The ARGOS-II system can also be equipped with a dual wavelength, high power, low divergence Laser Designator / Rangefinder (LDR).  The LDR has selectable target designation and eye safe ranging modes and includes a training mode.

 

Features

  • ISR and ISTAR applications
  • Megapixel Thermal imager
  •  Multi-spectral HDTV Zoom Camera
  •  Multi-Spectral HDTV Spotter Camera
  • SWIR Spotter Camera
  • Eye-safe Laser Rangefinder
  • Laser Designator/Rangefinder
  • Multi-mode auto-tracker
  • IMU and GPS for GEO-functionality
  • Real time, on-board image processing
  • Edge and contrast enhancement
  • Image blending/fusion
  • Haze penetration
  • Video metadata

Main Benefits

An internal Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and GPS enable accurate GEO-location of ground targets and steering or tracking of the system’s line of sight to pre-defined GPS locations, providing commanders with real-time intelligence in areas of operational interest while the integral Autotracker function provides tracking of moving or static targets in the line of sight.

Advanced image processing functions, including picture-in-picture display, edge enhancement, haze penetration, pseudo colours and day/thermal image fusion provide optimized image performance for varying operational conditions. 

The ARGOS-II HD is for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and is fitted with an Eye-safe Laser Rangefinder whereas the ARGOS-II HDT is for Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions and fitted with a dual wavelength Laser Designator Rangefinder with selected target designation and eye-safe training mode. Additionally, a Near Infrared Laser Pointer and Laser Illuminator are offered as options to enhance the operational effectiveness of the system.

 

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Contact

HENSOLDT Optronics

+27.12.674.0215

infosa@hensoldt.net