The ARGOS-II Airborne Observation System is designed for installation on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles to provide observation and targeting capabilities for military, border and maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.
The ARGOS-II is centered around a fully integrated, 16-inch class Stabilised Turret Assembly, providing best-in-class stabilisation.
The Sensor Payload comprises a “Megapixel” HD Thermal Imager (MWIR) and a Multi-Spectral HDTV Camera, both featuring continuous optical and electronic zoom capability. An optional Multi-Spectral HDTV-Spotter Camera enables longer range target identification.
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 Eyesafe 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 eyesafe training mode. Additionally, a Near Infrared Laser Pointer and Laser Illuminator are offered as options to enhance the operational effectiveness of the system.
- ISR and ISTAR applications
- Megapixel Thermal imager/ Multi-spectral HDTV camera
- Eyesafe 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