QUICK FIT RECCE EO SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY CHESS AT DSEI

Long range easy to fit, easy to use Hawkeye Vehicle System on stand S8-140

A quick fit electro optical system designed for reconnaissance vehicles is launched at DSEI by Chess Dynamics on stand S8-140.

Long range easy to fit, easy to use Hawkeye Vehicle System on stand S8-140 Long range easy to fit, easy to use Hawkeye Vehicle System on stand S8-140

The Hawkeye Vehicle System is an easy to fit and easy to use surveillance system which allows the operator to see out to 20km using a long range day/low light and IR cameras.

“The basic principles of reconnaissance have not changed in millennia, it is to gather and disseminate tactical and operational level information which enables commanders to understand, anticipate and disrupt an enemy’s activities,” said David Tuddenham, Managing Director at Chess Dynamics. “Our Hawkeye Vehicle system is designed specifically to enhance the most reliable method of persistent surveillance and observation, eyes on the ground.”

To reduce the operator’s workload the system uses a touch screen, icon based display with a Game Pad stylecontroller.  The system has built into it the ability to set up specific target areas which are monitored automatically and the operator alerted to any activity rather than having to continually monitor the screen. It also has target tracking and image stabilisation to reduce fatigue and the cogniscent burden on the operator.

The system comprises a four metre pneumatic mast that lifts the electro optic head, which enables the vehicle to remain “hull down” in anonymity while observing targets at a safe distance and out of reach of direct fireweapons.

The sensor suite incorporates a Laser Range Finder capable of measuring ranges up to 20km; an optional Laser Target Marker, Designator or Near Infra-Red pointer can also be fitted to enhance the platforms capability.  The addition of a geo-reference system enables the platform to give accurate target location, which, with the correct battlefield C4I system, can support and feed into the wider targeting cycle.

A Gen4 cooled thermal imager and Chess Dynamics Long Range Piranha Day/Low light camera forms the backbone of the system, detecting targets at extreme ranges.

“A combination of these assets in a squadron would prove useful for target hand off and directing troops at night,” said Mr Tuddenham.

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