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New Imaging, Surveillance and Protection Systems Unveiled

Jun. 18, 2014 - 12:29PM   |  
By ANDREW CHUTER   |   Comments
The Blighter Scout, unveiled at Eurosatory, is a mobile surveillance capability that can be vehicle- or trailer mast-mounted.
The Blighter Scout, unveiled at Eurosatory, is a mobile surveillance capability that can be vehicle- or trailer mast-mounted. (Blighter Surveillance Systems)
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PARIS — French firm Lheritier unveiled a high-powered, active-imaging, day-night camera at Eurosatory that it says is the first portable camera to allow facial identification in darkness at 150 meters.

The Cat Eye, developed over two years with funding from the French Ministry of Defense, is being promoted as an alternative to IR cameras and a solution to obtaining legal evidence.

The camera’s 400mm lens can capture images in near darkness, while a pulsed laser diode can then be used to enhance full night vision.

Elbit Systems brought to Eurosatory its new ATMOS 155mm/52 caliber truck-mounted howitzer, which can be mounted on any tactical six- or eight-wheel-drive truck chassis and offers better performance than its predecessor as well as an electronics suite that allows for a smaller crew.

The Israeli firm also launched a new observation and targeting system, the Long View CR-D (LVCR-D), an upgrade to its LVCR, which combines a forward-looking infrared, long-range day camera; laser rangefinder; GPS and magnetic compass. The upgrade adds a diode-pumped laser designator, which the firm says minimizes the risks of collateral damage.

Britain’s Blighter Surveillance Systems used the show to introduce a lightweight mobile surveillance capability for applications such as monitoring border hotspots or reacting to ground interdiction.

Blighter Scout is a vehicle- or trailer mast-mounted system featuring the company’s own passive electronic scanning array radar, low-light camera, thermal imaging system and an integrated radar tracker.

The system can detect a human out to 7.4 kilometers and a large moving vehicle out to a range of 22 kilometers.

At the other end of the scale, Finland’s boutique steel maker, Ruukki, rolled out a new armor at the show. Called Ramor 450, it claims the steel offers the best blast protection on the market for vehicle designers looking to defeat landmines.

The armor is primarily aimed at providing blast protection for the floors of military vehicles. The steel can be used as the frame structure of the vehicle or on the floor, and Ruukki guarantee’s mechanical values such as tensile strength, elongation and impact strength, as well as the usual guarantee for hardness.

Ramor 450 joins a family of armored steels and is the second addition to the Ruukki specialist product line in the last nine months. Last September, the company introduced the Ramor 550 to provide protection from kinetic energy projectiles.

Thomas Hornfeldt, the Ruukki senior vice president for special steels and international sales, said Ramor 450 was already in trials with customers in the armored personnel sector but as yet they had no contract.

“This is a case where capability outweighs the price tag. We are never cheaper but we are usually the best,” said Hornfeldt. ■


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