State-of-the-art SPEED-A is an EO / IR Payload for Surveillance on Aerostats and Balloons – Recently Ordered
by Additional Customers
CONTROP’s SPEED-A flying high on Aeronautics' Skystar Aerostat
February 20, 2013
CONTROP's SPEED-A payload has been ordered by yet an additional customer – this time in Europe - for surveillance applications
on aerostats and balloons. The SPEED-A is also being used by the Canadian Army domestically and overseas onboard Aeronautics’
Skystar 300 surveillance aerostat. The SPEED-A is field proven and also used in Israel and multiple other locations with
extraordinary results for base and force protection - as well as border protection - and is providing unsurpassed surveillance
performance. This extensive and proven operational experience with the SPEED-A provides optimal security of a Forward Operating
Base (FOB) in order to ensure secured support of tactical operations.
CONTROP believes that the SPEED-A aerostat payload system can also be well used to provide unique and proven solutions for
the Indian requirements for border protection, site security and force protection, as well as many other potential uses in India,
mainly due to its versatility for a variety of surface terrains and missions.
The SPEED-A is a unique EO / IR payload with unmatched capabilities which were specifically developed for use on tactical
aerostats (balloons) due to its being a state-of-the-art gimbal system – with three gyro stabilized axes. In addition to the
pitch and yaw traditional axes, the SPEED-A is also stabilized in the roll axis (which compensates for the unique roll movement
of balloons). The powerful Continuous Optical Zoom Lens in the Thermal Camera ensures continual viewing of the target during
zoom-in and zoom-out, as well as Image Enhancement features for low visibility conditions. The SPEED-A is also available with
an optional Laser Range Finder (LRF). Weighing only 23 kg, the breakthrough SPEED-A camera payload is ideal for static balloons,
providing long range performance capabilities and superior surveillance images.
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