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Observation/Reconnaissance System

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
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Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH is presenting the latest version of its BAA II observation and reconnaissance system. The work of the observation and reconnaissance units is getting easier, thanks to the new sensor head. Troops no longer have to watch the monitor continuously, which often led to fatigue.

The new automated motion detection system supports users during longer observation stops and informs them when a vehicle or a potential threat is approaching. The image fusion facilitates merging of data from the thermal imager and the day vision camera. These optimized images make details that were initially undetectable visible to the human eye. The 15-in. screen and an easy-to-handle operating unit simplify use.

BAA II is a complex system equipped with state-of-the-art sensors, including a third-generation thermal imager, a high-resolution CCD camera, a laser rangefinder and a laser target illuminator. A large elevation angle in mountainous terrain is a crucial advantage for observing persons and vehicles moving around in valleys. Targets can be marked, illuminated and assigned via the high-precision laser target designator.

With a quick-release device, users can transform the system from a mast to a tripod type. The BAA II can then be operated from the vehicle via remote control. Because all of the sensors are integrated in a single housing, the system can be deployed remotely in bad weather without having to readjust them. Thanks to the connection to vehicle navigation systems and the precise results delivered by the sensors, target localization and rangefinding can be integrated directly into the firing system of the relevant vehicle or in other systems.

The modular design enables integration into an existing intelligence and command system, and expansion at any time.

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Photonics Spectra
Sep 2012
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