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to customers' needs.
Bahat said that the M-19HD options include:
2 HD Day Cameras (Zoom and Spotter), HD IR
Zoom Camera, Laser Designator, Laser Range
Finder, Laser Pointer, Laser Illuminator (in near
infrared - NIR) and electron-multiplied charged-
coupled-device (EMCCD) camera or short-wave
infrared (SWIR) camera.
The division's R&D director emphasized that while
radar is the tool to detect threats, there is a need to
actually see it in order to get the needed information.
Other electro Optical payloads made by the
division are arranged in "families".
The MOSP - Multi-mission Optronic Stabilized
Payload is a multi sensor highly stabilized
payload for different applications, such as:
• MOSP for UAVs, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft
and maritime applications (Day, Night, LDRF
• MOSP 3000 encompassing the latest
technologies on gimbal and sensor design:
• MOSP 3000-HD's design is based on one
LRU, fully digital stabilized platform. Sensors
package can be equipped with a variety of EO,
IR and Laser sensors, optimised to customer
missions. MOSP3000-HD has unique sensors,
in-flight alignment and video image enhancement
that significantly improve observation and
targeting ranges. Payload's Line of Sight can be
controlled manually or by auto-track, slaving and
The division's POP Family has been for years
an integral part of many weapon systems.
• POP300LR with a 380X480 or 640X480
Thermal Imager, a new long range zoom lens, a
color CCD with a new long range zoom lens, a
wide angle CCD and an optional eye safe Laser
• POP300D with a 640X480 Thermal Imager, color
CCD with near IR capability and a Laser Pointer,
an eye safe Laser Rangefinder and a powerful
Laser Designator (compatible with US and NATO
laser guided munitions including Hellfire missiles).
• POP300D-HD High Definition is a single LRU
stabilized payload, based on a unique plug-in
optronic "slice" that can be replaced in the
field in minutes. The payload is equipped with
powerful high definition IR sensor, high definition
continuous zoom color day TV, dual wavelength
Laser Designator & Range Finder (eye safe) and
Laser Pointer (option).
The TAMAM line of mini payloads is also part of
many active combat proven systems. MiniPOP is
an 8" lightweight payload for day/night observation
systems designed for military, para-military and
civilian applications. The payload provides real-
time image, automatic video tracker capabilities
and precise target geo-location for small platforms
including small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs),
armored vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles
(UGVs) and naval vessels.
MiniPOP is a dual axis, gyro-stabilized payload.
The payload is one Line Replaceable Unit (LRU)
open architecture design that carries up to four
sensors. The basic configuration includes a
continuous zoom color day camera and a thermal
imaging camera. A laser pointer, eye-safe laser
range finder and automatic television tracker can be
incorporated for greater capabilities and functionality.
It is remotely controlled via a RS422 serial
communications protocol or by a Hand Control UNIT
This payload is also manufactured in different
versions - with laser designators and other added
Many of TAMAM's new systems are classified but
one that has been exposed is the GTAS (Ground
Target Acquisition System).
This is a new, lightweight, portable, self-contained
observation and targeting system for modern ground
forces. GTAS ensures the targeting mission's
success by providing quick deployment, remote
control, day and night target acquisition, auto-
tracking, laser range finding of moving targets and
increased operator survivability - all in a single unit.
Bahat explains that the same payload can be
installed on a UAV or a fast patrol boat "the hardware
is almost the same but the use is totally different.
The way these payloads are designed allows them
to function under different conditions and to serve
different operational requirements".
The division has recently undergone a complete
reorganization to allow full compliance with each
customer's needs. TAMAM has currently air force,
naval, army, coastal and border control departments
"When a customer selects one of our systems we
tailor it according to the typical missions it will serve.
We even paint it in the colors that symbolise aerial,
maritime or ground users".
Some of TAMAM's payloads are combined with
radar supplied by the ELTA division of IAI: "The
radar detects and the high definition long range
payload serves to see the threat details in order to
better deal with it."
Bahat explains that in many cases the payloads
are not stand-alone systems "in certain cases
we also supply a C3 system that connects the
payloads and supplies the specific force with a
unified picture. The demand for such a combination
The amount of visual data collected by the
advanced payloads creates a problem - most of
the current data links that connect the payload with
the users on the ground, at sea or in the air do not
have enough bandwidth. The solution according to
Bahat is the processing of the data by the payload
so that only "purified" data is sent to the users,
"The growing use of High Definition payloads and
this way of processing in the sky is mandatory".
The development laboratories of TAMAM are
busy in an effort to satisfy the growing operational
requirements of their customers, including meeting
the the operational requirements of the Israeli
Defence Forces (IDF). Almost every day officers
from the different branches of the military visit those
laboratories and share their operational challenges
that need to be met by the new generations of
The amount of visual data collected by the advanced payloads creates a
problem - most of the current data links that connect the payload with the
users on the ground, at sea or in the air do not have enough bandwidth.
Credit: Tamam / IAI
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