12 Feb IAI Completes Test-Flights for its Innovative M-19HD Multi-Sensor Electro-Optical Payload

 
M19February 11th, 2015– Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) innovative M-19HD payload has successfully completed all airborne test-flights on manned and unmanned platforms. Local and international customers have shown interest in the novel electro-optical payload and advanced negotiations are underway.

The M-19HD is a true High-Definition, compact, multispectral, multi-sensor, single line-replacement unit (LRU) payload (simultaneously incorporating up to 7 sensors). The M-19HD enables continuous day/night surveillance under all weather conditions and provides outstanding acquisition ranges due to its powerful sensors, high stabilization and unique image processing capabilities. The M-19HD reduces the operator’s workload and improves situational awareness by virtue of its multi-mode automatic video tracker (AVT). It also provides accurate geo-location using its embedded IMU/GPS (Inertial measurement Unit/Global Positioning System).

 

Shlomo Gold, Acting General Manager of IAI’s Tamam Division: “The M-19HD payload is the ideal system for long-endurance ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) missions and area dominance. The M-19HD provides powerful sensors, high stabilization and unique image processing features, together with long range persistent surveillance capabilities. The M-19HD follows IAI’s tradition of innovation and offers our customers high performance and a cost-effective solution”.

 

The system is designed to be installed onboard advanced unmanned aerial platforms such as IAI’s Heron-1 and Heron TP UAVs, as well as aerostats and manned platforms, able to perform strategic missions.

 

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M-19 HD characteristics:

Designed to withstand severe environmental conditions, the M-19HD operates in demanding, high-end applications on various platforms such as high/medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles (HALE/MALE UAVs); fixed- wing aircraft; maritime vessels; aerostats; and combat helicopters.

  • Dimensions: width: 22.6″ (576 mm), height: 27.3″ (694 mm)
  • Weight: 75 – 85 kg (configuration dependent)
  • Sensor configurations are tailored to customers’ needs (up to 7 sensors);
    options include: 2 HD Day Cameras (Zoom and Spotter), 2 HD IR Cameras (Zoom and Spotter), Laser Designator with in-flight boresight, 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.

 

In the pictures:

  • The M-19 HD payload on board IAI-made Heron UAV
  • M-19 HD payload

 

 

Eliana Fishler
Senior VP Communications
Tel: + 972-3-935-8509
efishler@iai.co.il
www.iai.co.il

 

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