Gyro-Stabilised Gimbal Offers Flexible Geolocation and Geotracking
Argentinian company Fixview demonstrated its FV300 gimbal system to local army authorities – including Gen Agustín Cejas, the Chief of the General Staff – near Buenos Aires on 12 August.
Mounted on an AB206B1 helicopter, the system incorporated all components and equipment required for real-time transmission of data. Fix view staff demonstrated the complete range of capabilities and anticipate an acquisition by the Army to increase the service’s ISR functionality.
In addition to automatic video tracking (AVT), the camera has its own attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), enabling its geolocation capability: camera slewing and cueing also enables geotracking for weapons guidance. The turret provides target detection and identification of objects in daylight at distances of over 20km – or over 8km in IR mode – ranging in size and complexity from a life raft at sea to illegal activities under cover of woods and foliage. The turret can be linked directly to the weapon systems and the camera aligned with the weapon sight for additional accuracy and functionality.
The demonstration included showcasing a video/data transmission system from SVP Downlink – a Spanish company represented regionally by Fixview – which has a transmission range of 80km using the portable ground station or over 150km using a fixed installation. Designed for ISTAR, border control, SAR, law enforcement, firefighting, disaster management and a host of other operations, the gyro-stabilised FV300 defines new standards in compact, high-performance, ITAR-free aerial systems.
Florencia Lucero Heguy and Santiago Rivas reporting from Buenos Aires for MON