Lightweight Solution for New-Generation UAS
Controp Precision Technologies, specialists in electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) solutions for defence and security applications, will take the opportunity of DSEI in London 10-13 September to launch two new members of its STAMP product family: STAMP-VMD and T-STAMP-XD.
Highlighting both new generation products on its DSEI booth (S5-220), Controp introduces a ‘complete ISTAR’ concept, covering wide areas and closing the sensor-to-shooter loop.
Weighing only 1.3kg and operating at the tactical level on Group 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and lower, STAMP-VMD is a lightweight, ruggedised gyro-stabilised miniature payload, powered by a quiet hybrid or electric engine and designed for covert flight beneath the cloud ceiling at 1,500-3,000ft: providing advanced video motion detection capabilities of areas as large as 1km2, the system’s optics can be customised to support larger areas or higher altitudes.
Uniquely for a product of this kind, the full system payload includes an embedded processing unit that compresses and edits data before transmission to the end user, overcoming the challenges of constrained bandwidth availability. Data shown on the screen is split into three sections: a map showing the target area’s location; persistent surveillance of the target area itself; and ‘zoomable’ snapshots of any area-of-interest detected, to enable pinpointing of the exact area to be monitored. The system can send precise coordinates to control, or to another UAS with a control payload, such as the T-STAMP-XD, to cue precision-guided munitions to a direct hit – even on a moving target – thereby improving mission effectiveness.
“We constantly strive to develop and refine our cutting-edge solutions, giving them increasingly advanced capabilities to meet the changing demands of modern warfare […] The STAMP-VMD is the latest solution in this range of well-known legacy products. Its ‘server-in-the-sky’ technology is a revolutionary feature that increases the product’s versatility for the ultimate tactical drone solution on the market today,” commented the company’s Vice President Marketing, Ra’anan Shelach.
Also being launched at DSEI 2019, T-STAMP-XD is a surveillance and targeting system that accurately guides munitions using advanced laser technology, enabling a direct hit and reducing collateral damage. Along with the new laser designator feature, the T-STAMP-XD offers the same exceptional EO performance and thermal and day sensors as its predecessor, the T-STAMP-XR, including a critical automatic video tracker function that enables operators to keep track on the target, even in the event of a communications loss.
“The T-STAMP-XD is a real game changer in terms of optics performance versus weight […] While [it] can be used in a stand-alone capacity, when combined with other products, such as the STAMP-VMD, it offers a comprehensive, integrated solution for laser-guided munitions, facilitating better decision-making, more efficient battle management and accurate assessment of mission success. This is a groundbreaking concept that we are proud to bring to the market,” Shelach added.