MOSP – Multi-purpose Optical Stabilized Payload

Heron UAS are currently operated by several air forces in Asia Pacific, including Australia, India, Indonesia and Singapore and

Multi-purpose Optical Stabilized Payload MOSP was one of the first integrated multi-sensor payloads developed specifically for UAV applications. Unlike the specialized payloads of its time, MOSP was designed as a common system, with all sensors, optics and associated electronics packed on a stabilized platform in a compact 14″ ball, which could be fitted on many UAVs. Over 500 units are currently operational with various UAVs including¬†Hunter, Searcher, Heron, Ranger, FireScout,¬†Hermes 450.

MOSP was developed at IAI/TAMAM in response to Israel Defense Force (IDF) requirements. Further modifications of MOSP and adaptation to US requirements were pursued under US/Israeli collaborative program, in support of Pioneer and the Hunter programs. Additional development of the system was carried out under IIA/Northrop Grumman cooperation, under the brand “Raven Eye“.

MOSP is provided with a choice of sensors, including 2nd or 3rd Generation FLIR, color CCD with high power telephoto zoom lens, laser rangefinder/designator etc. The payload can be fitted with dual-channel video link which enable simultaneous transmission of both FLIR and CCD images via datalink. Other software features include automatic target tracker, which can pick up a targets sized 3 pixels or more, even at low contrast level of 8%. The payload can be slaved to the UAV navigation system, flight control computer or to external sensors, such as SIGINT or SAR.