Latrun 2010 Exhibition – Day II Photo Report


Our second daily coverage of the Latrun event focus on electro-optical devices shown here. Among many familiar systems, Defense Update has picked several new systems and developers, that have made their first steps in bringing their innovative EO systems to the market. Some are brand new, demonstrated as prototypes and proof of concept demonstrators while others are already fielded and operational, primarily with special operations units.

The MPRS system developed by the IMI comprises a sight for day and night engagement, multi-switch control module mounted on the rifle and the ammunition - an airburst (AB) and time-delay (TD) grenade, self-destruct 40mm grenades. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-update


IMI's Time Delay and Airburst 40mm rounds are designed for the MPRS, offering the required lethality.


IMI displayed the integrated weapon station and active protection system, actual technology demonstrator employing elements from the Iron Fist, high performance pedestal, moving both the weapon station and the APS. The installation also includes the Sentinel radar from Rada, and the 'soft-kill'


Girit (Badger) is a sensor optimized to detect and locate the position of hostile gunshots in open or urban area. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update


Elbit Systems is offering its small, combat sight for riflemen and sharpshooters. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update


The Ground Forces Command is expecting to field the Lotus long range observation system. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-update


Rattler is a miniature laser designator developed by Elbit Systems El-Op. It can be embedded into small multi-sensor payloads or used independently by forward units. Designed for applications where small form factor is of critical importance, Rattler can designate targets for all types of laser guided munitions and will excel in applications where laser guided munitions are fired in close proximity to friendly forces. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update.


IDF Ground Forces Command displayed at Latron the new Coral target acquisition system, matched with Azimuth pedestal offering high precision targeting employing Azimuth's north finding apparatus. In areas where strong magnetic fields or significant magnetic deviation occurs, the north finding apparatus provides significantly better targeting accuracy. Photo: Noam Eshel, defense-Update


Ethan, hand-held thermal camera designed for medium range surveillance; HHTI generates high quality images on the darkest nights, even through smoke or fog. The HHTI can be used for long range observation with “snap-on” lenses which allow increasing optical magnification 6X. The exceptional zoom capabilities and a use of bi-ocular makes the HHTI a superb tool for surveillance. The soldier can operate the HHTI while standing in a hand held position or by using a tripod to support it when lying on the ground. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense Update


The Hornet mobile mortar we covered today is empowered by highly advanced target acquisition and fire control systems, enabling the small unit to rapidly fire standard mortar bombs or precision guided variants, and run away to a new, safer location. The target acquisition system employs pattented concept developed by Asio Technologies, enabling the vehicle to prepare for firing without accurate land survey. Typical accuracy provided by the Pointer is north position determination of 1 meter or 3-5 meters via GPS channels. Photos: Noam Eshel - Defense-Update