IAI Unveils Hovering Aerial and Ground Observation Vehicles at LAAD 2011

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Yitzhak Nissan, President and CEO of IAI
Yitzhak Nissan, President and CEO of IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries is unveiling an all-terrain, ground observation vehicle designed for paramilitary, border security and countering drug trafficking and smuggling. Other highlights at IAI are unmanned systems such as the Medium Altitude Long Endurance Heron TP, which could augment the Heron already operated by the Brazilian internal security police forces.

Other highlights on IAI’s agenda are Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) prospects. Brazil is already operating the Swedish EriEye radar and Brazil’s leading aircraft manufacturer Embraer has embarked on a joint program with India’s DRDO, modifying its ERJ-145 platform into AEW missions. In this retrospect, IAI has indicated that its product portfolio displayed here will include AEW&C systems, developed by its subsidiary Elta Systems. These systems, says IAI are ‘applicable for various aircraft’, hinting at opportunities in Brazil and beyond Brazil. Other highlights at IAI will include ‘electro-optical sensors, radars designed for operation in extreme conditions and precision guided weapon systems.’

IAI Elta reported today the award of contracts by Latin American countries, for the delivery of multi-mission radars for air forces, navies and federal police forces. Systems to be delivered include fire control radars to be integrated in fighter aircraft undergoing upgrades; naval search radars for maritime surveillance aircraft and lightweight, compact maritime search radars optimised for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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Emphasizing comprehensive technological solutions for homeland security and civil defense, IAI will unveil unique observation systems, such as the Hovering Aerial Vehicle (HAV) providing persistence surveillance in urban areas; IAI is also displaying a border security and control system, designed for the protection of land and maritime areas. Also on display is a new information system, supporting the management of first responders in emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes or floods.

“IAI is offering Brazil and its customers in Latin America a wide range of products, backed by extensive technological knowhow and unique operational experience, all integrated and supporting the concept of: ‘know – decide – act’” said Yitzhak Nissan, the President and CEO of IAI.

“We are already operating in Brazil, getting to know Brazil’s unique needs and operational requirements, and we are ready to provide the solutions Brazil needs. We plan to expand our activities in Brazil through cooperation with local companies. ” Nissan said.

At the LAAD exhibition IAI will unveil the new Stark IRV (IRV (Inteligência, Reconhecimento e Vigilância), a reconnaissance vehicle developed by IAI’s subsidiary Elta Systems. The Stark IRV is based on a Brazilian platform produced by TAC Motors, designed for intelligence collection and observation. This 4×4 tactical vehicle was designed for high mobility over rough terrain.

Its mission payload, provided by Elta, includes a target acquisition system which operates in day, night and adverse weather conditions. The Stark IRV sensor suite includes an advanced ground surveillance radar, a powerful day and night electro-optical system and a line-of-sight (LOS) or satellite communication (SATCOM) system. Operated by the vehicle’s crew, the ISR  system detects, classifies, identifies and tracks targets in the area of interest under all weather conditions. Real-time reports are communicated directly to law enforcement forces deployed in the area.

The vehicle is equipped with a common control console, supporting all sensors, combined with an integrated command and control system, creating a dynamic situational picture that can be shared with operational forces or higher command levels via on-board communications, supporting decision making.

The Stark IRV enables the crew to maintain continuous tracking of multiple targets, providing rapid, flexible and effective capabilities for changing intelligence requirements. The vehicle is designed to support law enforcement, para-military and border security forces engaged with security, combating drug trafficking and smuggling, monitoring mining areas etc.

Stay tuned for the Stark IRV to be published next week.