Electro-optics- Ltd. from Israel and Bharat Electronics Ltd ( ) of will jointly develop a navalized, stabilised, multi-sensor electro-optical observation system based on ElOp’s ‘Compact Multi Purpose Advance Stabilisation System’ ( ). Sofar has been used primarily for airborne applications in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), aircraft and helicopters. The CoMPASS has been selected for the new n attack helicopter ‘Rudra’, where CoMPASS provides the primary sensor for the crea and weapon system. CoMPASS has also been nominated for 56 Naval Utility Helicopters to be procured for the n Navy. The companies signed the MoU on Feb 7, 2013 at the Aero India 2013 airshow.
The CoMPASS is a day-and-night surveillance system that includes a colour TV daylight camera, 3rd Generation 3-5 µm FLIR sensor, Laser Target Designator and Rangefinder (LTDRF) and automatic tracking capabilities, as well as command and control capabilities.
CoMPASS is designed with interfaces, enabling integration with various aircraft/helicopter systems, such as Mission Computer, fire control, radar, GPS, data downlink and helmet-mounted tracking systems. Its small dimensions, low weight, high level of stabilisation and coverage angles make it an optimal choice for long-range, day-and-night surveillance, target tracking, fire control applications and search and rescue. The system includes major components such as Stabilised Turret Assembly, Grip Interface Box and Left & Right Grips.
The MoU was signed by Mr H N Ramakrishna, Director (Marketing),, and Mr Adi Dar, Executive VP, Managing Director of Electro-optics- Ltd., Israel. Mr Amol Newaskar, Director (Other Units), BEL, Mr Roy Zentner, Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, Elbit Systems Electro-optics- , and Mr Neri Zin, Senior Director, ISTAR Business Unit, Airborne & Laser Systems, Elbit Systems Electro-optics-Elop, were present along with other General Managers of BEL.