Israel’s EO Technologies Bolster Indian Homeland Security

A number of Israeli companies are displaying advanced technologies developed for military and security applications, that are made available for export to India. This report covers a long range observation system from Controp, a multi-sensor observation system from RP Opticals, FiberPatrol-PR fence and pipeline alert system from Magal and the new Cardinal SWIR IR detector from SCD.

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Modular Long-Range EO/IR Day/Night Observation System from Controp. Photo: Controp

A number of Israeli companies are displaying advanced technologies developed for military and security applications, that are made available for export to India.

Long Range Observation Systems:
Controp announced the sale of its Long Range Observation Systems (LOROS) equipment to an Indian customer, to be used as part of a security solution for critical sites in India. “We are confident that this purchase will encourage the additional procurement of such systems for use in important defense and HLS applications in India” said Johnny Carni, Controp’s VP Marketing.

The system, known as ‘MEOS’ (for ‘Modular Long-Range EO/IR Day/Night Observation System’) was procured by a large Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) for Indian Homeland Security (HLS) applications. The system provides wide area, passive, real time 24/7 EO/IR observation, with panoramic scanning and automatic target detection capabilities. The system combines a medium or long-range thermal imaging camera with continuous zoom lens and a medium range or a long-range day camera as well as an optional Laser Range Finder (LRF).

RP Optical multi-sensor observation system. Photo: RP Opticals
RP Optical multi-sensor observation system. Photo: RP Opticals

Multi-Sensor Observation System
Another EO solution is offered to India by Israel’s RP Optical Labs, displaying at Defexpo multi-sensor observation systems based on thermal imagers. Such systems are used for border and coastal surveillance. Each system consists of an Long-Wave InfraRed (LWIR) or Medium-Wave IR (MWIR), cooled thermal imagers – providing multiple zoom lens options, also included are day camera fitted a variety of sensor and lens types selected by the customer, and an accurate eye-safe laser range finder (LRF) unit, all mounted on a Pan/Tilt unit with various performance/ stabilization levels.

Magal’s FiberPatrol-PR sensor installed on a fence. Image: Magal
Magal’s FiberPatrol-PR sensor installed on a fence. Image: Magal

Fiber-Optic Linear Sensors:
Magal Security Systems is featuring here the latest fiber-optic sensors variants of Magal’s FiberPatrol-PR family. These sensors are protecting fence, pipelines, and datalines. The solution protects linear infrastructures of pipes over long distances, from a single control point. With the sensor cable buried alongside the protected asset (pipes) a FiberPatrol-PR installation can protect over 70 kilometers against Third Party Interference (TPI) for buried pipelines. When used in perimeter applications, the coverage is 16 kilometers. The system detects the breaking point within an accuracy of 10 meters.

“The issue of Third Party Interference is significant, especially in large countries like India, which has thousands of kilometers of pipes, usually unmonitored.” Explains Hagai katz, Magal’s SVP Marketing and Business Development, “This situation causes millions of dollars in losses every year. Our solution addresses this issue, providing early warning regarding the precise location of events, helping responders to prevent costly damage. The solution is successfully installed in a number of locations around the world and is highly valued.”

The solution delivers a high probability of detection and a low Nuisance Alarm Rate (NAR). It accurately locates intrusions – including multiple simultaneous intrusions – and operates even in the presence of non-localized environmental noise that would overwhelm the location capability of other long-range fiber-optic sensors. Providing software-configurable detection zones, FiberPatrol-PR is invisible and undetectable as a buried sensor in pipeline applications.

IR Sensor Cores:
Semiconductor Devices (SCD) that develops the cores of thermal imagers and EO sensors is paving ways to make it in India. The company is introducing three new products at Defexpo: Cardinal 640 SWIR sensor, Pelican-D LW/MW FLIR and Uncooled, Vox micro-sensor. These systems are providing the cores for thermal optronics for armored fighting vehicles, unmanned aerial systems, observation systems, and fire controls. “India is one of the most important markets for us.” Baruch Glick, SCD’s CEO said. “We are working to bring our manufacturing, support, and maintenance capabilities to India, in collaboration with local companies and the Indian establishment.”

Cardinal SWIR sensor from SCD. Photo: SCD
Cardinal SWIR sensor from SCD. Photo: SCD

Cardinal 640 is a SWIR (Short Wave Infra-Red) detector for long-range surveillance and observation systems, enabling visibility for dozens of kilometers in even the most difficult atmospheric conditions – including humidity, rain, dust, fog and smoke. Additional applications include an image intensifier replacement (for goggles, weapon sights, etc.) and enhanced night vision for driving sights. The Cardinal detector is fully operational and provides a unique, superbly clear picture. Cardinal includes a special function capability of Asynchronous Laser Pulse Detection (ALPD), which enables a “see spot” capability at a pixel level and in complex scenarios.