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
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".
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.