POP is a compact, modular, lightweight EO payload
system designed for a variety of surveillance and observation
roles. The payload is gyro-stabilized in two axis, (pitch over
yaw) and has a sensor bay that can be configured for specific
mission with specially designed sensors "slices". Such slices
include high resolution FLIR and high magnification color CCD,
laser rangefinder, target marker etc. The system has automatic or
manual Iris control, gain control, and focus. It offers enhanced
image processing, including correlative automatic target tracking
capturing target from 3x3 pixels at 8% contrast.
the US Army awarded AAI Corp. US$ 13.5 million contract for the
supply of a first lot of IAI/Tamam POP-300 EO/IR payloads, to
replace currently used POP-200. A
follow-on order expected in early 2007 will bring the total value
of this procurement is expected to be $27 million.