COMPASS for Compact Multi-Purpose Advanced Stabilized System developed and produced by ElOp Electro Optics Industries, provides the “eyes” of surface ships, patrol boats, and maritime surveillance aircraft and helicopters. COMPASS is a follow-on to El-Op’s Multi-sensor Stabilized Integrated System (MSIS) with advanced optronics equipment, integrated into a tightly sealed container, installed on the mast.
Compass has enough space to accommodate several systems, including a choice of three thermal imagers, including 1st or 2nd generation FLIRS operating in the 8-12 micron range, or a 3rd generation matrix FLIR, operating in the 3-5 micron range. FLIRs are an essential component for target detection and interrogation at long range, and an indispensable component for night operations. For daylight use, CCD/TV BW/Color camera for daylight use, both sensors are equipped with powerful zoom capability for observation at long distances. The use of a stabilized platform contributes to a sharp picture and accurate line-of-sight positioning even at rough sea conditions. T
he system is equipped with an improved tracker, capable of tracking surface targets, helicopters as well as ground targets. COMPASS can also accommodate an eye-safe laser rangefinder or target designator. All systems are feeding image and target data to a remote operating console, for stand-alone operation, or link via standard communications links to the combat information system, where target data can be feed fire control systems, and be integrated with other weapon systems.