Sunday, June 1, 2014

DRDO Seeks Advanced Electro Optical Payload for Akashdeep Aerostat

DRDO's Akashdeep Aerostat

DRDO recently released a RFI for procuring two Long Range Electro Optic Paylod (LREO) systems for mounting on its Akashdeep Aerostat, a medium size, helium filled Aerostat capable of carrying electro-optic and COMINT payloads for surveillance. ELINT and RADAR payloads are also being indigenously developed for the system.

The LREO system will have two segments - airborne and ground.

Airborne segment will comprise of a Gyro-stabilized Gimbal Payload Assembly (GPA) integrating the following sensors.

(a) High resolution daylight Color CCD camera
(b) MWIR/LWIR Thermal Imager
(c) Laser Range Finder
(d) Narrow field of view Spotter
(e) GPS
(f) INS
(g) Stabilized turret Electronics

LREO’s airborne segment System will generate standard PAL video and digital video (HD) that would be transmitted over a fiber optic link to the ground segment placed at Ground Control Station for processing, and image exploitation.

IDP Sentnel members can read more about Akashdeep Aerostat and its LREO payload at the link below

Akashdeep Aerostat System - IDP Sentinel