LEO Airborne Observation Systems: A Decade of Service

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Press Release

Carl Zeiss Optronics is proud to celebrate 10 years of trusted service of LEO Airborne Observation Systems to law enforcement and other agencies. While the highly reliable LEO-II remains in service with police air support units around the world, the next generation LEO-III-HD continues the proud tradition.

The LEO-III-HD represents a step-change in law enforcement and homeland security observation capability and can simultaneously be equipped with up to nine high performance sensors. These sensors are designed and manufactured by Carl Zeiss Optronics and feature exclusively Zeiss optics.

Of particular interest is the system’s ability to read vehicle registration plates in complete darkness at altitudes up to 1500 feet, while the system’s on-board, real-time data processing capabilities provide unprecedented image enhancement options including image fusion. Both the daylight TV zoom and spotter cameras feature 4 focal plane arrays that offer the unique capability to view points of interest from the visible colour range up to the Near Infrared range. The modular design of the sensor pack offer customers optimum flexibility in choosing a system configuration ideally suited to their operational conditions and budgets.

Carl Zeiss Optronics

Based in Irene, South Africa, Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd is a member of the Carl Zeiss Group, with a 30% shareholding by Denel. Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of advanced optronic, optical and precision engineered products for military and civilian applications. These include border surveillance, reconnaissance on land, water and from the air, as well as compact, handheld target locating devices.

A total of 300 employees work at the Irene subsidiary Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd. Carl Zeiss Optronics serves customers around the world via an extensive network of agencies and sales partners in more than 30 countries.

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