Carl Zeiss Optronics has won a R3 million contract to provide on demand support for the Argos-410 A4 observation system aboard the South African Air Force AgustaWestland A109 light utility helicopter.
The ARGOS-410 A4 is similar to the Argos 410-Z fitted as part of Project Koiler to the Cessna C208 Caravan light transport in terms of a contract announced in March 2007. The Argos 410 enhances and expands the ability of both platforms to perform long range search and rescue, surveillance, reconnaissance, and other observation missions.
The contracted Argos 410-Z sensor configuration includes the latest generation Carl Zeiss Optronics mid-wave ATTICA thermal imager (FLIR), a 3-CCD daylight TV Camera with powerful Zoom Lens, eye-safe Laser Range Finder, Autotracker, and Mission Awareness Positioning System (MAPS). The MAPS function provides the system operator with GPS coordinates of objects of interest which is achieved by a high accuracy integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
The Argos 410-Z is built to military specifications and offers outstanding day and night image quality. At the heart of the system is Carl Zeiss Optronics ATTICA 640×512 thermal imager, known for generating clear, focused images. With its four fields of view and advanced image processing features, including edge enhancement, local adaptive dynamic compression and electronic zoom, it offers exceptional detection, recognition and identification ranges. The high resolution, colour 3 CCD continuous zoom camera is supported by a powerful zoom lens.
Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd is 70% held by Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbHand 30% by state arsenal Denel.
From the Armscor Bulletin System:
On demand support for the SAAF Aircraft 109 light utility helicopter ARGOS-410 A4 observation system
ELGS/2010/28 27 Jan 2011 R3 000 000,00 Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd
Supply support equipment for aircraft 109 Argos observation system
EFLA/2009/122 10 Dec 2009 R1 053 871,90 Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd
Trolley for Argos 410 observation system installation on the 109 light utility helicopter
EFLA/2008/108 2 Oct 2008 R536 700,00 Carl Zeiss Optronics (Pty) Ltd