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The ARGOS-II Airborne Observation System is designed for installation on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles to provide observation and targeting capabilities for military, border and maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.
The ARGOS-II is centered around a fully integrated, 16-inch class Stabilised Turret Assembly, providing best-in-class stabilisation.
The Sensor Payload comprises a “Megapixel” HD Thermal Imager (MWIR) and a Multi-Spectral HDTV Camera, both featuring continuous optical and electronic zoom capability. An optional Multi-Spectral HDTV-Spotter Camera enables longer range target identification.
An internal Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and GPS enable accurate GEO-location of ground targets and steering or tracking of the system’s line of sight to pre-defined GPS locations, providing commanders with real-time intelligence in areas of operational interest while the integral Autotracker function provides tracking of moving or static targets in the line of sight.
Advanced image processing functions, including picture-in-picture display, edge enhancement, haze penetration, pseudo colours and day/thermal image fusion provide optimized image performance for varying operational conditions.
The ARGOS-II HD is for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and is fitted with an Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder whereas the ARGOS-II HDT is for Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions and fitted with a dual wavelength Laser Designator Rangefinder with selected target designation and eyesafe training mode. Additionally, a Near Infrared Laser Pointer and Laser Illuminator are offered as options to enhance the operational effectiveness of the system.
Main Features & Benefits
ISR and ISTAR applications
Megapixel Thermal imager/ Multi-spectral HDTV camera
HENSOLDT is a globally leading supplier of premium sensors for security and surveillance missions. Capitalising on more than a hundred years of experience in high-performance technology, we are the world market leader for missile warning systems and submarine periscopes. Moreover, HENSOLDT is well represented in the market for radar systems, optronics and electronic protection systems.
The company was formed from Airbus’ defence electronics activities, which were spun off from the Airbus Group in 2017 and have now entered the market together with the former Airbus DS Optronics as a new sensor house under the brand name of HENSOLDT.
Our company’s name HENSOLDT traces back to Moritz Carl Hensoldt, a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics in the 19th century, whose name stands for premium solutions, combining excellence, innovation and efficiency. We represent a more than 100-year-old German tradition in technology by continuing the work done by such renowned predecessors as Telefunken, Dornier, Siemens Sicherungstechnik and Carl Zeiss Optronics.
HENSOLDT employs approximately 4,000 employees, generating annual revenues of about €1 billion.
As a sensor house, HENSOLDT combines under one roof various mission-critical sensor technologies, which ensure a substantial improvement in detection capabilities when used in combination. HENSOLDT dominates all the key technological fields earmarked by the German government and focuses in particular on the central categories: sensors and protection. We are forging ahead with the development of these key technologies and, by doing so, contribute to the protection of soldiers, security staff and critical infrastructure. As a technology leader, we drive innovation, particularly in the areas of next-generation optronics, active electronically scanning (AESA) radar, smart jamming and passive radar. Our multi-sensor integration and data fusion capabilities provide customers with added value through the smart combination of different sensors and effectors.
Our areas of activity include the protection of critical infrastructures, air defence, airborne self-protection, vehicle and convoy protection, signal intelligence and data links, as well as night vision, thermal imaging, laser rangefinding and optronic targeting. Furthermore, our portfolio comprises mission avionics equipment, such as computers, mission planning devices and situational awareness systems for helicopters. With its wide-ranging product portfolio HENSOLDT addresses customers in the defence and security domains, covering the whole spectrum for air, sea and land missions. Our solutions are deployed on various platforms, including helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, ships and submarines, armoured vehicles as well as satellites.
Among the most prominent air and space platforms equipped with our products are the F-16, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft, the Tandem-X and EDRS-A satellites, the A400M transport aircraft, as well as helicopters of various types. Furthermore, we provide mission-critical equipment to the PUMA and LEOPARD armoured vehicles, the class 212 and 209 submarines, the US Navy “Freedom” class Littoral Combat Ship and the German Navy F125 frigate. Our sights and night vision optics have also been chosen for the German Future Soldier Programme “Infanterist der Zukunft”.