Vulcanair Aircraft has selected UTC Aerospace Systems’ TASE500 imaging systems for installation on Chilean Navy’s twin-engine P68 Observer 2 maritime observation and patrol aircraft.
The TASE500 all-HD imaging systems will support the navy’s maritime search and rescue (SAR) programmes.
Vulcanair Aircraft CEO Remo De Feo said: "The addition of the Cloud Cap Technology TASE500 Imaging System to the P68 Observer 2 will allow us to provide a turnkey, high-performance, cost-efficient solution to the search-and-rescue market.
"The all HD imaging system of the TASE500 was a critical requirement in providing the Chilean Navy with superior night-time imaging, as well as long-range daylight surveillance."
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The TASE500 payload will provide the operators with enhanced situational awareness, an all-digital imaging chain for maximised processing capability, and an optimised lens design for improved object recognition.
UTC Aerospace Systems Force Protection vice-president John Trezza said: "The TASE500’s optimised lens design will enable search-and-rescue operators to more easily identify objects at sea and along the coastline."
Equipped with a continuous zoom functionality, all TASE cameras provide optimal field of view across all zoom levels.
The Chilean navy is responsible to provide security for the country’s more than 4,300km of Pacific coastline, as well as the coastline of the Chilean Antarctic Territory.
It operates the P68 Observer 2 aircraft to aid in the detection of distressed vessels and to provide assistance throughout the broad Chilean maritime region.