Israeli CONTROP wins India DRDO tender for drone payload

Photo: Israeli CONTROP’s payload for unmanned air systems to be used by India’s DRDO.

New Delhi: Israeli CONTROP Precision Technologies Limited, a company specialising in electro-optics and infrared (EO/IR) for defence and homeland security solutions, has won a tender from India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the supply of its iSky-50HD systems, for use on unmanned air platforms.

The iSky-50HD is a member of CONTROP’s iSky family of lightweight, compact EO/IR observation systems, which have been specifically designed for use in challenging airborne environments, the company said in a statement today, ahead of the DefExpo-2020 to be held at Lucknow from Feb. 5 to 8.

The iSky-50HD features highly-sensitive multi-spectral sensors, which are gyro-stabilised and have advanced image processing algorithms,thereby providing maximum sensor ranges and performance, for a variety of airborne defence applications.

In daily operation around the world since the 1990s, the iSky systems are integrated into a wide variety of UAV, helicopter, fixed-wing aircraft and aerostat platforms.

“Winning this tender confirms CONTROP’s leadership in the field of electro-optic systems,” CONTROP’s Chief Executive Officer and President Hagay Azani said.

“We are very proud to have been awarded this strategic tender, which reflects our deep commitment to supporting the Indian armed forces with the latest technology.”

Azani said the DRDO tested several systems and concluded that CONTROP’s technology and pricing was best suited to meet India’s defence requirements. “We thank the DRDO for the confidence, which they have shown in our products and technologies, and hope that this collaboration will lead to further projects in the future.”

NOTE: CONTROP specialises in the development and production of electro-optical and precision motion-control systems for surveillance, defence and homeland security. CONTROP’s main product lines include high-performance stabilised observation payloads used for day/night surveillance onboard UAS, small UAS and aerostats/balloons, helicopters, light aircraft (A/C), maritime patrol boats, remote weapon stations and ground vehicles; automatic intruder-detection systems for coastal and border surveillance, port/harbour security, the security of sensitive sites, ground-troop security and anti-drone applications; thermal imaging cameras with high-performance continuous zoom lens and state-of-the-art image enhancement.

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