CONTROP is proud to announce that, for the first time ever at an exhibition, the company will be displaying an operating state-of-the-art SPEED-A EO / IR camera payload at the upcoming Paris Air Show 2013.

The SPEED-A is a unique camera payload specifically developed for surveillance on aerostats and balloons.

CONTROP’s SPEED-A payload has recently been ordered by yet an additional customer, this time in Europe, for surveillance applications on aerostats and balloons. The SPEED-A is also being used by the Canadian Army domestically and overseas onboard Aeronautics’ Skystar 300 surveillance aerostat. The SPEED-A is field proven and also used in Israel and multiple other locations with extraordinary results for base and force protection – as well as border protection – and is providing unsurpassed surveillance performance. This extensive and proven operational experience with the SPEED-A provides optimal security of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in order to ensure secured support of tactical operations.

CONTROP believes that the SPEED-A aerostat payload system can also be well used to provide unique and proven solutions for many other countries as well – for border protection, site security and force protection, mainly due to its versatility for a variety of surface terrains and missions.

The SPEED-A is a unique EO / IR payload with unmatched capabilities which were specifically developed for use on tactical aerostats (balloons) due to its being a state-of-the-art gimbal system – with three gyro stabilized axes. In addition to the pitch and yaw traditional axes, the SPEED-A is also stabilized in the roll axis (which compensates for the unique roll movement of balloons).

The powerful Continuous Optical Zoom Lens in the Thermal Camera ensures continual viewing of the target during zoom-in and zoom-out, as well as Image Enhancement features for low visibility conditions. The SPEED-A is also available with an optional Laser Range Finder (LRF). Weighing only 23kg, the breakthrough SPEED-A camera payload is ideal for static balloons, providing long range performance capabilities and superior surveillance images.