Israel to Provide Electro-Optics for Philippine Patrol Vessels
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract to manufacture and deliver a maritime applications electro-optics system, the MiniPOP, to the Philippine Navy.
Developed by the company’s Systems Missiles and Space Group, the MiniPOP is a “lightweight and compact” multi-sensor observation system designed for various naval assets.
It can operate day or night and is resistant to vibration, shock, and extreme temperatures.
According to IAI, the system will be integrated into Philippine maritime patrol vessels.
“We are proud of IAI’s growing partnership with the Philippine Navy and the opportunity to provide our operational, combat-proven systems to the Philippines,” IAI Chief Executive Officer Boaz Levy said, adding that the deal signifies growing trust in IAI’s advanced technologies.
The company has yet to announce the total value of the contract or estimated delivery date.
The MiniPOP reportedly provides real-time imaging and automatic video tracking necessary for patrolling maritime territories.
The payload also offers precise target geo-location, allowing operators to use the technology as a stand-alone observation system on small- and medium-sized vessels.
The system also features open architecture for easy integration of other hardware such as a laser pointer, a laser range finder, and an automatic tracker.