Chess Dynamics has been chosen by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) to supply a Category 1 Target Location Error (TLE) vehicle-mounted surveillance system for the Observation Targeting and Surveillance Systems (OTAS) project. This project involves a mast-mounted observation and surveillance system deployed from Norwegian CV90 reconnaissance vehicles, delivering precise battlefield data to end users, including timely and accurate targeting information, persistent surveillance, wide area situational awareness, and radar detection and tracking.
Chess has developed the Hawkeye Modular Mission Pod (MMP) to meet these requirements, comprising a thermal imaging camera, a high-powered daylight camera, a laser range finder (LRF) with a 30km+ range, and a laser pointer. Utilizing Chess’ advanced geo data algorithms, the system achieves a Category 1 TLE rating, signifying the highest level of accuracy, enabling it to observe, target, and comprehend the battlespace at ranges exceeding 20km.
The system is integrated into a Battlefield Information System (BIS) or, when a BIS is unavailable, into a local Combat Management System (CMS) created by Chess. Enhanced by Chess’ state-of-the-art AI target classification and tracking tools, the system provides unparalleled situational awareness.
Rupert Grinling, Land Sales Manager at Chess, emphasized the increasing importance of persistent surveillance in complex battlefields and noted that the Hawkeye MMP offers top-tier surveillance and targeting accuracy while being adaptable for vehicle-based operations.
The MMP is designed to endure harsh climates and challenging terrain, having undergone electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) verification and environmental testing for a temperature range of -30 to +40 degrees Celsius. It can also be mounted on Chess Modular Integrated Pod System (MIPS) for use with various vehicles, featuring both mounted and fast dismount capabilities for remote operation.
The Hawkeye MMP is part of a modular product family that can operate independently or as an integrated system, including a ‘target designation pod’ and a jammer pod providing counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capabilities. (Press Release)
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