Pretoria, South Africa, 19 January 2021 – HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract to deliver two ARGOS II electro-optical systems (EOS) as the first-tier supplier and prime contractor to the police helicopter squadron of Thuringia. “We are offering a turnkey solution here and are assuming responsibility for the entire project until the return delivery of the helicopters with integrated and approved ARGOS II systems in November 2021,” said Martin Kress, Head of Airborne Sensors & Missile Warning Systems at HENSOLDT Optronics.
Developed by HENSOLDT’s South African and German teams, the ARGOS II airborne electro-optical system is one of the most advanced EO/IR systems available in the global marketplace today. The system is designed for installation on helicopters, fixed- wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for surveillance missions. The stabilised system is composed of a number of sensors and electronics in a single interchangeable unit. These include a high-definition mid-wave infrared (MWIR) thermal imaging camera with continuous zoom and a unique HD multispectral TV zoom camera. A short-wave infrared (SWIR) spotter camera provides additional multispectral capabilities, especially under harsh conditions with low visibility. The near-infrared (NIR) laser pointer improves the system’s operational efficiency. The ARGOS-II system can also be equipped with a dual-wavelength, high-power, low-divergence laser designator/distance detector (LDR). The LDR has selectable target designation and eye-safe range finding modes and also includes a training mode.
HENSOLDT Optronics has contracted INTERCOPTER GmbH in Taufkirchen for the integration and together with its subsidiary, Advanced Aerospace Developments GmbH, Intercopter is carrying out the development of the supplementary type certificate (STC), the production of the integration kit, the helicopter integration, the flight tests and the certification of the ARGOS II on the two EC145 (BK117-C2) helicopters of the Thuringian State Police. In addition to the Thuringia State Police, the German Federal Police has also recently started using the ARGOS II from HENSOLDT in its helicopters. HENSOLDT’s Airborne Service Center in Oberkochen takes care of the long-term and sustainable maintenance of the ARGOS for its customers in Germany.