There are three fundamental areas of the mission payload solution, that being the sensor system, the geo referenced mapping system and your air/ground communications system:
Air Bear continually evaluates current technology and can make recommendations which match your needs and just as importantly, budget. If something isn’t going to work out well for you, we’ll tell you up front. If something may be a bit outside of your budget constraints, then we may suggest municipal financing (which we can arrange) or a contract surveillance arrangement.
Our experience is that the L3 MX-10 (low altitude) and MX-15 (medium altitude) or the FLIR offerings of the 380HD and the recently released 380HDc (with its smaller form factor) are excellent choices for fixed wing surveillance activities. Dependent upon altitude anticipated and slant range distance required, one of these excellent choices will deliver the appropriate information to allow your airborne units to be at their highest level of effectiveness.
There are a host of other OEM’s developing sensor technology. As they become available, we will be keeping abreast of their capabilities and performance and will be recommending those that meet and exceed the standards necessary to support your mission requirements.
Air Bear is continually evaluating available products in this realm as well and at this time recommends the Churchill Navigation or AeroComputers solutions.
Real time augmented reality display
Disaster response: Landslide mapping
Directing ground units utilizing augmented reality
(Images courtesy of Churchill Navigation)
Real time digital mapping
C-208 Caravan installation
(Images Courtesy of AeroComputers)
Another important part of your communications equipment will be your downlink system. Bringing imagery obtained by your ISR platform into the patrol car and distributed amongst other ground units provides the epitome of situational awareness. Since there are a variety of downlink systems available which vary both in price and capability, it is best suited to determine your requirements and select a system which meets your needs today and allows you to grow into new capabilities as your air unit expands.