L-3 WESCAM announced today the product launch of its MX™-10D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging and designating turret. The MX-10D will operate as a medium- to low-altitude tactical surveillance and target designating system for both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, as well as tactical UAVs. The system will be on display at the Farnborough International Airshow in the L-3 Pavilion, OE-14, July 9–13, 2012.
“The MX-10D is ideal for mission profiles that require designation capability, where size, weight and power are limiting factors,” said Paul Jennison, L-3 WESCAM vice president of government sales and business development. “The accuracy of the MX-10D’s designator and its overall range performance create a highly reliable solution for forces working with smaller tactical airborne platforms in need of targeting.”
In early June 2012, the MX-10D underwent flight testing at the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground. Testing was conducted from an armed MD500E helicopter and a C208 Cessna fixed-wing aircraft. During the event, both aircraft and mission profiles yielded exceptional performance in all modes of flight throughout the HELLFIRE operational envelope.
The MX-10D builds on the field-proven success of the MX-10 EO/IR imaging system. Like its predecessor, the MX-10D can be configured with up to six payloads, including the laser target designator. The system’s consistent targeting accuracy is achieved via an internal isolator that minimizes vibration-induced boresight shifts. The system’s stabilization minimizes spot jitter, resulting in precise designation and consistent target location accuracy. Reliable GEO-referenced targeting is achieved with a GPS and an IMU embedded on the optical bench.
In addition, the MX-10D incorporates advanced image processing on all sensors to improve haze penetration, enhancing target identification and situational awareness via image fusion. This improves mission effectiveness while reducing operator workload.
Source: L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LLL)
Date: Jul 9, 2012