aerostat surveillance system

Lightweight Balloon / Aerostat Surveillance Payload System


The SPEED-A was specially designed for Aerostat applications and Aerostat constraints. Its gyro–stabilization is in all three axes Pitch, Yaw, and Roll, and the mechanical structure is very low weight to reduce the total weight to a minimum.

It is a tactical, lightweight, balloon mounted, portable EO/IR, area monitoring and intruder detection system with real-time, electro-optical, stabilized detection characteristics.

Incorporates a Thermal Imaging (TI) Camera with a Continuous Zoom Lens, a Color Daylight TV Camera, Eyesafe Laser Rangefinder and Laser Pointer. The SPEED-A has an Observation Mode with live video for intruder recognition, identification and tracking.

The system is operated and controlled by a Control and Display Unit (CDU) with an intuitive Graphic User Interface.

The CDU is available in two options:   
     - Ruggedized CDU – for mobile and field applications.
     - Commercial PC CDU – for use in climate controlled room.

Built in automatic target tracker and image enhancement algorithms.


  • Wide area monitoring and long range intruder detection.
  • Light weight with long range EO capabilities.
  • Sensors:
       - Thermal Imaging (TI) camera with 600 mm Continuous Optical Zoom Lens.
       - Day TV CCD with 300 mm Continuous Optical Zoom Lens.
       - Laser Range Finder for target position (coordinates).
       - Laser Pointer for marking targets.
  • In operational use since 2008.
  • 24/7 hour missions.
  • Image enhancement for low visibility conditions.
  • Local AGC.
  • Tracker.


  • Persistant Surveillance.
  • Intruder Detection.
  • Force Protection.
  • Border Surveillance.
  • Infrastructure Observation.
  • Anti-terrorist Surveillance.
  • Anti-smuggling Surveillance.
  • Oil Spill Detection.
  • Oil Pipeline Patrol.