IAI/Tamam MINIPOP sight mounted on Rafael’s weapon station RCWS, delivered to Czech Army KBVP fighting vehicle

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has announced that it has delivered the new MiniPOP lightweight EO/IR sights for Rafael’s Samson 30 RCWS (Remote Controlled Weapons Station) in a deal worth several millions of dollars.

The new systems are installed on the GDELS-Steyr KBVP PANDUR 8×8 CZ infantry fighting vehicles, which are currently operated by the Czech Army in Afghanistan.
The MiniPOP features a thermal imager, a CCD camera, a laser rangefinder and a laser pointer. Two MiniPOP systems are installed on each turret; one is used as the commander sight, and the other as the gunner sight.

Shaul Shahar, General Manager of IAI’s TAMAM Division, commented: « We are very proud of the delivery of our MiniPOP for this important program. The MiniPOP was especially adapted for the harsh environment of the RCWS on the land fighting vehicle, and the systems’ performance is beyond expectations. »

The MiniPOP is part of IAI/Tamam’s ever-expanding POP family of advanced, lightweight, observation and targeting payloads for airborne, land and maritime applications. Hundreds of payloads are deployed around the world and are in operational use with leading military and security forces.

MiniPOP Highlights:
The MiniPOP is uniquely small and light and can be equipped with up to 5 sensors, providing the best performance in its class.
• Size: 21 cm (8”)
• Weight: ~ 8.5 Kg (18.7 lbs) dependent upon sensor configuration
• Thermal Imager: Cooled InSb 3-5 µm FPA with continuous zoom
• Day color Camera: CCD with Near IR (NIR) capability, with continuous zoom
• Laser Range Finder: Eyesafe 12 ppm (option for 1 pps or 3 pps)
• Laser Pointer: 0.83µm
• Laser Designator (optional

Israel Aerospace Industries is a leader in the aerospace and defense industries and is Israel’s largest industrial exporter. IAI’s Tamam Division is a proven supplier of advanced EO payloads for various air platforms, maritime vessels and ground vehicles. These include the 90 Kg LOROS (Long Range Observation System), the 14″ MOSP (Multi-mission Optronic Stabilized Payload) family, the 10″ POP family, the 8″ MiniPOP family and the 4″, 1Kg MicroPOP. TAMAM products are designed, built and tested in accordance with high quality international standards. TAMAM is fully certified to ISO 9001, AS9100 and CMMI Level V standards. Thousands of TAMAM systems have been successfully deployed worldwide to date.


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