the upcoming AUSA 2007 exhibition in Washington DC, RAFAEL is
planning to introduce a new vehicular version of the Spotlite
electro-optical gunshot locator. The system is currently
in development, with R&D funded by several customers. It's
unique sensor and signal processing provides fully panoramic
coverage, initiating threat warning, detection and localization
within few seconds from a gunshot, rocket or a missile being
launch, well before the threat reaches its target. RAFAEL plans
to complete an integrated vehicular system before the year's
new system, designated SpotLite-M joins the SpotLite-P (portable
version). Both systems are capable of accurately and immediately
detecting, locating and thereby enabling reaction to enemy fire
sources, such as small arms fire, RPGs and anti-tank missiles.
Spotlite M provides critical early warning on an imminent attack
and enables the vehicle's crew to take evasive actions, employ
effective counter-fire or deploy countermeasures against the
threat within seconds from initial detection. Simultaneously,
coordinates of the firing source can be sent to any shooter
capable of receiving those coordinates, whether it be a tank,
attack helicopter, anti-tank missile, sniper, etc. "The
SpotLite-M provides the best solution for one of the most serious
problems for mobile platforms on any battlefield and that, is
finding the enemy and being able to react in real-time,"
says David Stemer Corporate VP and General Manager of Rafael's
Missile Division. "We are confident that it will attract
the attention of our customers worldwide."
The system comprises a unique, panoramic infrared camera developed
by Rafael, enabling target detection and location at more than
the effective range of the various threats. The system is effective
in both day and night covering a full panoramic 360° view.
In addition to land platforms, the SpotLite-M is also suitable
for aerial and naval platforms.