• Closed OctoPod housing equipped with sensors



One integrated solution to mount the different sensors is the OctoPod, a unique all-in-one belly-mounted airborne surveillance pod. The OctoPod was jointly developed by Aerodata and its subsidiary OPTIMARE.

It enables multi-sensor-based airborne surveillance operations, while minimizing space consumption and cost for aircraft modification. The OctoPod can be equipped with up to eight sensors.

Continuous Radar Surveillance Electro-Optical / Infrared Imaging Search & Rescue and Tactical Direction Finding Wide-Swath Radar Imaging Aerial Infrared / Ultraviolet Imaging Aerial Visible Imaging Day & Night Substance Classification Scanning Microwave Radiometry

Capabilities and related Sensors

State-of-the-art AESA radar

Continuous Radar Surveillance

Instrument: State-of-the-art AESA radar

  • Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology
  • offered by several suppliers
  • continuous detection & tracking of

    • moving maritime targets
    • moving land targets (GMTI)
    • airborne moving targets

  • small target mode and priority track mode
  • target classification using ISAR
  • Spot and Strip SAR Imaging
  • Search and Rescue beacon detection (SART)
  • weather and turbulence detection mode
  • dual mode capability
15" EO/IR System

Electro-Optical / Infrared Imaging

Instrument: 15" EO/IR System

  • offered by several suppliers
  • available cameras:

    • infrared
    • daylight
    • nightvision

  • configurable payloads for:

    • optical target identification
    • target tracking
    • image enhancement
    • laser ranging
    • evidence gathering

Airborne Radio Direction Finder (DF)

Search & Rescue and Tactical Direction Finding

Instrument: Airborne Radio Direction Finder (DF)

  • scanning of Search & Rescue frequencies
  • broadband capability in VHF/UHF band
Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR)

Wide-Swath Radar Imaging

Instrument: Side-Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR)

  • long-range detection of oil spills
  • detection of maritime targets
  • surveillance of fishing activities
  • detection & mapping of speed boat wakes
IR/UV Line Scanner

Aerial Infrared / Ultraviolet Imaging

Instrument: IR/UV Line Scanner

  • short-range analysis of oil spills
  • wide field-of-view (90°)
  • mapping of relative oil spill thickness
  • thermal mapping
  • day & night spill detection
  • sensitive to all layer thicknesses above 0.01 micron
VIS Line Scanner (VIS)

Aerial Visible Imaging

Instrument: VIS Line Scanner (VIS)

  • short-range analysis of oil spills
  • wide field-of-view (90°)
  • mapping of visual appearance of oil spills
  • aerial RGB composite imaging of water & land surfaces
  • scene documentation
  • "more standardised" use of oil appearance codes due to defined observation geometry
Laser Fluorosensor (LFS-P)

Day & Night Substance Classification

Instrument: Laser Fluorosensor (LFS-P)

  • short-range analysis of oil spills
  • reliable day & night discrimination between oil & water
  • detection of attenuating and fluorescing substances
  • rough classification (pollution / no pollution)
  • fine classification (type of crude / refined oil)
  • water quality monitoring
Microwave Radiometer (MWR-P)

Scanning Microwave Radiometry

Instrument: Microwave Radiometer (MWR-P)

  • short-range analysis of oil spills
  • day & night / all-weather oil spill thickness measurement (0.05 mm ... 3 mm)
  • analysis of oil spill hot spots
  • fire detection
  • monitoring of moisture penetration of dikes
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