Naval Defense

QPD is an essential visual Defense element for the military ships self defense. As a last resort complement to electromagnetic and automatique systems like radar or optronic systems like infared turret, this sighting solution gives the angular coordinates to the fire control system on military ships.

As a first level and last generation Naval Defense equipment, the QPD ensures the target optic designation and establish a visual defense system embedded on surface ships to complete eventual deficiencies of the automatic detection system for the Naval Defense at first level.

 It represents the last ditch to transmit the angular coordinates of a close range threat to the fire system, in charge of the identification and the immediate processing.

It represents the last ditch to transmit the angular coordinates of a close range threat to the fire system, in charge of the identification and the immediate processing.

Key data

  • Portable and mobile
  • Reflex actions
  • Precise and quick designation for day or night luminosity
  • Full angular coverage
  • All armament system compatibility
  • Tested and approved in operational use

COUNTERING THE NEW NAVAL THREAT

With the evolution of the stealth techniques for both air and surface threats, the reaction time for the defensive weapon systems is getting more and more crucial for the survivability of a warship.

Electromagnetic and electro-optical detection systems designed for the previous generation of threats have seen their ranges of first detection significantly reduced against this new type of threats, which are virtually undetectable until the very last moment.

Additionally, in many contexts, such as coastal or in straits operations, a warship is submitted to asymmetrical threats such as very fast patrol or speedboats conducting “swarm attacks”, or applying tactics of coordinated crossing routes in order to confuse the fire control tracking gates. In these situations the warship needs a very effective “last line” of defense. This makes it mandatory to have very short target acquisition times.

This threat evolution has shown the key value of an effective visual surveillance executed by look-outs or operators of a Weapon Direction Platform (WDP) Visual, able to designate and acquire very quickly an air or a surface target.

 ESSENTIAL ROLE OF VISUAL WATCH

Visual targeting by visual means appears to be a key capability, both for target identification or target engagement purpose, despite of the sophisticated electromagnetic or electro-optical surveillance equipment, and of the use of advanced Tactical Data Systems or Combat Management Systems.

From a tactical point of view, visual sighting and its associated means of targeting are now the ultimate resort, or may be needed to fill the shortcomings of another detection system.

In a crisis situation, the closest range of the target interception becomes particularly critical, and is often subordinated to a very short engagement time, mainly depended on the target acquisition time. 

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