Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with its MiniPOP for Maritime Applications Electro-Optics Systems, according to a press release from the company on Monday (16 May).
“We are proud of IAI’s growing partnership with the Philippine Navy and the opportunity to provide our operational, combat-proven systems to the Philippines,” said Boaz Levy, IAI President, and CEO. “This contract for electro-optics systems joins other recent deals between IAI and the Philippine Navy, signifying the expanding cooperation and serving as a testimony to the trust the customer has in IAI’s advanced technologies,” he added.
The contract marked another progress for IAI in the Philippines after a recent deal to supply Alpha 3D AESA radar systems for the PN. While these radars will be installed in the PN’s upcoming corvettes currently being built in South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard, the MiniPOP Electro-Optics systems will be installed in the PN’s patrol boats instead.
IAI’s MiniPOP for Maritime Applications, developed by IAI’s Systems Missiles and Space Group, is a lightweight and compact multi-sensors observation system built for maritime applications. The electro-optics system is designed to operate during both day and night and meet harsh environmental conditions such as shock, vibration from waves, and extreme temperatures. The payload provides real-time imaging, automatic video tracking, and precise target geo-location capabilities that can be used as a stand-alone EO/IR observation system on small and medium-sized vessels.
IAI’s press release did not disclose the contract value and the quantity of the MiniPOP systems that will be supplied to the PN.
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