Tactical ISR System
The Seeker 200 tactical Unmanned Aerial System evolved from the battle-proven Seeker II system. This feature packed derivative offers an engine with long service intervals (> 250 h), long endurance, low noise levels (<70 dB open throttle at 1 000 ft AGL), short take-off distance (~300mASL) and a rapid rate of climb (~750 ft/min). Other key features include: Automatic Take-off and Landing (ATOL); state-of-the-art avionics (Autopilot and Integrated Navigation Unit including a power PC); electro-optical multi-sensor payload combining EO/IR (day and night) and equipped with a Laser Designator (LD) and Laser Range Finder (LRF); as well as numerous enhancements to the Ground Stations, Mission Control Unit and Tactical Ground Station (up to 16 waypoints, corridor flying capability, alternative loiter patterns, Digital Elevation Model (DEM)/Map datum, and video encryption).
The Seeker 200 System operates at ranges of up to 250 km from base and provides:
- Real-time day and night reconnaissance
- Target location
- Artillery fire support
- Electronic intelligence (ELINT)
- Its reliable communication link, modular design, high mobility and self-contained support provide an advanced system that has passed the real test of operational use.
The system comprises:
- Four to six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
- Tactical Ground Station (TGS)
- Field support equipment
- Optional MCU and TCU Units
Slant range surveillance:
- 250 km line-of-sight communication
- Redundant data links (two control links, one status and video link and one emergency link)
- Range and azimuth tracking for operation under GPS denial conditions
- Endurance: up to 10 h; 6 h over target at 250 km
- Service ceiling: up to 18 000 ft
- Multi-mission payload, excluding fuel: up to 40 kg
- Range extension capability via passing control of the UAV to a secondary TGS
- Deployment and flight preparation < 2.5 h
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) variants have an allcomposite, low-drag airframe for optimum performance. The UAV's highly efficient engine and large fuel capacity provide up to 10 h endurance, a service ceiling of up to 18 000 ft and a payload capacity of up to 40 kg. An on-board directional antenna gives high resistance to jamming and enables real-time communication up to 250 km from base.
The Tactical Ground Station (TGS) is compact UAV control station and is the main interface between the mission control crew and the UAV. With its high mobility and low footprint, the TGS provides for:
- Mission planning
- UAV control and monitoring
- Communications control
- Payload control
- Mission simulation
Workstations have identical hardware, with dedicated software enabling specific functions.
As a force multiplier a secondary TGS can be deployed to extend the range of Seeker 200 with ground stations placed up to 400 km apart.
The secondary TGS also allows control of the Seeker 200 UAV and its payloads, providing total mission independence.
Like the TGS the Mission Control Unit (MCU) is the main interface between the mission control crew and the UAV. It provides for similar functions to those of the TGS. For long-term deployments the MCU and TCU ground segments are available as options to provide greater comfort to the crew. Workstations have identical hardware, with dedicated software enabling specific functions.
The Tracking and Communications Unit (TCU) contains the tracking and communications equipment that maintains contact with the UAV. It is an unmanned, separate unit that can be located up to 80 m from the MCU, enabling it to be positioned for optimum line-offsight communication. The stand-alone TCU has the additional benefit of providing safety to the crew in the event of an air-to-ground weapon strike onto the TCU.
Several different payloads can be carried using plug and play' methodology. Goshawk II HDT multi-sensor payload combining EO/IR (day and night) with integrated LD and LRF to 20 km, containing a single CCD with x20 zoom, a 3rd generation 3 - 5 m m IR camera with continuous zoom lens, automatic video tracker, azimuth and elevation gimbal, < 20 rad stabilisation. Histogram, edge, correlation and scene-based autotrackers are available.
An ELINT Payload is available for radar emitter detection (0.5 to 18 GHz, 120-degree sector direction location, on-board emitter library). The man-machine interface is integrated into the ground control station.
To provide for multi-mission and multi-roles, optional COTS sensors and payloads like SAR, COMINT, SIGINT etc. can be integrated.