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Defense & Security

Tactical airborne gimbal system

IJK Controls

IJK Controls will premiere its revolutionary Tactical Airborne Gimbal System (TAGS) during SPIE Defense, Security + Sensing 2015, 21-23 April at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

The new, high performance TAGS program is based on an innovative carbon fiber, 4-axis gimbal design with fiber-optic gyroscope stabilization and extended environment operation (high altitudes, extreme temperatures, and humidity).

The TAGS controller offers advanced features such as geo-pointing and metadata output, allowing tight integration with mission systems. The company's first customers are using TAGSs on fixed wing and rotary wing platforms. Applications include special operations, tactical surveillance, and law enforcement.

The TAGS is 17.5 inches across and weighs about 100 pounds with the sensor payload. Stabilization performance is a few microradians and feedback is provided on a low-latency binary interface. It is designed to meet the demanding requirements for airborne equipment, including DO-160. It features a state-of-the-art, high definition (HD) continuous-zoom midwave infrared (MWIR) imaging system with a powerful visible camera and laser, making it ideal for ISR missions that require demanding stabilization and pointing characteristics.

IJK Controls can also customize the TAGS design by changing the sensor payloads, utilizing strategic partnerships with sensor suppliers to meet the particular needs of customers.