UAE Orders MX-15 EO/IR Sensors for Archangel Aircraft

L-3 WESCAM announced on February 21 that it has received an order from IOMAX USA Inc for 28 MX-15D electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging and designating turrets. Fitted to a fleet of IOMAX Archangel turboprop aircraft, the MX-15Ds will support close air support and armed border patrol missions carried out by what the company describes as “a customer within the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”. This can only be the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, which has ordered 24 IOMAX Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft under a contract that was reportedly signed at the end of September 2014.

Deliveries of the MX-15 turrets will begin in May 2015 and are scheduled to be completed in 2016. Support services for the systems will be conducted in-country through an L-3 WESCAM authorized service centre.

“We are very proud to have been chosen by IOMAX and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the UAE and its military forces,” said Paul Jennison, vice president of government sales and business development for L-3 WESCAM. “The MX-15D’s HD imagers, high target-location accuracy and designation capability make it a very secure and trusted choice for the UAE.”

The MX-15Ds will be configured with high-definition EO and IR imagers, a dual-channel colour and low-light spotter, a laser illuminator, a dual-mode rangefinder/designator and a laser spot tracker. In addition, the system will feature image blending and L-3 WESCAM’s Kinetic Moving Target Indicator (MTI) tool, which the company says is a highly regarded technology that detects multiple moving targets in an image stream. This advanced capability increases the probability of detecting suspicious activity in any given scenario, while significantly reducing operator burden and improving surveillance efficiency. Alan Warnes