US: HGH Infrared Systems has introduced a family of new wide-area surveillance turrets targeted at naval vessels, including what it claims to be the world's highest resolution rotary thermal panoramic camera, the Spynel-X 8000. The system is understood to be able to detect a human in the water at up to 8 km, a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) at up to 15 km, and a ship at up to 30 km. Also updated is the system's higher image resolution capability from 60 to 120 mega pixels. The Spynel-X series is based on the company's Spynel family of mid-wave infrared (MWIR) surveillance systems that provides early warning for vessels against conventional maritime and asymmetrical threats. The system, which consists of an IR camera mounted on a high-speed rotating turret, is said to be fully passive and undetectable by enemy radars. The Spynel systems are currently in use with the French Navy's La Fayette-class guided missile frigates.
Besides the Spynel-X 8000 also being introduced are the Spynel-X 3500 and Spynel-X 6000 with image resolutions of 30 mega pixels and 60 mega pixels, respectively. The lower end Spynel-X 3500 can detect a human at up to 3.5 km, a RHIB at up to 7 km, and a ship at up to 21 km. The mid-range Spynel-X 6000 can detect a human at up to 6 km, a RHIB at up to 12 km, and a ship at up to 25 km. All three systems in the family are fitted with gyro-stabilisation features to ensure steady image capture, and can be integrated with the company's Cyclope software for target designation, tracking, and forensic capabilities such as image storage and playback.
Besides maritime versions, HGH Infrared Systems is also providing land-based variants of the Spynel-X series for protection of land bases and ground vehicles.