The Wide Area Surveillance Payload (WASP) system has been unveiled by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). It consists of:
- electro-optical and thermal imaging sensors
- image processing and analysis software
- artificial intelligence
- adaptive rule engines
From an altitude of 2000m, WASP offers a resolution of 0.15m and covers two km², meaning all types of moving targets can be detected. At 6,000m, the values are 0.5 m and 20 km² respectively, allowing for the detection of vehicle-sized objects. The field of view of 52 °x 48 ° can be scanned with a frequency of up to 1.5 Hertz. Geo-referencing is provided by an integrated navigation system and is available for each pixel.
WASP has been designed for low energy consumption and is suitable for use in fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and balloons (aerostats). The low weight of 6.5 kg enables integration into small UAVs such as BirdEye 650D. The three-axis stabilisation ensures sharp images regardless of flight movements or vibrations in the carrier platform. Thus, the compact and lightweight system already offers strong reconnaissance capabilities at the tactical level.