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Chess to deliver TLE system for NDMA's OTAS project

Posted 2 October 2023

Chess Dynamics has been selected by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) to provide a Category 1 Target Location Error (TLE) vehicle mounted surveillance system for its Observation Targeting and Surveillance Systems (OTAS) project.

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The project is a mast-mounted observation and surveillance system deployed from the Norwegian CV90 reconnaissance vehicle providing extremely accurate battlefield data to the end user including:

  • Timely and accurate targeting data
  • Persistent surveillance
  • Wide area situational awareness
  • Radar detection and tracking

To meet these requirements, Chess developed the Hawkeye Modular Mission Pod (MMP) which consists of a thermal imaging camera, a high-powered daylight camera, a laser range finder (LRF) with a 30km+ range and a laser pointer. Combined with Chess’ advanced geo data algorithms, the system achieves Category 1 TLE rating, the highest standard of accuracy enabling it to observe, target and understand the battlespace out to ranges of 20km+.

The system is integrated into a wide area Battlefield Information System (BIS) or, in the absence of a BIS, into a local Combat Management System (CMS) developed by Chess. Combined with Chess’ cutting-edge AI target classification and tracking tools, the system provides the end user with unparalleled situational awareness.

Rupert Grinling, Land Sales Manager at Chess, commented: “As battlefields become more complex and adversaries take advantage of ever more advanced technologies, persistent surveillance is becoming increasingly important. Our Hawkeye MMP delivers the highest fidelity surveillance and targeting accuracy levels with the added flexibility of operating from a vehicle.”

Mounted on combat vehicles operating in the harshest climates and traversing the most arduous terrain, the MMP has been electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) verified and environmentally tested to withstand a temperature range of -30 to +40 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, the system can be fitted to a Chess Modular Integrated Pod System (MIPS) for use with a variety of vehicles equipped with a flatbed allowing both mounted operation and, via a fast dismount capability, dismounted remote operation.  

The Hawkeye MMP is part of a modular product family designed to operate independently or as an integrated system. Other modular components include a ‘target designation pod’ and a jammer pod providing counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability.



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