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09 February 2016

CONTROP'S 90 SHAPO Systems to be Deployed on NATO Multi-Mission Patrol Vehicles

CONTROP Precision Technologies, a global leader in EO/IR defense and homeland security solutions, has been chosen to supply 90 advanced SHAPO systems for an unspecified NATO Army's patrol vehicles during the course of 2016.

SHAPO offers a wide range of communication interfaces to host platform (including RS-422 and optional ARINC 429 and MIL-STD-1553), its operating control unit has been specially ruggedised to survive the harshest environmental conditions, and its advanced ergonomics provide maximum comfort for extended use. (Photo: Controp)

SHAPO is an ultra-lightweight gyro-stabilised EO/IR Day/Night Observation system especially designed for flexible EO payload deployment on multi-mission patrol vehicles. According to CONTROP, the high performance low weight system delivers the benefits of a built-in thermal imaging camera with a continuous zoom lens, advanced image enhancement, automatic target tracker, picture-in-picture and more, all offered in one compact integrated package.

"That SHAPO has been chosen by a leading NATO army is a validation of the system's superior performance," Johnny Carni, CONTROP's VP Marketing, explained. "SHAPO won this highly competitive tender thanks to our in-house developed technologies that deliver outstanding operational capabilities relative to its low cost. The system maintains low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) and superb gyro-stabilisation, which are crucial factors when dealing with patrol vehicles on rough terrain since the vehicles are typically overloaded with various sensors and other systems.  These features make the SHAPO payload the most cost effective option when compared to other similar systems on the market. We are also in the final stages of evaluation of this system with remote control guns, and we hope to announce the signing of similar contracts in the near future."