Thales Land Systems is proposing its MARGOT 5000 integrated ground surveillance system to protect military camps. MARGOT 5000 is composed by the MANON Electro Optical/Infra Red (EO/IR) sensor mounted in a telescopic or fixed mast, a Kontron AG rugged display, a keyboard, the joystick, a Thales ISIS electronic calculator. MANON optical package include the Thales CATHERINE XP thermal imager. The CCD (Charged Coupled Device) day camera and the laser pointing system are provided by Belgian OIP SA.

The company has delivered 21 mast mounted MARGOT 5000 systems to the French Army as an UOR (Urgent Operational Requirement) measure for Afghanistan ISAF military operations and as well as two systems integrated on the Panhard General Defense VBL (Véhicule Blindé Léger) 4×4 armoured vehicle designed VBL Source. The system has been also acquired by Belgium for its Steyr Daimler Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH PANDUR 6×6 Recce reconnaissance vehicles and by Luxembourg for the Krauss Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co KG DINGO 2 PRV (Protected Reconnaissance Vehicle) 4×4 vehicle.

MANON system which has a weight of 35kg is able to monitor static target located at distances up to 4 km and vehicles up to 9 km. Updated images or recorded data’s can be transmitted by a tactical digital radio to a command post or to the FOB (Forward Operating Base).

For military application, Thales produce also the MARGOT 3000 long range surveillance system which is composed by SOPHIE observation system or SOPHIE MF target acquisition and observation system, a POP 6 command and visualization terminal, a C2 interface and the vehicle carrier.

SOPHIE MF (Multi Function) feature a GPS (Global Positioning System) device and a Bren-Tronics Inc battery. The system which have a range of 10km and a image resolution of 754×576 can be integrated on a ground or vehicle mast and linked to a observation and command and control man-portable terminal.

SOPHIE range includes the SOPHIE (2.4kg), SOPHIE MF (less than 3.5kg), SOPHIE ZS (2.4kg) and SOPHIE XF (3.5kg). To date, the company has delivered 10000 systems.

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