PCO S.A. of Poland and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems of Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on joint production of Toplite electro-optical systems (EOS) in Poland. The main purpose of this cooperation is the modernization of Polish Mi-24 helicopters.
Under the MoU, PCO S.A., a leading Polish manufacturer of technically advanced optoelectronic equipment, is to be the only supplier of Toplite systems to customers from Poland. The company will also become part of the supply chain for other Rafael programs.
The two companies have been cooperating since 2007 for supply of optoelectronic heads for Poland’s Głuszec helicopters.
The Toplite EOS family is an advanced multi-sensor, multi-purpose, highly stabilized EO/ISR solution for homeland security and defense applications. It is used for a variety of applications on different platforms for intelligence/data collection, surveillance, reconnaissance and weapon direction.
Toplite is mature, proven and fielded in more than 20 countries in all branches of the armed forces. It incorporates up to seven sensors for detection, tracking, identification, and targeting.
Toplite EOS enables automatic or manual monitoring and investigation using its advanced control unit, situational awareness and image processing package. Toplite EOS is derived from the Litening targeting and navigation pod, of which Rafael has sold and supplied over 1,600 units. It therefore enjoys all the latest developments made for the world’s leading targeting system. Toplite EOS has great potential for further development including advanced sensor integration and unique image enhancement techniques, enabling it to be utilized for many years in a changing operational environment.
Toplite is an integral part of Rafael’s air defense systems and naval systems, and is fully integrated with the SPIKE missile family on helicopters and other platforms.