Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: SiGMA Caveo and SiGMA Imaging Module Set
Origin: United Kingdom
Corporations: BAE Systems
Parent System: SiGMA
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2005
Total Production: ?
Description: BAE Systems' SiGMA or Sensor Integrated Modular Architecture is a thermal imaging camera which provides passive infrared imaging in day, night and poor visibility, for land, sea and airborne operations. Its high resolution sensor and superior sensitivity enables warfighters to detect any threat 24 hours a day in all weather conditions. BAE has developed two versions the SiGMA Imaging Module Set and SiGMA Caveo Camera.
In addition to the advanced infrared imaging sensor, SiGMA features advanced digital signal processing electronics to rapidly accommodate a full range of detectors in long, short and medium infrared wavebands. To date, SiGMA has been integrated with surveillance and targeting applications such as Titan Multi-sensor turret, NavFLIR, mobile surveillance units, Caveo ruggedised thermal imager and the Royal Navy's GSA8 gun fire control/targeting system.
In April 2005, the Royal Navy awarded BAE Systems a £3 million contract to supply mid-wave SiGMA Caveo Camera to 16 Type 22 and Type 23 frigates that will provide leading edge thermal imaging capability. Installation on these ships will increase the contract amount to £6 million. This equipment will enable Royal Navy to conduct enhanced surveillance and target acquisition operations in hot and humid climatic conditions.
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