Based on the experience gained with the Condor2 long-range oblique photography (LOROP) camera, ELOP is
expanding its airborne reconnaissance product line with the Condor TAC tactical photography system. The latter was
designed for overflight imaging of extended areas from a fighter or special mission aircraft, at day and night. The
Condor TAC is mounted in an aerodynamically shaped pod and can operate in wide envelope of flight altitude and
speed. Besides the camera, the pod contains mission management and video processing unit (MVU), solid state recorder
(SSR), wide-band data link (DL) for real-time imagery transmission, and two environmental control units (ECU).
Complex multi-segment optical windows were successfully developed for the system.
The camera system design is modular and highly flexible. Two independent imaging payload modules are mounted
inside a gimbal system. Each of the modules is equipped with a strap-down IMU, and may carry a cluster of cameras or
a single large camera with gross weight up to 35 kg. The payload modules are interchangeable, with an identical
interface to the gimbal. The modularity and open architecture of the system facilitate its adaptation to various
operational requirements, as well as allow easy and relatively non-expensive upgrades and configuration changes.
In the current configuration, both EO and IR payload modules are equipped with a combination of longer focal length
cameras for bi-directional panoramic scan at medium and high flight altitudes, and shorter focal length cameras for
fixed wide angle coverage at low altitudes. All the camera types are equipped with standard format, off-the-shelf area
detector arrays. Precise motion compensation is achieved by calibrated back-scan mirrors.