Charlotte County OH-58 New Surveillance System
APG Avionics installed surveillance system SITE-20 on the State of Florida’s Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Bell OH-58 Kiowa
Avionix, September 13, 2016 - Punta Gorda, FL - APG Avionics, a global leader in the supplying of avionics and aviation equipment for para-military and military applications, announces it has successfully installed CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd’s SITE-20 on the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Aviation Unit’s Bell OH58 helicopter.
This is the first CONTROP Line of SITE surveillance systems installed in the United States. The helicopter will also be featured at the Florida International Air Show Press Party on September 13, 2016 at 5pm in the APG Avionics Hangar on the Punta Gorda Airport.
APG will offer the following CONTROP line of SITE systems to the US market: SITE-20, SITE-30HD and SITE-50HD. The acronym SITE stands for Surveillance, Infrared, Thermal and Electro-optical which represent integral aspects of these advanced systems. The SITE camera payloads are gyro-stabilized EO/IR day/night systems which include a thermal imaging camera with a continuous optical zoom lens and proprietary state-of-the-art image enhancement features. The high performance, low weight SITE systems are field proven and operator friendly due to their superb gyro-stabilization and outstanding image quality. These features as well as additional functions make the line of SITE surveillance systems the most cost effective when compared to other similar products in the market.
CONTROP was established in 1988 and has vast experience with installations on a variety of commercial helicopters including Bell 206, Bell 407, AS350 and more. CONTROP also has extensive experience with installations on military helicopters including Mi-17, Mi-24, Kamov and more. In addition, CONTROP EO/IR camera payloads fly on fixed wing light aircraft (A/C) including Diamond, Cessna, Piper and other A/C, as well as UAVs and SUAVs.
According to CCSO Chief Pilot, Robert Steht, "We are grateful for the opportunity to utilize this state of the art system not only for patrol support and surveillance but for search and rescue missions as well. Our Aviation Unit is excited to put our SITE-20 system to use.”
APG Avionics General Manager, Dan IJpkemuele, reports, “We’re very pleased so far as the SITE-20 has exceeded our expectations. The video feed is crisp and stable in both day mode and IR, target tracking has been flawless.”
About APG: Aviation Partners Group (APG) is the parent company of APG’s five subsidiaries, including APG Avionics, APG Aviation, APG NEBO Services, APG Indonesia, and APG Airpark Realty. The APG family consists of locations in Punta Gorda, Florida, Europe, and Indonesia. APG’s U.S. customers include three local sheriff’s offices, the Civil Air Patrol, several flight training schools, various private charters, jet owners, and several warbird collectors. APG is a global avionics supplier of navigation, communication, weather mapping systems, radars, TCAS, glass displays, entertainment and WiFi systems. APG also specializes in sales and service of Eastern bloc avionics and air frame components. APG is an authorized dealer for Garmin, Avidyne, Honeywell, Bendix-King, David Clark, Mid-Continent Instruments, ACR Electronics (ARTEX), FreeFlight Systems, L3 Communications, Universal Avionics, Sandel Avionics, etc. APG is also a certified Cirrus Service Center. With over 20,000sf of hangar space, APG is able to install avionics equipment in various aircraft, from war birds to business jets to helicopters. Other services provided include avionics sales, parts sales, general aircraft maintenance, repair, annual inspections, certifications, and vibration analysis. APG has over 20 years of avionics modification and upgrade experience on the MI-8/17 and KAMOV helicopters. APG Maintenance & Repair is proud of the A&P/IA staff with over 75 years of combined experience servicing a wide variety of aircraft.
About CONTROP: CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. specializes in the development and production of Electro Optical Infrared and Precision Motion Control Systems. CONTROP’s products’ applications include Surveillance, Defense, Para-Military, Military and Homeland Security. Main product lines include Gyro-stabilized EO/IR Camera Payloads used for day/night surveillance and observation onboard UAVs, SUAVs and aerostats/balloons, helicopters, VTOLs, fixed wing light A/C, maritime patrol boats and ground vehicles; Automatic Intruder Detection Systems for airport perimeter surveillance, coastal surveillance, port/harbor security, border protection and the security of sensitive sites; Thermal Imaging Cameras with Continuous Zoom Lens and state-of-the-art image enhancement features and more. CONTROP’s products are in daily operational use in many of the most critical surveillance, homeland security and defense programs worldwide. CONTROP will also be showcased at the following 2016 tradeshow events: SINGAPORE AIRSHOW in Singapore; DEFEXPO in India; FIDAE in Chile; AUVSI in New Orleans and EUROSATORY in Paris.