FLIR / Super Puma (TH06, PU FLIR)

The Super Puma is a twin-engine helicopter with excellent night and instrument flight characteristics, which makes it ideal for carrying the FLIR system.

Super Puma FLIR
Group
Aircraft
Class
Helicopters
Place of operation
Air

The strengths of the FLIR system lie in its ability to locate heat sources and other targets, even over long distances, independently of the time of day. The system is mainly used to assist the partner organisations of the Swiss Security Network SSN in search and rescue, border surveillance and police operations, and in the event of natural disasters.

The Swiss Air Force uses four FLIR systems. These devices can be fitted into the helicopter within a few hours. At least one of these systems is constantly ready to be operated by the search and rescue standby team. The Super Puma is a twin-engine helicopter with excellent night and instrument flight characteristics. Equipped with the FLIR system, an additional powerful search headlight and a rescue winch, the helicopter provides an efficient system for civilian authority support operations.

Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), has become a synonym for thermal imaging systems. The third generation sensor packages used today, include not only infrared (IR) but also various electro-optical imaging sensors. The sensors provide superior image stabilisation in response to helicopter movement and vibration, thus allowing high-resolution long-range images to be taken.

If required, real-time transmission of the system's images to mobile taskforces, emergency committees in military command facilities or civilian authorities is possible.