GECKO-M is Thales Spain's long distance optronic solution for military vehicles. This device can be used in many applications such as route clearance, coastal surveillance, etc.
The GECKO-M optronic head is prepared to be installed on extendable masts and includes:
Two cameras: a diurnal camera and a thermal camera for long distance.
Two laser pointers: one infrared and one visible.
A long-range laser range finder.
The NIR laser pointer that cannot be seen by the human eye, but can be seen by the diurnal camera in night mode.
The video signals from both cameras are encoded in MPEG4 within the Pan & Tilt, electronically stabilized.
The gyro-stabilization allows the use of the system with the vehicle in motion (up to 40 km/h).
The Control and Observation unit is located inside the vehicle and consists of a ruggedized computer and monitor with a joystick to control the optronic head from inside the vehicle.
The control software can be used to control the different elements of the optronic head (selecting and controlling the cameras, activating the laser pointers and rangefinder, etc.) and provides information on the targets (distance and coordinates).