Airborne Sensor Design, Fabrication, and Integration

Multi-Axis Turrets

As a leading innovator in multi-axis turret design, Southern Research has proven expertise in developing multi-axis turrets with distinctive features and capabilities for airborne test and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications. Our groundbreaking designs of large multi-axis turrets, ranging from 22” to 33’’ in diameter, have been integrated on helicopters as well as subsonic and supersonic aircraft supporting speeds up to Mach 2 and altitudes to 60,000’.

Examples of our customer-focused, innovative multi-axis turret designs include:

Airborne Imaging and Reconnaissance System (AIRS)

  • The Airborne Imaging and Recording System (AIRS) is a 4-axis gimbal designed to carry Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Full Motion Video (FMV) cameras or Radio Frequency (RF) sensors. The sensors suite is configurable and can be provided by the customer or developed by Southern Research for specific requirements. The turret system provides an operation platform wherein the line-of-sight stability is approximately 5 μRad. This exceptional level of stability allows for the use of high-resolution cameras and long focal-length lenses for increased standoff distance.
  • AIRS features and specifications (PDF document)

Stabilized Electro-optical Airborne Instrumentation Platform (SEAIP)

  • The Stabilized Electro-Optical Airborne Instrumentation Platform (SEAIP) is a 4-axis gimballed turret for airborne instrumentation and sensor testing. The turret system provides an operation platform wherein the line-of-sight stability is on the order of 30 μRads. This exceptional level of stability allows for testing of state-of-the-art active and passive sensors (i.e., scanners, FPAs, spectrometers, radar, etc.).
  • SEAIP features and specifications (PDF document)

Contact Us

For more information about our capabilities, contact us at:
Eng@SouthernResearch.org