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SASEMAR CASA CN-235 upgrade includes Overwatch ASO software

Platform includes MX-10 video gimbal with Automated Sensor Operator software upgrade

Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima, also known as SASEMAR, is positioned to be the first major search and rescue agency in the world to utilize Overwatch Imaging’s Automated Sensor Operator (ASO) software to aid in wide-area maritime search and situational awareness missions.

The integration of Overwatch Imaging’s AI-enabled automation software for full motion video gimbals is a small part of a major collaborative effort between SASEMAR, Airborne Technologies, Schiebel, and others, under the iSAR SASEMAR initiative to outfit a CASA CN-235 and a Leonardo AW-139 with cutting-edge technology to support critical maritime missions.

Acting as a subcontractor for Schiebel, Airborne Technologies executed the upgrade for the CASA CN-235, which included Overwatch ASO software to upgrade the aircraft’s forward-mounted MX-10 video gimbal with automated wide-area search and object detection capabilities.


Jesús Domínguez de Tena, from SASEMAR Air Service says: “This milestone represents a major step forward for Salvamento Marítimo in the modernization of its air units, incorporating cutting-edge technology that will help us to provide a more efficient and effective service and, ultimately, to continue fulfilling our mission of protecting life at sea with the most advanced means at our disposal.”

"Wescam's MX-10 is a powerful ISR solution, but it's dependent upon human interaction and typically requires a high level of focused operation to achieve basic intelligence results,." said Adam Lapierre, Overwatch Imaging Marketing Manager. "Overwatch Imaging's ASO software acts like an autopilot for FMV Gimbals, automating large area, small object search tasks that can be extremely challenging and tedious for human operators to conduct."

Overwatch ASO executing wide-area maritime search with an MX-10 video gimbal, detecting boats in a 15+ nm search area.

Key features integrated into the CASA CN-235 include:

  • MX-10 with ASO: High-Resolution Geo-Stabilized Day/Night Camera (Wescam MX-10 with Overwatch Imaging Automated Sensor Operator Software

  • Satellite Communication System (Honeywell Aspire 200): Cutting-edge Satellite Communication System enables live downlink of Search & Rescue and aircraft data.

  • On-Board Workstation for 2 Sensor Operators: The existing workstation has undergone a substantial upgrade to accommodate the needs of two sensor operators.

About Overwatch ASO:

Overwatch Imaging Automated Sensor Operator (ASO) enhances FMV gimbals with powerful automation capabilities that control sensor steering, collect and analyze raw data, and report actionable intelligence in real-time. More info HERE

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