|Manufacturer:||I.M.I. Israel Military Industries Ltd|
|Product type:||Optronic Countermeasure Systems|
|Name:||Laser warning system|
The Third Eye laser warning system was developed by Moked Engineering (1969) to meet the requirements of the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and it has been installed on their MBTs for some years.
It has been designed for the instantaneous detection of laser range-finders, designators and infra-red searchlights. It indicates the direction and type of threat on a display screen provided for the tank commander. An audio warning is also provided through the vehicle intercom net.
The sensor is mounted on a 45 cm high mast that is installed on the tank turret and comprises four sensor groups, each of which consists of infra-red and laser sensors. It has been designed to provide a credible warning at all combat ranges and be insensitive to combat by-products such as explosions, flash or smoke.
It can differentiate between the various types of laser and in addition has an arrow composed of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) that blink indicating the direction of the detected threat. This signal will continue to blink even after the laser is turned off so enabling the defender to operate countermeasures against target designators, range-finders and infra-red sources.
According to the manufacturer, the Third Eye system has been in operational use with the IDF and has proven its performance and reliability under field conditions.
In addition, a complementary sophisticated training system, especially designed to train Third Eye users without exposing them to damaging laser beams, is available. The training system's operation is based on data transfer through the communications system of the AFV on which it is mounted.
The Moked Third Eye laser warning system is also being offered for the retrofit system market.
Production. In service with the IDF. As of mid-1999 there were no known export sales of this system.