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HISS Secures First European Sabir Sale

 - July 17, 2014, 6:30 AM

Highland Integrated Surveillance Systems (HISS) announced this week that it has secured its first sale outside North America for its Sabir (special airborne mission installation and response) system. The company secured the deal in June with an undisclosed European operator of a Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules.

Sabir is already in use with the Canadian Armed Forces and some U.S. agencies. It is a quick-fit, multi-mission system that can be installed in the paratroop doorway of a Hercules. The kit is cleared for use with C-130E/H/J models in both short- and long-fuselage versions.

HISS specializes in developing special mission adaptations that can be fitted to a wide range of aircraft. Originally designed by Airdyne, Sabir replaces the paratroop door of the C-130 with a new section that incorporates a 16 g-rated seat and bulged window for visual observation, and a sensor pylon capable of carrying up to 450 pounds. This typically mounts an electro-optical/infrared sensor ball, but can also carry a podded or turreted radar.

The U.S. Air Force uses the Sabir to mount an X-band ice reconnaissance radar on its LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft. The door can be swapped out in about 45 minutes, and there are no limitations on ramp/cargo operations.