Autonomy of more than 20 km, 4×4, 360° turn

PANAGYURISHTE, ($1 = 1.86 Bulgarian lev) — North Macedonia has acquired three mobile observation and surveillance systems of the MUSON series – the MUSON 20FM, developed by the Bulgarian company Opticoelectron. The information was confirmed by an official Opticoelectron representative. There is no official information on the value of the deal, but sources on BulgarianMilitary.com say negotiations are already underway for a second purchase of the same systems.

Photo: Boyko Nikolov

The acquired systems will improve the efficiency of the protection of the North Macedonian border. The country was admitted to NATO in March 2020 and is currently the Balkan outer border with Kosovo and Serbia. The new system will monitor nearly 150 km of the country’s land border.

The purchase of MUSON 20FM is one of Skopje’s first C4ISR investments. “MUSON has been in development for more than seven years in the Opticoelectron industrial park. For the first time, our neighbor showed interest and appreciated the capabilities of the system. Bulgarian border guards also use this system, and so far several Scandinavian and Central European countries have purchased MUSON. We have inquiries from the Middle East and Africa, negotiations are ongoing, but so far we cannot announce the next deal until it becomes a fact,” dipl.eng Boyan Garchev, the prosecutor of Opticoelectron said.

North Macedonia gets MUSON surveillance system: range over 20 km, 4x4, 360° turn
Photo: Boyko Nikolov

About MUSON 20FM

MUSON 20FM is a series developed by the MUSON family of the Bulgarian company for optical, optomechanical and optoelectronic production Opticoelectron. Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Bulgaria operate with this system. In addition to military or security purposes, the MUSON is also used in the private sector to monitor large production areas or oil fields.

The system is an integrated configuration of a multi-sensor system with daytime and thermal/IR cameras with clear, high-resolution graphic images. The range of these optical devices is more than 20 km. A telescopic tower elevates the entire multi-sensory system to a certain height, allowing the operator to have a 360 degree view of the surrounding environment. The system has a stabilizer, which ensures its smooth operation when driving in hard-to-reach and off-road areas. MUSON 20FM has its own independent power supply. The entire system is controlled by a computerized control console.

MUSON 20FM can record video as well as some moments as photos and then store in the configuration archive infrastructure. The system has an open architecture, which allows the integration of various updates or modernizations, as well as an autonomous connection to all ground motion sensors that can automatically activate the system if it is idle.

North Macedonia gets MUSON surveillance system: range over 20 km, 4x4, 360° turn
Photo: Opticoelectron

The MUSON 20FM purchased in North Macedonia is built into a Ford 4×4 chassis, but Opticoelectron says the system could be built into dozens of different vehicle makes and models.

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