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Tony Stark is just a regular albeit very smart guy – until he puts on his Iron Man suit. The suit gives him remarkable capabilities and helps him protect people and fight the bad guys. Of course, Tony and his Iron Man alter ego are fictional, but L3 WESCAM is doing something similar in real life. They’re giving existing UH-60 Black Hawks and C-130 cargo carriers the “Tony Stark” treatment – with powerful add-ons that quickly transform them from a traditional, basic platform to a powerful intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft.

MatriX Series Cameras on Helicopter and Plane

More and more agencies are on the hunt for ways to cut costs. They’re looking at their current fleet of aircraft and wondering how they can enhance them so they can do more. It’s a familiar scenario, whether you’re in the military or in the corporate world. We’re all being asked to do more with less and military and law enforcement agencies are certainly no exception. They’re under increased pressure to support a wider range of missions with limited assets.

Foreign governments are buying retired aircraft from the U.S. military, and they too are looking to maximize their investments. Adding an EO/IR system and mission computers gives traditional aircraft instant imaging capabilities that turn them into ISR powerhouses. It’s a much smaller investment than buying a new aircraft, which makes it an ideal solution for budget-conscious agencies.

Roll On Roll Off Console

WESCAM’s MatriX ISR kits contain a WESCAM MX-Series EO/IR camera, mission console and all the cabling needed to transform a platform into one with full ISR capability. The kit specific to the UH-60 Black Hawk converts the platform in just six hours, making it easy to add significant capabilities with minimum investment and effort.

There’s also a MatriX kit that converts a C-130 cargo aircraft into one with full ISR capability. It contains a palletized roll-on, roll-off mission console with seating for two, an MX-Series EO/IR surveillance turret and all required cabling. Like the UH-60 kit, it’s a low-risk, low-cost way of expanding function without affecting the aircraft’s primary purpose.


MatriX kits are available with a range of MX-Series turrets, making it easy to align capability with budget, and the simple installation makes in-country updates the norm. Installation teams can get the job done in record time, ensuring fast turnaround and minimal downtime. And for military applications, the kit can also include technologies to enable precision strike capabilities.

It’s a smart, simple solution that’s helping agencies extend the life of their aircraft and maximize what they can do – all while giving them access to the advanced technology they need to get the job done.

Tony Stark would be proud.

L3 WESCAM technology provides defense agencies around the world the tools they need to protect the countries they serve. To find out more about our technology, check out or visit us on YouTube. You can also visit us on Twitter at L3WESCAM and Instagram at wescamisr. If you are interested in talking with someone about how L3 WESCAM’s products and services can help improve your mission success, please visit the Contact Us page on our website.




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