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The GTK Boxer is a mobile 8×8 wheeled vehicle for command, medical, support and transport tasks for the Bundeswehr. The infantry armored group transport vehicle provides crew protection and mobility. The boxer can cover long distances both on the road and on difficult terrain. It is used to drop the fighting troops close to the place of action.

Armored wheeled vehicles and their challenges

The crew's view of the outside is limited by the armor and it is difficult for the dismounted fighting infantry to get their bearings before exiting the vehicle without endangering themselves. SETAS, a robust, high-performance 360° all-round vision system for day and night and for every type of armored vehicle, supports the crew in navigating the battlefield while still protecting the vehicle enemy, cover and further action in the identify terrain. The high-resolution electro-optical vision system gives every crew member the opportunity to get a complete picture of the situation under the hatch. Thanks to a 360° all-round view around the vehicle, they can detect threats such as snipers, rocket-propelled grenades or drones within the radius of action.

SETAS offers several camera variants for maximum flexibility depending on the field of view requirements. (Graphics: HENSOLDT)

SETAS – a future-proof, operational system

In contrast to all other situational awareness systems, SETAS has the ability to detect hazards even at great distances. This is made possible by the extremely high-resolution day vision cameras. A person can thus be recognized with SETAS at a distance of 300m - this corresponds to the performance of the human eye with direct vision.

In addition, SETAS offers this ability for up to eight users to observe what is happening around the vehicle in real time, absolutely independently of one another. In addition, objects can be marked and tracked. The information on the detected and, if applicable, identified objects is displayed to all users as required. In addition, SETAS offers many other networking options and can be connected to a battle management system, for example. SETAS offers a day and night combat capability combined with a high level of protection and mobility for the crew.

The SETAS Central Information Processing Unit offers a variable number of HMI interfaces for up to eight individual users. (Photo: HENSOLDT)

A modular approach enables the integration of additional sensors

SETAS makes it possible to secure the open sections of terrain that are unusual for infantry operations and can serve as a warning system against threats by sharing information across platforms, for example in combination with the HENSOLDT Multifunctional Self-Protection System (MUSS).

Future topics such as the networking of SETAS with Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) or Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) can increase the direct support of the dismounted forces, since SETAS can enable reconnaissance in the group.

For a successful execution of operations and a quick, protected approach in all tactical situations, SETAS enables the entire crew - the driver, gunner and commander - to have a permanently comprehensive picture of the situation and to coordinate fire and movement even in confusing, difficult, urban terrain.

SETAS has an extremely modular structure and thus enables integration on any platform, regardless of whether it is a wheeled or tracked vehicle.