British defense and aerospace firm BAE Systems has unveiled its new HWK1411 ultra low-light image sensor capable of providing high-performance imaging capabilities in the dark.
Equipped with a 1.6-megapixel sensor, the new device can be mounted on various unmanned platforms, battery-powered soldier systems, and targeting and surveillance applications used by the armed forces.
According to the company’s press release, the HWK1411 is the first low-light complementary metal-oxide semiconductor sensor that can capture imagery during “overcast starlight” environments. It also has the ability to see small changes in contrast and reduce signal noise from electricity.
Director of Sensor Solutions at BAE Systems, Robyn Decker, said capturing digital images is an important step to deliver augmented reality technology to the military. He also believes that this development may transform how soldiers perceive the battlefield in low-light conditions.
“HWK1411 replaces larger and heavier legacy technology and allows the military market to transition to the digital domain, creating a path to next-gen systems for the future,” the official explained.
To simplify the sensor’s camera integration, BAE Systems has developed a multichip camera module (MCM) which combines the HWK1411 image sensor with a flash memory and a microprocessor.
The compact MCM also integrates to the sensor a flexible cable for plug-and-play connectivity and a high-performance glass lens for optimal field of view.
In addition to the ultra low-light image sensor, the defense firm last month unveiled its MicroGRAM-M GPS receiver which is as small as a postage stamp. It is resistant to jamming and spoofing, appropriate for operations against enemies with jammers and electronic disruptors.
BAE Systems is also working on an Identification Friend-or-Foe (IFF) technology that will be installed in the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The equipment is expected to enhance situational awareness of the air force in detecting friendly or hostile aircraft.