High technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security, and commercial programs, Elbit Systems introduced a vision suite for military helicopters. A robust sensor array, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered mission computer, and a special Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) system are all integrated into the new suite. With the new suite, helicopter pilots can look through the aircraft’s fuselage and have a real-time, clear, and colorful broad field of vision both during the day and at night, even in poor weather and visibility conditions.
Elbit System’s new capabilities enable military helicopters to conduct low-altitude flights in low visibility, one of the toughest operational challenges for the aircraft. This significantly increases the aircraft’s operational range and turns adverse weather and other low visibility conditions to their advantage.
Recently released X-Sight HMD system for helicopters is included in the new technological suite. It also includes a new AI-powered mission computer for real-time data fusion and machine learning of barriers and dangers as well as for executing operational apps make up the new technical package and combines the cutting-edge Xplore radar with the operational BrightNite multi-spectral payload into a single integrated array of sensor modules (that includes both day and Infra-Red cameras for thermal vision).
Any aircraft may be equipped with the ground-breaking Xplore, a small, smart airborne radar that enables flying in any visible situation. The radar creates a synthetic image of the ground along the flight path, alerting pilots in advance to potential hazards like power lines and antennae and allowing for low-altitude flight even in complete darkness. The integrated sensor array provides a wide-angle view of the flight path, which is mounted on the helicopter’s nose. A real-time color image with an Augmented Reality overlay identifying obstacles, threats, the flight route, and extra flight and mission information is displayed on the visor of the X-Sight HMD by the AI-powered mission computer.
The new technology gives helicopter pilots a binocular wide field of view HMD and gives them the capacity to extract and optimize the data supplied by a variety of various sensors. It uses AI and fusion capabilities to integrate many information streams into a single, unified visual display.