Innovative Capability for Warfare in Low Light Conditions

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Capturing digital images is the first step toward delivering data fusion and augmented reality technology that will transform how warfighters perceive the battlespace in ultra low-light conditions

A new ultra low-light image sensor for soldiers has been unveiled by BAE Systems. The Back side-illuminated (BSI) Hawkeye HWK1411 provides high-performance imaging capabilities in any kind of light conditions and is claimed to be optimal for battery-powered soldier systems and uncrewed platforms.

The low-light complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor is also used in targeting and surveillance applications.

The 1.6-megapixel sensor features night vision capabilities with reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP). It 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.

It is the first low-light CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor that can capture images in ‘overcast starlight’ environments, according to the company’s announcement.

It features advanced light sensitivity, the ability to view small changes in contrast and minimized signal noise from electricity.

The company has also developed a compact multichip camera module for simplification of camera integration. The multichip camera module integrates the HWK1411 image sensor with a microprocessor, flash memory, a flexible cable for plug-and-play connectivity, as well as a high-performance glass lens.