Multi-spectral electro-optic payload system

Multi-spectral imaging payload system

Elbit systems combines multiple cameras and sensors in one payload for a variety of missions in military as well as search and rescue operations.

At the Farnborough Airshow 2016, Elbit Systems launched the SPECTRO XR (Extra Range), the latest and most advanced electro-optic payload developed by the company for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

SPECTRO XR is an ultra-long-range, day/night, multi-spectral electro-optical ISTAR system that provides 20” payload performance in a 15” payload. The heart of the system is a large multi-spectral imaging system that combines multiple cameras into one, allowing it to significantly improve performance without increasing size and weight. SPECTRO XR implements up to 9 advanced and fully digital sensors (Medium Wavelength Infrared – MWIR, Visible and Near Infrared – VNIR and Shortwave Infrared – SWIR) and lasers with a very high level of stabilisation, providing users with high performance in adverse weather conditions. The modular design enables users to select the configuration best suited to their needs, both in terms of performance and cost.

The system can be installed on a variety of platforms including: rotary and fixed-wing airborne platforms, aerostats, naval vessels and land applications. A wide variety of command and control interfaces enable simple integration of the SPECTRO XR with various systems onboard such as mission computers, radar, data-links and helmet-mounted tracking systems. Inherent in the SPECTRO XR system are additional features such as GPS, DVR and moving map that can provide a cost effective avionics upgrade with minimal space, weight and integration efforts.

SPECTRO XR implements image fusion, auto image enhancement, augmented reality, multi-layered pictures and geo-location as a working method to reduce operator workload. This unique combination of characteristics, along with advanced mission capabilities, make it suitable for missions such as surveillance, targeting and fire control as well as search and rescue.

Elbit Systems has made full use of its in-house capabilities of sensors, lasers and system technologies to enable maximum performance within a small and lightweight envelope, implementing the most cost effective production and quality control processes. SPECTRO XR was designed based on Elbit Systems’ 20 year legacy in developing EO payloads such as the AMPS strategic payload, the CoMPASS family, with more than 1,000 systems in operational use around the world today.

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