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Our advanced electro-optic sensors are installed in fixed and rotary-wing platforms to enhance aircrew situational awareness and support Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

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Ferranti Technologies can provide a range of Electro-Optical (EO) sensors for installation on fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. These include:

Brightnite, which utilise uncooled forward looking infrared (FLIR) cameras and an ultra-wide panoramic Field of View (FOV), to provide a video image to pilot’s Head Mounted Display system or to a head down Multi-Function display. This video image, enriched with pre-loaded terrain and obstacle information and overlaid with our existing heads-up symbology solution, enables aircrew to operate in poor weather and to avoid man-made obstacles, such as power lines, buildings and landing zone hazards, and natural obstacles, such as terrain slopes.

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.

SkEye WAPS (Wide Area Persistent Surveillance) system is a fully operational airborne video surveillance system that provides ‘Google Earth’ type real-time video feeds – ‘video on demand’ – to multiple users. SkEye provides a video searchlight and spotlight capability in one sensor package. SkEye uses a multi-Giga pixel EO sensor packages and advanced video processing, management and storage that enables a range of features including automated exploitation of video data to provide real time tactical intelligence (Video Motion Detection, Safe Zone Smart etc) and ‘Back in Time’ Retrieval & Debriefing capability. SkEye can be fitted to fixed and rotary-wing aircraft and to Unmanned Air Systems.

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