BAE Systems Introduces New Ultra-Low Light Image Sensor

British defense and aerospace company BAE Systems has unveiled its new HWK1411 ultra low light image sensor capable of delivering 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 Press release, the HWK1411 is the first low-light complementary metal-oxide semiconductor sensor capable of capturing images in “covered 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 in delivering augmented reality technology to the military. He also believes this development could transform how soldiers perceive the battlefield in low-light conditions.

“HWK1411 replaces larger and heavier legacy technology and enables the military market to move into the digital realm, paving the way for next-generation systems for the future,” the official explained.

Other developments

To simplify sensor camera integration, BAE Systems has developed a Multi-Chip Camera Module (MCM) that combines the HWK1411 image sensor with flash memory and a microprocessor.

The compact MCM also incorporates a flexible cable into the sensor for plug-and-play connectivity and a high-performance glass lens for an 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, suitable for operations against enemies with jammers and electronic disruptors.

BAE Systems is also working on identification friend-or-foe (IFF) technology which will be installed in the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The equipment is expected to improve the Air Force’s situational awareness in detecting friendly or hostile aircraft.

Michael C. Garrison