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Elbit Systems receives BrightNite order

17th January 2017 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Elbit Systems will supply its multi spectral BrightNite system to an unnamed NATO air force, the company announced on 17 January. The 30 month contract is valued at $17 million.

BrightNite is a multi-spectral panoramic piloting solution that delivers the landscape scenery directly to both eyes of helicopter pilots, enabling intuitive head-up eyes-out orientation flight in pitch dark and other low visibility landing conditions. With 2D flight Symbology and 3D mission symbology, the scenery picture is driven from the multi-spectral sensor which fuses multiple day and night cameras into one crystal clear very intuitive piloting picture regardless of outer light conditions.

The system is designed to enable low-flying helicopters to fly safely in difficult terrain, enemy fire and obstacles in the flight path in day/night and degraded visual environment conditions. 

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, president and CEO of Elbit Systems, said: ‘We are proud to have won this contract which enables helicopter pilots to gain highly advanced operational capabilities by flying in more than 90% of the nights and in adverse weather conditions. 

‘The BrightNite revolutionary solution is suitable for a variety of missions such as special forces and search and rescue. Given the important role helicopters are playing in the modern battlefield and the necessity of operating at night, we hope other customers will follow this selection by a NATO country’s air force.’

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