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Elbit expands capabilities of mutli-sensor ISR payload

11th March 2021 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

AMPS NG system includes a short-wave IR channel, operating alongside TV cameras and dual FLIR sensors.

Elbit Systems has integrated a short-wave IR (SWIR) channel in the newest version of its Advanced Multi-Sensor Payload System (AMPS NG) for targeting and ISR.

The new system is now in ‘final integration stages and flight tests’ aboard a UAV operated by an unnamed European air force, Elbit announced on 10 March.

SWIR technology overcomes high humidity, smoke or dust. In AMPS NG it operates alongside day charge-coupled device TV cameras ‘and a unique, highly capable dual FLIR [forward-looking IR] sensor design’, the Israeli company added.

AMPS NG has undergone flight tests in Israel, in which it produced high resolution imagery of a football game in medium-wave IR channel from a distance of 25km and aerial target tracking of a Hermes 900 UAV in SWIR channel from dozens of kilometers.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the baseline AMPS includes autonomous navigation with an inertial system and GPS, geolocation and geo-pointing capabilities. 

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