Elbit to supply BrightNite systems to a Nato country


Elbit Systems has been contracted to supply multi-spectral BrightNite systems to an undisclosed air force in a Nato country.

The 30-month contract is valued at around $17m.

Designed to project the outside world's data on the pilot's helmet, Brightnite enables helicopter pilots to gain advanced operational capabilities by flying in a degraded visual environment (DVE), in adverse weather conditions and in more than 90% of the nights.

"The BrightNite revolutionary solution is suitable for a variety of missions such as Special Forces and search-and-rescue."

It incorporates 3D mission conformal symbology and serves multiple crew-members independently.

Elbit Systems president and CEO Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis said: “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."

The company said that low-flying helicopters are especially vulnerable to threats such as difficult terrain, enemy fire and obstacles in the flight path.

Factors like complete darkness, poor weather conditions, brownouts, whiteouts and sandstorms limit the pilots' field of view (FOV), the statement said.

The lightweight and compact night vision solution delivers an absolutely clear visual of the landscape, flight data and especially the mission data, directly to both eyes of the pilot, Elbit said in a statement.

Prior to BrightNite, flight crews have had to rely on night vision goggles to perform missions during night and in DVE conditions.