Israeli defence company Elbit Systems has introduced its next-generation advanced multi-sensor payload system (AMPS NG).
The capabilities of its multi-sensor payload have been extended with the shortwave infrared (SWIR) technology in addition to the existing day charge-coupled device (CCD) TV sensors, as well as a dual forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor design.
The AMPS NG is packed in the ‘widely fielded two line-replacement unit’ AMPS pod. It offers extended capabilities in all conditions and enhances observation performance even in limited visibility conditions.
During the latest flight tests conducted in Israel, the new system was able to produce high-resolution imagery of a soccer game in a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) channel from a 25km distance.
It was also able to generate aerial target tracking of the Hermes 900 in SWIR channel from dozens of kilometres.
Elbit stated that AMPS NG is fully qualified for extreme operational conditions.
Currently, the system is in the final integration stages and flight tests aboard an unmanned aircraft for a European airforce.
Elbit Systems said in a statement: “Similar to the legacy AMPS, the new system is optimised to enhance and increase the throughput of target intelligence production which is facilitated by autonomous navigation with an inertial system and GPS, as well as highly accurate geo-pointing and geo-location capabilities.
“AMPS NG is also suitable for a range of airborne intelligence stand-off and stand-in mission profiles and is ideal for use of both manned, as well as unmanned, aircraft (MALE and HALE UAS).”
Recently, Elbit Systems of America said it will provide the US Army with continued support and maintenance for the integrated helmet and display sighting system (IHADSS).