Friday, September 17, 2010

NightEagle UAV fields enhanced nighttime imagery

The NightEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Insitu Inc. in Bingen, Wash., is now fully integrated into combat operations after completing fielding of an upgraded mid-wave infrared (MWIR) imager payload. The upgrade was implemented into the end-user's existing in-theater NightEagle fleet and flew within a few days before the required date. The new configuration consists of upgrades to ground support equipment and new software. Implementation includes specialized in-field training.

Insitu responded to an urgent request to field the advanced MWIR imager, which, Insitu officials say. The new sensors were rapidly fielded through an in-theater upgrade kit implemented by Insitu deployed operations representatives. 

NightEagle's MWIR payload assures continued intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance coverage when dust and rain blind other infrared sensors. The MWIR imager payload has more continuous zoom and a wider range of articulation and field-of-regard.

"When the customer approached us with this critical need, we felt confident that we could successfully field the new NightEagle MWIR imager in theater," says Mary Margaret Evans, Insitu vice president of sustainment operations and general manager. "In less time than was expected of us, we delivered a mission-ready payload to meet the needs of the warfigher."

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