BrightNite Vision System : Enhance helicopter pilot visibility in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) flight conditions

BrightNite is a multi-spectral end to end panoramic piloting solution that delivers the essential data directly to both eyes of the pilot, enabling intuitive flight in a head-up, eyes-out orientation in pitch dark and other DVE conditions. Photo: Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems received the first order for the new BrightNite vision system, a system designed to enhance helicopter pilot visibility and situational awareness in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) flight conditions.

The $17 million contract received from an unnamed NATO country will deliver an unspecified number of BrightNite multi spectral sensor and image processing systems to be integrated and installed on the customers’ helicopters.

BrightNite systems enable helicopter pilots to operate safely in more than 90% of the nights, including in DVE and adverse weather conditions limiting other helicopter operations.

Elbit Systems will deliver the systems over a period of 30 months.

Low-flying helicopters are especially vulnerable to threats such as difficult terrain, enemy fire and obstacles in the flight path.

Sorties must be performed both day and night and often carried out in DVE conditions, adding to the already heavy workload.

Prior to BrightNite, flight crews have had to rely on night vision goggles (which have limited capabilities) to accomplish their mission. Factors like complete darkness, poor weather conditions, brownouts, whiteouts and sandstorms often limit the pilots’ Field of View (FOV) usingthese vision devices.

The BrightNite system developed by Elbit Systems adds a multi-spectral, multi-sensor array (fusing multiple day and night, thermal cameras) installed in the helicopter’s nose, to obtain a panoramic picture of a 200 degree arc in front of the pilot.

This picture is displayed in real-time to the pilots using binocular display.

This piloting solution delivers the landscape scenery directly to both eyes of the pilot, added with 2D flight Symbology and 3D mission symbology layers superimposed on the outside terrain. With such a display BrightNite, enables intuitive head-up eyes-out orientation flight in pitch dark and other low visibility landing conditions, including Elbit Systems’ unique brownout symbology.

By projecting the outside world’s data on the pilot’s helmet – Brightnite enables helicopter pilots to fly in a Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), in adverse weather conditions and in more than 90% of the nights. Photo: Elbit Systems


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