Elbit Systems has unveiled the next generation of its Advanced Multi-Sensor Payload System (AMPS™ NG), adding Shortwave Infrared (SWIR) technology to the existing day Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) TV sensors and a unique, highly capable, dual FLIR sensor design.
Packed in the widely fielded two Line-Replacement Unit (LRU) AMPS pod, the AMPS NG offers extended capabilities in all conditions, dramatically extending observation performance in limited visibility conditions, using its SWIR channel to effectively overcome high humidity, smoke or dust. In recent flight tests that were conducted in Israel, the new system was able to produce high resolution imagery of a football game in MWIR channel from a distance of 25km and aerial target tracking of the HERMES 900 in SWIR channel from dozens of kilometres.
AMPS NG is fully qualified for extreme operational conditions and is in final integration stages and flight tests onboard a UAV for a European Air Force.
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 with both manned, and unmanned, aircraft.