Airborne imaging system to help in hunt for IEDs

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has successfully completed a flight test of its Nightlighter airborne imaging system, company officials said in a news release.

A prototype Nightlighter system was successfully flight tested and demonstrated on a Twin Otter aircraft during the Olympus Flight Test sponsored by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization at China Lake, Calif., the announcement said. The company is developing a program to deploy the system on King Air 350 aircraft.

Nightlighter is a high-altitude airborne imaging system designed to detect IEDs and other implanted devices along roads and other routes of travel, the announcement said. It does this through the use of standard cameras for operation in daylight and advanced night imaging technology to collect imagery under darkness.

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