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11 July 2016

Elbit Systems Launches SPECTRO XR Ultra Long-Range Multi-Spectral EO Payload

At the upcoming Farnborough Airshow 2016, Elbit Systems will launch SPECTRO XR (Extra Range), the latest and most advanced electro-optic (EO) payload developed by the company for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.

Elbit Systems' SPECTRO XR.

SPECTRO XR is an ultra long-range, day/night, multi-spectral EO ISTAR system that provides 20in payload performance in a 15in payload. The heart of the system is a large multi-spectral imaging system that combines multiple cameras into one, allowing it to significantly improve performance without increasing size and weight. SPECTRO XR implements up to nine advanced and fully digital sensors (Medium Wavelength Infrared - MWIR, Visible and Near Infrared - VNIR, and Shortwave Infrared – SWIR) and lasers with a very high level of stabilisation, providing users with high performance in adverse weather conditions. The modular design enables users to select the configuration best suited their needs, both in terms of performance and cost.

The system can be installed on a variety of platforms including: Rotary and fixed-wing airborne platforms, aerostats, naval vessels, and land applications. A wide variety of command and control interfaces enable easy integration of the SPECTRO XR with various systems onboard the platform, such as mission computers, radar, data-links and helmet-mounted tracking systems. Inherent in the SPECTRO XR system are additional features such as a GPS, DVR and moving map, that can provide a cost effective avionics upgrade with minimal space, weight and integration efforts.

SPECTRO XR implements miage fusion (SWIR, VNIR and MWIR), auto image enhancement, augmented reality, multi-layered pictures and geo-location as a working method to reduce operator workload. This unique combination of characteristics, along with advanced mission capabilities, make it ideal for missions such as surveillance, targeting and fire control as well as search and rescue.