BAE unveils Hawkeye HWK1411 ultra low-light image CMOS sensor
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BAE unveils Hawkeye HWK1411 ultra low-light image CMOS sensor

13 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 13th, 2021 16:13)

The low-light CMOS sensor provides high-performance imaging capabilities in all light conditions.

BAE unveils Hawkeye HWK1411 ultra low-light image CMOS sensor
Soldiers executing a mission in low light conditions. Credit: Fort Bragg/Flickr.

BAE Systems has unveiled its back side-illuminated (BSI) Hawkeye HWK1411 ultra low-light image sensor.

The new 1.6-megapixel sensor features night vision capabilities with reduced size, weight, and power (SWaP).

It provides high-performance imaging capabilities in any kind of light conditions and is claimed to be optimal for battery-powered soldier systems and uncrewed platforms.

The low-light complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensor is also used in targeting and surveillance applications.

According to BAE Systems, HWK1411 is the first low-light CMOS sensor that can capture images in ‘overcast starlight’ environments.

It integrates a large photon-collection array with advanced light sensitivity, the ability to view small changes in contrast and minimised signal noise from electricity.

BAE Systems Sensor Solutions director Robyn Decker said: “HWK1411 replaces larger and heavier legacy technology, and allows the military market to transition to the digital domain, creating a path to next-gen systems for the future.

“Capturing digital images is the first step toward delivering data fusion and augmented reality technology that will transform how warfighters perceive the battle space in ultra low-light conditions.”

In addition to the Hawkeye sensor, BAE has developed a compact multichip camera module for simplification of camera integration.

The multichip camera module integrates the HWK1411 image sensor with a microprocessor, flash memory, a flexible cable for plug-and-play connectivity, as well as a high-performance glass lens.

Last month, BAE Systems won a contract to provide lifecycle sustainment and technical support for the Limited Interim Missile Warning System (LIMWS) programme.