BAE Announces Hawkeye HWK1411 Ultra-Low Illumination Image CMOS Sensor

A soldier performing a mission in a dark place. Credits: Fort Bragg / Flickr.

BAE Systems has announced a back-illuminated (BSI) Hawkeye HWK1411 ultra-low light image sensor.

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

It provides high-performance imaging capabilities in all types of light conditions and is said to be ideal for battery-powered soldier systems and unmanned spacecraft.


Low-light complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensors are also used in targeting and surveillance applications.

According to BAE Systems, the HWK1411 is the first low-light CMOS sensor to capture images in a “dull starlight” environment.

It integrates high light sensitivity, the ability to display small changes in contrast, and a large photon collection array with minimal signal noise from electricity.

Robyn Decker, director of BAE Systems Sensor Solutions, said:

“Capturing digital images is the first step in providing data fusion and augmented reality technology, transforming the way fighters perceive combat space in ultra-low light conditions.”

In addition to the Hawkeye sensor, BAE has developed a compact multi-chip camera module to simplify camera integration.

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

Last month, BAE Systems Contract to provide life cycle maintenance and technical support For the Limited Provisional Missile Warning System (LIMWS) program. BAE Announces Hawkeye HWK1411 Ultra-Low Illumination Image CMOS Sensor

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