Advancing military forces on rapid deployment invariably land or drop tactical airborne forces at temporary landing sites, which might lack suitable lighting.
UK-based FEC Heliports Worldwide (Hall 6, Stand A390) is launching its MILStar portable battery-powered LED helipad lighting system at Eurosatory this week.
The MIL-Star system was designed to provide effective marking at designated temporary or emergency sites, allowing fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft to identify landing areas or drop zones at night at distances of up to 10 miles (16km).
Showing red, blue, green and white visible LEDs at programmable intensities, and infrared or a combination of a visible colour and infrared, MILStar can support pilots wearing night-vision goggles. It can also be programmed to flash in various modes, such as flash warning, location beacon or Morse code, and detects light levels for automatic switching on and off at sunset and sunrise.
The system consists of a portable case with up to eight landing lights, each weighing less than 1kg. They are rechargeable in the case via mains power at 100-240VAC, in vehicles at 13.5- 28VDC, solar or wind power. A drop-in charger cradle is located in the carrying case.
The MIL-Star is an IP65-rated light fitted with a rubber-soled stainless steel base to ensure stability under the toughest rotor-wash conditions. It recently achieved FCC certification for operation in the US, and CE certification for the EU.