Kappa’s Enhanced Vision System for air-to-air refueling combines rugged design refined through experience in harsh environments with mission proven state-of-the-art technology continuously developed and optimized in the AAR Vision System of the A330 MRTT tanker.
With more than 10 years of experience in equipping air tankers, enhanced vision systems from Kappa have consistently proven their value while continually raising the state of the art for AAR Vision.
Kappa AAR Vision Systems are perfectly suited for various tanker platforms. They have already been installed on the A330, A310, KC135, and are equally well suited for KC130, A400M, KC10, KC390 and more.
|Video management unit & Video recorder|
|High-resolution panoramic displays and 3D displays|
|Illuminators for night and covert operations|
|Enhanced vision for search & rescue|
|Full HD progressive Video|
|60-millisecond glass-to-glass latency|
|Open modular architecture with upscalable capabilities and module’s obsolescence management|
|State-of-the-art sensor technology with daytime color and nighttime monochrome images, both under various lighting and weather conditions|
|Low-latency, high definition enabling machine vision algorithms for Automated ARR.|
|Customer Specific Overlay Processing|
|COTS sensor-based cameras provide the best price-toperformance ratio with high resolution, frame rate and image quality under all conditions, while their modular technology ensures effi cient obsolescence management.|
|Illuminators and Covert Mode|
|MIL STD 704|
|FFF retrofit design /FAA Form 8130-3|
|In preparation: certification for Part 21 Subpart G, EAS Form/FAA Form 8310-3|
|IPMA certified Project Managers|
Kappa’s systems feature modular architecture that enables customized system design conforming to AAR configuration. They offer panoramic view for probe & drogue, HDU, or boom AAR configurations, are equipped with day & night cameras, illuminators including a covert operations mode (MIL-STD-3009 compliant) and an infrared mode to adapt to mission specifics.
|Day & night cameras|
|Military rugged design|
|DO178 DAL C|
|Panoramic and 3D displays|
|Full HD resolution for either panoramic or 3D view|
|Dynamic image stitching to ensure permanent alignment of the panoramic and 3D images|
|Customizable software design that enables mission-critical overlays|
|Data encryption in accordance with the most recent certifi cation standards (AES256, RSA2048)|
|D0178 DAL C|
|Day & night
|for any lighting and weather conditions|
|can include mission-critical overlays and recordings for debriefing and training
high resoltion for boom AAR applications
|for search & rescue using the pan and tilt platform, camera, and lighting for low-light ground operations.|
|Illuminators||for night and cover operations|
Kappa continues to develop system characteristics and components. Applying users’ field experience in recent years, management of image data has been optimized in connection with other system data to adapt to different customers and their specific application profiles and procedures. Vision technology has advanced, e.g., with active imaging. New February 2019: The tanker aircraft Airbus A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) will be upgraded to improve its in-flight refueling operations, even at night. Kappa optronics develops innovative panorama solution for proven Boom Enhanced Vision System. It encompasses vision systems for day and night vision and ergonomics are significantly improved.
This project was recognized by Airbus with their in-house award for project excellence.