Airborne Video Systems for Air-to-Air Refueling.

Cameras for mission critical operations.

Glass-to-Glass Video Systems

Glass-to-Glass Video Systems

Enhanced AAR Vision System | A330 MRTT Tanker

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.

For various tanker platforms

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.


Enhanced AAR Vision System Components

AAR MRTT A330 with Kappa Cameras

AAR MRTT A330 with Kappa Cameras

Panoramic cameras
Pod/Wing tip cameras
3D boom cameras /HDU camera

Video management unit & Video recorder
High-resolution panoramic displays and 3D displays
Illuminators for night and covert operations
Enhanced vision for search & rescue

Technical Highlights

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



EN/AS 9100
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

Modular architecture of Kappa Enhanced Vision Systems

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
Single-frame latency
Panoramic and 3D displays
Full HD resolution for either panoramic or 3D view
Low latency
Dynamic image stitching to ensure permanent alignment of the panoramic and 3D images
Commercial off-the-shelf
Management unit/recorder
Low latency
Customizable software design that enables mission-critical overlays
Data encryption in accordance with the most recent certifi cation standards (AES256, RSA2048)
D0178 DAL C


System  Values
Day & night
for any lighting and weather conditions
unit /
can include mission-critical overlays and recordings for debriefing and training
and 3D

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


AAR Kappa Enhanced Vision System

AAR Kappa Enhanced Vision System, MRTT System components

Continued technological development with field experience – even at night

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.


AIRBUS awards 'Best Innovator Overall' 2019 for Defence and Space business to Kappa optronics

Kappa optronics receives the Best-in Class supplier award for its innovation activities on the A330 MRTT Boom Enhanced Vision System. The award winners had been selected from more than 10.000 AIRBUS suppliers. Thank you AIRBUS for the great recognition! 



Your Expert

Alejandro Prensa-Nieto

Tel.: +49.5508.974.202