The success of U.S. Army air and ground operations pivot on the ability to better “see” in degraded visual environments (DVEs). To that end, the Army demonstrated the latest in air reconnaissance at Kentucky’s Fort Campbell on November 16, 2020, according to a December 31st, 2020 news story in Army Aviation Magazine.
Areté provides the Army with an advanced DVE lidar that provides situational awareness during takeoff and landing using a multi-sensor fused image to assist in spotting potential hazards. The front-mounted, forward-facing DVE unit helps pilots see through poor weather conditions as well as sand storms and night.
The demonstration highlighted DVE capabilities as part of the U.S. Army’s overall strategies for its manned and unmanned aircraft systems over the coming decade. With regard to DVE, the Army plans to further exploit its situational awareness, continuing to modernize its ability “to deploy, fight, and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt and sustained land dominance,” thereby maintaining its overmatch against threats.