Defense & Security

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) is a crucial application area for hyperspectral imaging, and Headwall is there with instruments to meet every challenge…from airborne to ground-based and handheld.

Regardless of the method of deployment, hyperspectral sensing for ISR must exhibit these characteristics:

  • Wide field of view

  • Exceptional spatial and spectral resolution

  • Outstanding signal-to-noise

Headwall meets all three by using the science of diffractive optics in every sensor it builds. Diffractive optics delivers precision, but it also means fewer moving parts. This helps optimize size, weight, and power (SWaP), which is particularly critical for airborne applications where payload restrictions exist.

There are three main areas where Headwall’s sensors are commonly used for defense and security applications. The first is airborne, often involving high- and mid-altitude aircraft, where a wide field-of-view with outstanding spectral fidelity can deliver situational advantage.

The second area is tactical, where sensors placed aboard small UAVs and UGVs can deliver instantaneous hyperspectral information as a means of achieving specific mission objectives. The key here is minimized sensor size and weight to meet payload restrictions.

The third area is ground-based, where sensors placed aboard masts or vehicles can survey terrain for anything that matches the chemical or biological spectral signatures loaded into each instrument. Headwall’s innovative solutions, available in pan-and-tilt or point-and-stare configurations, help keep our valuable troops and assets safer than ever.

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An Experienced Partner

Headwall Photonics has been active in working with many federal agencies, prime contractors, and system integrators to design, manufacture, and deploy advanced, high performance spectral imaging and other optical solutions for both civilian and military agencies. With successful experience working with such organizations as NASA, Naval Research Labs, and US Army NVESD, Headwall has developed spectral solutions specifically designed for imaging in harsh environments.

These military/defense departments and civilian agencies have deployed products ranging from customized holographic gratings with requirements for high environmental stability and small form factor to very sophisticated hyperspectral imaging solutions based on Headwall's patented, aberration-corrected platform.

Headwall Photonics has a Trading Partner Profile (TPP) listed In the Defense Logistics Agency's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. Our commercial and government entity (CAGE) code is 3G2V7.

Headwall is also an active participant in the Federal government's SBIR/STTR programs for DoD and Homeland Security project opportunities as well as the Electro-Optics Alliance, a national resource center partnering with the government.