Headwall & Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Awarded Contract for High-Endurance Fixed-Wing Hyperspectral Imaging UAV for Wide Area Precision Agriculture

Project funded in part by the BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation

Bolton, MA – August 1, 2019 –Headwall, the industry leader in turnkey hyperspectral imaging solutions for remote sensing and precision agriculture, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), a leader in UAV technology, announced that a project valued at  approximately $1 million USD for large-scale precision agriculture has been awarded by the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to develop a high endurance UAV and hyperspectral imaging solution for agricultural customers with thousands of hectares of crops.

Image courtesy Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI); drone over agricultural fieldDevelopment of the Precision Agriculture Decision Support System will utilize a custom-designed and manufactured wide-area hyperspectral imaging payload and a fixed-wing UAV designed for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) missions, as well as analytics that allow accurate assessment of crop and soil conditions as well as crop disease over a wide area with high resolution and positional accuracy.

“Headwall has always strived for commercialization of advanced spectral imaging technology for the benefit of customers worldwide,” David Bannon, CEO of Headwall commented. “IAI combines rugged and reliable military technology with commercial know-how for this project to assist farmers with decisions based on comprehensive yet rapid reports made possible by our sensor systems. Deployment of high endurance solutions for wide area data acquisition integrated with advanced hyperspectral and multispectral sensors is a game changer for the agriculture industry”.

Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority.

Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors said, “The U.S. is one of Israel's major partners for innovation. We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with the BIRD Foundation that has resulted in such spectacular successes over the decades and numerous groundbreaking technological innovations offered by both Israeli and U.S recipients of the grant. We are confident that this year's grant recipients in the various fields and the new projects approved will prove vital for the population worldwide.”

About Headwall

Headwall Photonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of spectral instrumentation for remote sensing, advanced machine vision, and government/defense markets. With a worldwide base of end-user and OEM customers, Headwall enjoys a market leadership position through the design and manufacture of spectral solutions that are customized for application-specific performance. The Company is based in Massachusetts where it has two locations (Bolton and Fitchburg). European operations (Headwall BVBA) are located near Brussels, Belgium.

About IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is a leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains – providing customers with tailored, cutting-edge solutions in the unique challenges that they face. IAI provides a wide range of solutions and services from special mission aircraft to advanced unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

About the BIRD Foundation

The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage and facilitate cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies in a wide range of technology sectors and offers funding to selected projects.

For more information, please contact:

Ross Nakatsuji, Headwall Marketing Communications

580 Main Street

Bolton, Massachusetts 01740



Headwall Extends Global Reach in Singapore/Malaysia and Israel

Fitchburg, MA, April 2, 2014 - Headwall has responded to rapidly growing demand for its advanced hyperspectral sensors by adding reseller partners in both Singapore/Malaysia and Israel. The moves come as Headwall is poised to unveil new hyperspectral sensors that address key market opportunities.


cadence militramBoth markets represent rapidly growing ones for Headwall, explained CEO David Bannon. “The hyperspectral sensor market is growing and evolving with a clear need for high performance, application-specific instruments at affordable price points.” The Company will be introducing several new products during 2014 and the newly added partners fit strategic geographic needs. “From ground to space, the markets and application areas for hyperspectral imaging are growing very rapidly; these additions are in response to that.”


For the Singapore/Malaysia region, Headwall has named Singapore-based Cadence Technologies ( as partner. Staffed with strong engineering personnel, Cadence will be able to rapidly respond to sales opportunities in markets as varied as advanced machine vision and airborne remote sensing. “We are tremendously pleased to announce our partnership with Headwall in the Singapore and Malaysia region,” stated Mr. Chen Chong. “The interest in and demand for hyperspectral imaging solutions has never been stronger, and we’ll now be able to offer our customers the industry’s best-performing end-to-end solutions.”


For Israel, Headwall is aligning with Militram Futuristic Technologies located in Herzliya ( With particular strength in Sigint, EW, optics, and lasers, Militram is extremely pleased to add hyperspectral imaging to its range of solutions. “We are asked about hyperspectral imaging continually,” noted Militram Vice President of Business Development Mr. Elad Volfin. “Our partnership with Headwall now allows us to offer a range of high-performance spectral imaging solutions that is broader than anything currently available in Israel.”


The agreements with both Cadence and Militram are effective immediately.

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