PRESS RELEASE: AIR BASES CAN CONDUCT NIGHT VISION GOGGLE (NVG) OPERATIONS ANY TIME USING PERMANENT INFRARED RUNWAY LIGHTS
August 26, 2005
Carmanah has received an order from the US Air National Guard and US AIR Force for 60 units of the A702-IR infrared runway lights (with new manual switch for programming) to be installed on two combat runways for Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations in St. Joseph’s, Missouri and Altus, Oklahoma. These orders include all of the A702-IR stake mount accessories, stakes, couplings, base plates and bolts.
Both Air Bases required maintenance-free, infrared runway lighting systems to train for overseas infrared covert landing operations. The US Air National Guard saw the benefits in not having to charge or replace batteries, as well as the zero-power infrastructure. In the past, airfield crews have had to physically place the lights in the field each time they wished to conduct a nighttime operation and then take them out of service at the end of training to recharge batteries and replace bulbs. Carmanah’s A702-IR lights will be installed permanently, eliminating battery and bulb replacement, while operating maintenance free for up to five years.
The A702-IR infrared runway solar-powered LED light is designed for covert defense operations using Night Vision Goggle (NVG) technology. NVG compatible and invisible to the naked eye, the A702-IR light can be detected from a distance of 6.5NM under clear conditions. This model offers a mechanical push button switch that provides two levels of “steady on” light intensity settings. A third setting can be selected for 60 flashes per minute and is specifically used during specific “Box and One” landing operations.
Carmanah A702-IR lights can be purchased with either omni-directional (360°) or 180° output with each Air Force base installing one of these options.