STARLIGHT: Illuminating the Way to Mission Success


Whatever the scenario – combat teams entering a hostile area, fighter aircraft approaching their targets in contested airspace, or rescue teams urgently looking for survivors of a disastrous event – the ability to acquire the right information, in the correct context, and on time, is universally recognized as an essential factor in mission success.

Paradoxically, intelligence information from radar, SIGINT, electro-optical and cyber intelligence systems has inundated today’s platoon leader, tank commander, pilot, naval weapons system officer, and rescue coordinator with large volumes of data that actually make quick and effective decision making more difficult. Whereas in the past the acquisition of a specific high-quality intelligence item was an exceptional event, today’s multitude of advanced sensors and systems provide an endless flow of raw intelligence material. Unless this data is quickly and effectively processed, key information may be obscured by the concurrent clutter and noise.

At the same time, the battlefield has become more complex, hybrid and dynamic. Reacting to the sensor rich environment that has made modern combat deadlier than ever, adversaries are careful to lower their signature and increase mobility, endeavoring to present only fleeting targets that are more difficult to detect and identify. These issues are further exacerbated when extreme terrain and weather provide additional cover. To surmount these challenges every iota of relevant information from every available source must be exploited in the effort to create the clear and accurate intelligence picture required for decisive action.

Recognizing the need to better capitalize on the vast amounts of available multi-domain sensor data, IAI’s subsidiary ELTA Systems Ltd, a division of IAI (IAI-ELTA), leveraged its five-decade heritage in intelligence and C4ISR applications to develop the battle proven ELS-8994 StarLight edata into useful, actionable intelligence, enabling decision makers to achieve information superiority and make effective decisions in real time. Utilizing the latest Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning techniques, the highly automated StarLight system performs with minimal demands on human resources.

StarLight leverages an incredibly wide range of inputs: space borne, airborne, naval and ground sensors covering RADARINT, IMINT, COMINT, ELINT, GEOINT, Full Motion Video (FMV), Launch Detection Systems (LDS), Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI), and even WEBINT & Open source intelligence.

An excellent example illustrating Starlight’s real operational advantages is the detection and identifying ground based missiles launchers. Utilizing a traditional approach, this crucial mission demands a huge intelligence effort involving multiple sensor platforms along with a large team of intelligence analysts to manually compare real time to historical data. Moreover, the intelligence team must elaborate their findings in a detailed intelligence report. The process can take many hours but on a dynamic battlefield, situations rapidly change and by the time this information is distributed the targets may have already moved or even disappeared.

In contrast, StarLight shortens the sensor to effector time to minutes and even seconds. Data interpretation is accomplished with the support of AI and machine learning, continuously improving efficiency and accuracy. Changes and anomalies are detected and investigated very quickly, with automated reports generated and distributed to give decision makers and stakeholders a cohesive, accurate intelligence picture that facilitates quick action.

StarLight dramatically shortens the intelligence analysis process, facilitating timely, effective responses to battlefield events. It economizes human resource requirements. It improves accuracy. It deals with multiple events simultaneously – more than opponents can generate within a given geographical area and time window. It automatically directs sensors to investigate events. And it frees intelligence experts to focus their resources on higher order issues. StarLight is ready with the right concept, experience, sensors and technology to take a leading position in your intelligence revolution.