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NEWS | Sept. 25, 2007

Air Mobility Battlelab’s ‘BrightEye’ initiative demonstrated, proven capable

By Master Sgt. Michael Harris Air Mobility Battlelab

The USAF Air Mobility Battlelab, or AMB, recently demonstrated the capabilities of the BrightEye Portable Solid-State LED Lighting System - an AMB initiative. 

The BrightEye is an advanced, portable, battery-powered, visible and covert lighting system developed by Cyberlux Corporation to address the rapid deployment lighting needs within the U.S. Armed Forces. Initially considered for expeditionary open-the-airbase lighting, the AMB unveiled the system may also be used for aircraft maintenance, expeditionary airbase force protection, general mission lighting and other high-intensity tactical lighting applications. 

According to the AMB mission statement, the AMB continuously seeks and rapidly demonstrates innovative ideas to improve the ability of mobility air forces to execute their core competencies. 

For its demonstration periods, the BrightEye was evaluated at both Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Fort Dix, N.J. Air Mobility Command expeditionary support equipment subject-matter experts participated in several scenarios to showcase BrightEye capabilities. 

Master Sgt. Gordon Mossman, from AMC's Expeditionary Mobility Operations Division at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., said, "The system would add very portable long-lasting light and an infrared capability that's not present at this time." 

The BrightEye uses solid-state semiconductors which consume 75-percent less energy than incandescent lighting elements and are projected to last for more than 20 years as compared to 750 hours for conventional bulbs. Using rechargeable battery technology could also save an estimated 63 percent in daily portable-lighting operating costs and could also reduce the Air Force's reliance on host nation resources. 

Feedback from the field demonstrations show the current portable generator-powered lighting options do not provide the absolute portability required for AMC's evolving expeditionary mission. Their bulky size, noise and energy consumption reduce AMC's ability to efficiently and expeditiously deploy support forces globally in any environment. 

Research also showed the Bright Eye is 97-percent smaller and weighs 94-percent less than the current diesel-powered incandescent lighting system. Its small size, weight and added infrared capability can "enhance AMC's ability to project air and space power" across all spectrums of expeditionary operations by minimizing the support footprint, maximizing the available aircraft cargo floor area and reducing the amount of airlift needed for rapid force projection. 

Overall, the Air Mobility Battlelab demonstrated a unique system capable of providing expeditionary forces across all armed services versatile, economical and portable lighting equipment. 

For more information visit the Air Mobility Battlelab Web site at