Israel-based aerospace supplier Elbit Systems and infrared and ultraviolet specialist Nicarnica are to receive funding from the EU to develop a new volcanic ash detection technology for commercial aircraft.
The project, which sees Nicarnica’s volcanic imaging detector technology incorporated into Elbit’s ClearVision enhanced vision system, has won a share of €1.1bn ($1.3bn) of finance from the Eurostars programme.
The scheme is offering support for international partnerships between SMEs to develop innovative new products.
Elbit and Nicarnia’s project previously won support from the Norwegian Research Council and Israel’s Chief Scientist.
Elbit and Nicarnica claim that the technology could help airlines to cut maintenance costs and avoid delays caused by adverse flight conditions.