MIL-Star® Helipad Lights

The FEC Heliport's MIL-Star® is a portable, battery-powered, microprocessor controlled LED helipad lighting system designed for rapid deployment in temporary and emergency situations to provide safe and effective marking on a variety of terrains. The system is designed to support tactical night-time operations.

The lights feature White, Green, Blue and Red visible and Infra-Red (IR) LEDs. Colours, intensities, and a variety of flash patterns are pre-programmed and user selectable. A key feature of the lights is the ability to combine both visible and IR LEDs at the same time ensuring NVG (Night Vision Goggle) and non-NVG visibility.

MIL-Stars® incorporate UHF tranceivers for wireless control of groups of lights at a range of 50m (wireless Key Fob Controller) or 100m from Remote Lighting Controllers (RLC) fitted with the optional UHF transceivers and Mobile lighting Controllers (MLC).

The lights are IP65 rated and fitted with rubber soled, solid stainless steel bases weighted to ensure stability under the toughest rotor-wash conditions.

Operational features:

MIL-Star® are turned on and off and one of the five programs selected using a magnetic controller (two supplied in each case of lights). This is a quick way of performing the basic functions of the lights and ensures that the lights are robust and waterproof.

Wireless Setup: All MIL-Stars® are UHF wireless equiped enabling all parameters of the lights to be set by the user via a USB-UHF transceiver and PC Systems Managment Software (both supplied) using a standard Windows PC or laptop. Using simple menus, users select the colour and intensity of the lights and the flash pattern or special function to be performed for each program.

Steady mode: either white, green, blue, red or IR LEDs are lit at high, medium or low power levels. Typically in high, medium or low settings the battery will last 4, 6 or 8 hours respectively at constant light output.

Flash/Special Function: in the colour and intensity selected as above, the lights will perform a range of flash patterns, Morse codes (X or H), Dual mode – where both visible and IR  LEDs are on simultaneously or Stealth IR operation. Automatic switching at sunset and sunrise is also a standard option. Depending on the colour, light level and flash pattern the battery may last up to 30 hours.

Case and Charging:

Supplied as a set of eight in a robust 'Nanuk' resin case incorporating a power cable to simultaneously charge all 8 units while in the case from either mains at 100-240V AC or in vehicles at 13.5-28VDC. Each light has an integrated advanced charge management system to ensure optimum charging and battery condition and life. ‘Traffic Light’ LEDs indicate the state of charge of the battery and further LEDs give confirmation of correct charging.

MIL-Star® Set of 7 lights and MLC (top foam reversed to show antenna storage)


  • HEMS variant (HEMS-Star®) in yellow enclosures
  • Wireless Key Fob Controller (KFC) to enable wireless control of groups of lights
  • Wireless Remote Lighting Controller (RLC) to setup, test and control groups of lights (See Controller section of main menu)
  • Ground Spikes for in unstable ground or long grass deployment situations
  • up to 10 MIL-Star® lights and a Mobile Lighting Controller (MLC) can be accommodated in the HEMS-Station® enclosure/charger system.

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H/W V7.X Battery LED Helipad Lights (MIL-Star®)
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FCC & EU Certificates of Test included
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EU Compliance Statements added. Revised Program screens.

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Updated with 2,600mAh batteries (from 2,200mAh). Photometric results added


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HEMS-Star® and MIL-Star® are registered trademarks of FEC Heliports Wordwide.