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CTSI & Blue Wolf Develop New "ELK" Covert Lighting System to Provide Warfighters Visib

New Expeditionary Lighting Kit offers critical supplemental lighting to meet the needs of warfighters on the frontlines and ensure mission success

PATUXENT RIVER, Md.--CTSi and partner Blue Wolf recently completed Department of Defense (DoD) environmental testing of a newly developed covert lighting system for use in airborne, land and maritime missions. Designated the Expeditionary Lighting Kit or ELK, the system was created to provide a tactical lighting mission kit compatible with NVIS systems that can be installed on an “as needed” basis.

CTSi Just Revealed its New Portable Covert Lighting Platform for the Military - Here's why you should care:

“There are far too many critical mission operations that cannot be performed in contested battlefield environments due to the limitations of visibility currently available in the cargo compartment and ramp area of military aircraft,” said Tom Sanders, CTSi Managing Director. “The lighting solution we’ve created through a strategic partnership with Blue Wolf provides warfighters with independently controlled tri-mode lighting for sensitive missions.”

Unlike current static lighting systems that are designed to a specific airframe, ELK is a portable, universal, lightweight system built for easy implementation with no airframe upgrade required. The platform has a modular design allowing it to be scaled to fit any airframe envelope and can be modified for use in cargo and ramp areas of maritime vessels and ground vehicles.

"The covertness of this lighting system, along with its universal, zero impact of installation capabilities makes ELK an essential part of any mission requiring close operation to enemy forces," said Ty Plowman, President of Blue Wolf. "With the successful DoD environmental testing, we are confident this ruggedized military lighting system will be a welcome addition across multiple platforms and uses for our servicemen and women on the front lines in any given situation."

ELK provides up to four zones of independently controlled White, NVG-Compatible or IR lighting to ensure military operations remain concealed from enemy line of sight during transport.

To learn more about the Expeditionary Covert Lighting System, please contact


CTSi is a small business specializing in integrated solutions to challenging technical problems. With 2017 sales over $30M and a solid SBIR track record, CTSi is positioned for rapid growth to meet emerging demand within the U.S. DoD for new technologies. See more about CTSi at

Blue Wolf

Blue Wolf is a leader in the design and manufacturing of Night Vision Compatible LED lighting solutions (NVG/NVIS) and products supporting military, border patrol and law-enforcement agencies, worldwide. With subject matter expertise, we build the highest quality, ruggedized NVIS and IR lights for OEM line-fit as well as fleet retrofit and upgrades to the latest NVG/NVIS standards or general lighting needs. We design night vision goggle friendly lighting across most aircraft, watercraft and ground vehicles platforms. For more information on Blue Wolf, visit

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For CTSi Brian Kelley, 703-533-1618

For Blue Wolf Mark Sidebottom, 208-353-4424

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