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Teledyne FLIR has released the ION M640x tactical Unmanned Aerial System featuring a near-infrared laser illuminator that enables operators to pinpoint objects of interest for increased coordination and visibility for other mission participants By DA Reporter / 26 Oct 2021
Teledyne FLIR ION M640x

Teledyne FLIR has launched the ION M640x tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), featuring a 640×512 infrared sensor and a Near-Infrared (NIR) laser illuminator. 

Designed for military and government customers, the ION M640x builds on the capabilities of the ION M440, one of the original five UAS platforms approved by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Blue sUAS program, for sale to U.S. military and federal agencies. 

“Our proven, U.S.-based engineering expertise and focus on defense and public safety markets means our customers are getting the most secure and capable UAS solutions,” said Thomas Rambo, senior director of Unmanned and Integrated Solutions at Teledyne FLIR. 

“The ION M640x builds on our unique position as a domestic provider of unmanned systems and sensing technology and boasts high resolution infrared imaging, smart object tracking, laser illumination, and industry-leading support and service.”

ION M640x’s NIR illuminator enables operators to pinpoint objects of interest for increased coordination and visibility for other mission participants. The system also includes all-new smart object tracking that enables operators to designate an object for the aircraft to detect and track while it moves. Other new features include an SD card to easily retrieve photos and video recorded during flight, as well as tri-band radio capabilities.

The system is built around an open system architecture, using a high-powered discrete mission computer for advanced autonomous functions. It is also MAVLINK compliant and interoperable with Common Ground Control Stations (C-GCS), including the U.S. Army Tactical Open Ground Station Architecture (TOGA). Weighing about 4 lbs, the ION M640x is easily rucksack portable and is rated for operation in demanding environments, including rain and wind.

Leveraging Teledyne FLIR’s longstanding reputation as a trusted provider of unmanned systems for military and public safety organizations, the ION M640x is backed by the company’s standards for service, training, and technical support.

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