Teledyne FLIR, a part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), introduced the launch of the ION™ M640x tactical Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). The American designed, developed, and manufactured UAS builds on the capabilities of the ION M440 (a Blue sUAS) and can present navy and different authorities prospects with best-in-class capabilities for his or her distinctive missions.
“Our confirmed, U.S.-based engineering experience and deal with protection and public security markets means our prospects are getting essentially the most safe and succesful UAS options,” stated Thomas Rambo, senior director of Unmanned and Integrated Solutions at Teledyne FLIR. “The ION M640x builds on our distinctive place as a home supplier of unmanned methods and sensing expertise and boasts excessive decision infrared imaging, sensible object monitoring, laser illumination, and industry-leading assist and repair.”
The ION M640x includes a 640×512 infrared sensor offering twice the decision of comparable UAS, and a Near-Infrared (NIR) laser illuminator. The NIR illuminator permits operators to pinpoint objects of curiosity for elevated coordination and visibility for different mission members. ION M640x additionally consists of all-new sensible object monitoring that permits operators to designate an object for the plane to detect and monitor whereas it strikes. Other new options embrace an SD card to simply retrieve pictures and video recorded throughout flight, in addition to tri-band radio capabilities.
Open system structure is one other key characteristic of the ION M640x, and the system makes use of a high-powered discrete mission pc for superior autonomous features. It can be MAVLINK compliant and interoperable with Common Ground Control Stations (C-GCS), together with the U.S. Army Tactical Open Ground Station Architecture (TOGA). Easily rucksack moveable at about 4 kilos, the M640x is rated for operation in demanding environments, together with rain and wind.
The ION M640x is developed from the ION M440, one of many authentic 5 UAS platforms accredited by the U.S. Department of Defense beneath the Blue sUAS program, on the market to U.S. navy and federal companies. The M440 was developed by Gainesville, Florida-based Altavian Inc., which FLIR acquired in December 2020.
Leveraging Teledyne FLIR’s longstanding status as a trusted supplier of unmanned methods for navy and public security organizations, the ION M640x is backed by the corporate’s world class requirements for service, coaching, and technical assist.