October 11, 2021
Teledyne FLIR has announced the launch of its ION M640x tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS). The American-designed, developed and manufactured UAS builds on the capabilities of the ION M440, and aims to provide military and other government customers with best-in-class capabilities for their unique missions.
The ION M640x includes a 640 by 512 infrared sensor that provides twice the resolution of similar UASs, and a near-infrared (NIR) laser illuminator. The NIR illuminator enables operators to pinpoint objects of interest for increased coordination and visibility for other mission participants. The M640x also includes new smart object tracking that lets operators 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.
“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 unnamed 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.”
The M640x evolved from the ION M440, and includes a 640 by 512 infrared sensor.
The M640x includes an open system architecture and utilizes a high-powered discrete mission computer for advanced autonomous functions. The system is also MAVLINK compliant and interoperable with Common Ground Control Stations (C-GCS), including the U.S. Army Tactical Open Ground Station Architecture. Weighing at about 4 pounds, the M640x is also rated for operation in demanding environments, including rain and wind.
The M640x evolved from 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. The M440 was developed by Atlavian Inc., which FLIR acquired in December 2020.
For more details on the company, visit the Teledyne FLIR website here.