FLIR Systems has unveiled the FLIR StormCaster family of UAS payloads for its SkyRanger R70 and R80D SkyRaider airframes.
The new line launches with two multi-sensor products –StormCaster-T, which delivers continuous zoom and longwave infrared (LWIR) imaging; and StormCaster-L, which provides ultra-low-light imaging, tracking, and mapping.
FLIR says the StormCaster represents the firm’s next generation payload family for the company’s own UAS airframes gained through the acquisition of Aeryon Labs in February 2019.
The new line reflects a leap forward in scalable performance, offering a 7x improvement in line-of-sight stabilization, enhanced range of motion, and greater geolocation accuracy – all in a rugged package.
Interoperability across the StormCaster family enables users to quickly and easily change modules on the FLIR SkyRanger and SkyRaider UAS systems.
David Ray, president of the government and defence business unit at FLIR, said: “StormCaster-L and –T are just the beginning of this new line of advanced, high-performance payloads for our small, tactical UAS platforms.”
Adding: “For mission needs ranging from force protection and border security to clandestine operations, FLIR StormCaster will provide heightened situational awareness, bolstered by our aircraft’s onboard, real-time artificial intelligence.
“We will develop more multi-sensor payloads through 2020 that deliver on our promise to offer capabilities at the individual operator level that previously required larger, more expensive UAS,” Ray added.