Thermal Surveillance System Launched for Counter-UAS Applications

By Mike Ball / 11 Mar 2020

FLIR Ranger HDC thermal surveillance system

FLIR Systems has announced the launch of the FLIR Ranger HDC MR, a high-definition midrange surveillance system designed for applications such as counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) defense. The system is designed to be interfaced with other sensors and provides reliable performance even under harsh weather conditions.

Featuring a high-definition thermal imager with a 1280 x 720 detector and a 1920 x 1080 HD color TV camera, the Ranger HDC MR uses embedded analytics and image processing to reduce the cognitive workload of operators and allowing rapid distinguishing between true threats and false alarms. The system is equipped with a built-in fog filter, as well as an optional Merlin ASX turbulence filter that allows for more accurate target classification through heat/air turbulence.

The Ranger HDC MR can be further upgraded with on-board AI-based image processing for faster decision-making. The system also makes use of an advanced cybersecurity tool that lowers risk by scanning each software release to help ensure the system is protected from cyber-attacks.

David Ray, president of the Government & Defense Technologies business at FLIR, commented: “Whether securing borders, ports, facilities or troops, the FLIR Ranger HDC MR delivers a new level of surveillance so operators can act fast against threats. This new system can eliminate days of inefficient surveillance by using on-the-edge technology to see through poor weather conditions, increasing up-time. Our powerful Ranger HDC MR offers customers a cost-effective solution that boosts mission success.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact