Next-Generation Tactical Quadcopter Introduced

By Mike Ball / 14 Oct 2021
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Teledyne FLIR has launched the ION M640x tactical UAS (unmanned aerial system), featuring a 640×512 infrared sensor and a Near-Infrared (NIR) laser illuminator. Designed for military and government customers, the new quadcopter is an evolution of the ION M440, one of the original five UAS platforms approved by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Blue sUAS program.

The aircraft’s NIR illuminator enables operators to pinpoint objects of interest for increased coordination and visibility for other mission participants. The system also includes an all-new smart object tracking function 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 ION M640x is built around an open systems architecture, utilizing 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). Easily rucksack portable at about 4 pounds, the M640x is rated for operation in demanding environments, including rain and wind.

Thomas Rambo, senior director of Unmanned and Integrated Solutions at Teledyne FLIR, commented: “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. 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.”

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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