DRS-Powered UAV Thermal Imaging Payload Now Available


Arlington, Va.-based DRS Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, says the new Aquila Micro product from Liteye Systems Inc. is the first commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) thermal payload to receive a ‘Powered by DRS’ product accreditation.

With DRS Technologies' thermal imaging technology, the Aquila Micro was developed in collaboration with Unmanned Experts Inc. and is the first in the new line of thermal imaging UAV payloads from Liteye Systems.

The ‘Powered by DRS Technologies’ accreditation is available only to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that collaborate with DRS. The equipment supplied by DRS and inserted in an OEM’s product includes infrared camera modules and detectors.

Liteye Systems, a designer and manufacturer of covert thermal cameras, and Unmanned Experts, a provider of unmanned consultancy, training and services, teamed to design a thermal payload with simplified integration into UAVs. The Aquila Micro ‘Powered by DRS’ integrates Tamarisk thermal camera cores from DRS into a flexible system with thermal image clarity.

Liteye Systems has begun shipping to pre-booked customers and is taking additional orders immediately.

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