UTC Aerospace Systems (Sensors Unlimited Products) announces a new mil-hardened, uncooled, InGaAs (indium gallium arsenide) SWIR (shortwave infrared) video camera for military applications. Small and ultra-compact, the high sensitivity 320HX video camera is designed for use in military imaging systems that are deployed and operate in harsh environments under extremely rugged conditions. Built on Goodrich’s highly successful KT camera platform, the 320HX also includes the recently announced image enhancement functions for backward compatibility in existing applications.
Shortwave infrared imaging systems, based on InGaAs technology, have the capability to image through atmospheric obscurants, such as haze, fog, smoke, and dust. This combines with the ability to image during daytime or nighttime, including “crossover” hours at dawn and dusk, making InGaAs-SWIR video cameras especially useful for surveillance in manned and unmanned airborne and/or ground systems. Also ideal for surveillance applications and marine intelligence tasks, the SU320HX solid-state camera is smaller, lighter weight and consumes much less power than cooled mid-wave or long-wave infrared imagers and the competing germanium-based IR cameras.