Mil-Hardened High Resolution SWIR Camera: 1280J

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Sensors Unlimited - UTC Aerospace Systems' 1.3 Megapixel, Mil-Hard 1280J indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) video camera offers the highest sensitivity available in a military-hardened NIR-SWIR high resolution camera. This ruggedized, solid-state SWIR camera is ideal for persistent surveillance and other military, aerospace, and marine applications in low-light and daylight situations.

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Uncooled, lightweight (less than 125g), with no mechanical shutters, and very compact (<4.3 cu. in. total volume), the revolutionary 1280 J-series camera can easily fit on board most unmanned aerial and ground vehicle systems, hand-held, and/or mobile surveillance systems. The new camera operates in the shortwave infrared 0.9 - 1.7 µm spectral range, extended NIR-SWIR range from 0.7 - 1.7 µm, and will be certified to MIL- STD 810G.

The uncooled SWIR camera is available in two versions: one operates in the shortwave infrared from 0.9 µm to 1.7 µm spectral range; the other offers extended NIR-SWIR range from 0.7 µm to 1.7 µm. The cameras, which have no mechanical shutters, can image through fog, smoke, haze, or dusty conditions. From low-light to daylight, the ruggedized, solid-state SWIR cameras are ideal for persistent surveillance and other military, aerospace, and marine operations. Both OEM camera models integrate easily into existing gimbaled or handheld imaging systems, enabling visual verification of laser location and imaging during thermal crossover – the hours of sunrise and sunset – when the performance of traditional thermal imaging systems is degraded.

The on-board automatic gain control (AGC) and built-in non-uniformity corrections (NUCs) address the challenges of urban night imaging without blooming. Camera Link® digital output provides intuitive plug-and-play video operation with high quality 12-bit images for digital image processing or transmission.


  • Low-light level imaging
  • Covert surveillance with passive 24 hr/7 day operation
  • Multi-laser spotting and tracking
  • Imaging through atmospheric obscurants
  • OEM version for easy integration into UASs, handheld, or robotic systems
  • Driver Vision Enhancement (DVE)

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