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Using Thermal Camera Cores For Reconnaissance Robots Reconnaissance robots are controlled remotely, which allows for access into normally inaccessible sites and reduces risks for users. The FENIX from PIAP is a light reconnaissance robot designed for detecting threats, and can observe, lift, and neutralize dangerous loads, and transport sabotage equipment.  Continue Reading...
Solving 360° Perimeter Security With an increase in global conflicts and threats, perimeter security and the protection of critical infrastructures, borders, harbors, and other territories has become much more important. Xenics’ 360° surveillance system, based on the Gobi-640 thermal camera, is an efficient and cost-friendly monitoring solution to keep properties safe, both day and night. This application note introduces the FOVEA system and discusses its ability to...  Continue Reading...
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task
Solving A Difficult Military Beam Alignment Task Laser systems used in the periscope of a nuclear-powered submarine providing on-board instrumentation that offers accurate pitch, yaw, and roll data. As a result of the critical nature of this information, the burden is placed on the quality of the laser beam, its size, its shape, and its intensity.   Continue Reading...
Defense Applications For SWIR InGaAs Cameras The SWIR InGaAs camera is an ideal option for many defense applications due to key performance features such as an uncooled, small, lightweight design, sensitivity to nightglow, and attached covert eye-safe lasers. Unlike LWIR and MWIR imagers, SWIR imagers are able to see reflected light, and can offer close representations of what is seen in the visible spectrum. This application note provides an overview on many applications that SWIR InGaAs...  Continue Reading...
Designing A New Optical Projection Device For Military Pilots
Designing A New Optical Projection Device For Military Pilots When the Department of Defense decided its landscape flight simulators to train pilots required too large a display, too large an enclosure space, and felt a bit antiquated in general, the DoD looked for a helmet –mounted simulation solution to replace the traditional rear-projection screens they were using.  Continue Reading...
Visionary Developments In Military And Defence Surveillance
Visionary Developments In Military And Defence Surveillance Sight is the most advanced and dominant human sense, and it is estimated that 25% of the brain is dedicated to the processing of images. The brain even prefers to ‘visualise’ problems and see information pictorially, as vision is so central to the way in which the world is perceived. By Steve Parker, PhD, and Fan Wu, PhD, RFEL  Continue Reading...
Understanding Optical Coatings For Military Applications Virtually all optical components used in military applications, such as target designation, rangefinding and IR countermeasures, employ thin film coatings to somehow modify their transmission and reflection characteristics. Yet, despite their ubiquity, many military system designers are not familiar with the commonly encountered tradeoffs in thin film design, or with the characteristics of various coating deposition technologies. As a result, ...  Continue Reading...
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MILITARY & DEFENSE NEWS

  • Blighter Unveils Man-Portable Radar/Camera System

    Blighter Surveillance Systems Ltd (http://www.blighter.com ), a British electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and sensor solution provider, has unveiled Blighter® Explorer Nexus, a fully integrated, battery operated, man portable radar/camera surveillance system.

  • Raptor Launches New OWL 1280 VIS-SWIR (InGaAs) HD Format Camera
    Raptor Launches New OWL 1280 VIS-SWIR (InGaAs) HD Format Camera

    Raptor Photonics recently launched an additional member to its family of Visible SWIR cameras with the OWL 1280, offering HD resolution for high end long range surveillance, scientific and astronomy applications.

  • Georgia Tech Applies Photonics To Boost U.S. Electronic Warfare Capability
    Georgia Tech Applies Photonics To Boost U.S. Electronic Warfare Capability

    Researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are utilizing novel photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and other light-based technologies to enhance U.S. electronic warfare (EW) capabilities. Photonics-based technologies offer several advantages over traditional radio frequency (RF) systems in achieving this end.

  • US, UK Military Ready Prototypes For Laser Weapon Systems
    US, UK Military Ready Prototypes For Laser Weapon Systems

    The United States and United Kingdom militaries have announced separate deals to develop and deploy laser weapons aboard naval ships.

  • Xenics Receives Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) Determination For Multiple ITAR Restricted Cameras

    Xenics has recently been granted Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) approval for many of their ITAR restricted infrared cameras. This new CJ means that all SWIR cameras supplied by Xenics are now ITAR-free in the United States.

  • EU FP7 Double Acquisition For Gooch & Housego In The Aerospace And Defense Sector

    Gooch & Housego PLC announces that it has completed two acquisitions that further strengthen the company’s Aerospace & Defence manufacturing abilities.  They have acquired Kent Periscopes Ltd, a UK based specialist supplier of periscopes, vehicle sights and related equipment for land based armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), and Alfalight Inc, a Madison, Wisconsin based designer and manufacturer of high reliability, rugged laser based, electro-optic systems for defence and security applications.

  • Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras Have Double The Memory At 32GB
    Photron’s FASTCAM Mini AX, UX, And WX High Speed Cameras Have Double The Memory At 32GB

    ­­­­­Photron, Inc. recently announced the new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB. Photron’s recently introduced product families are also renowned for their remarkable light sensitivity.

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MILITARY & DEFENSE VIDEOS

  • Gooch & Housego Aspherical And Spherical Optics For Commercial And Military Imaging Applications
    Gooch & Housego Aspherical And Spherical Optics For Commercial And Military Imaging Applications

    Gooch & Housego manufactures precision optical components in numerous aspherical and spherical shapes, and in a wide variety of materials for commercial and military imaging applications. Each optic is completely manufactured and coated in-house via traditional methods, and modern, high-technology methods such as MRF and diamond turning techniques.

  • Hyperspectral Camera For Systems Integration
    Hyperspectral Camera For Systems Integration

    Telops has responded to the request of their customers for a smaller version of their Hyper-Cam hyperspectral camera and has miniaturized it enough so that it can be integrated into smaller systems and packages.

  • Diverse Catalog Of Aerospace And Defense Solutions
    Diverse Catalog Of Aerospace And Defense Solutions

    Craig Taylor with Qioptiq, an Excelitas Technologies Company spent some time with us on day two of the DSS exhibition to give us an overview of some of his division’s work in optical modules and systems used in the aerospace and defense markets. He then turns it over to Eric Desfonds with Excelitas so he could catch us up on some of their more recent product developments, including their newly launched N-type quadrant detectors.

  • SWIR Camera For Military And Industrial Imaging
    SWIR Camera For Military And Industrial Imaging

    Technology involving military and industrial imaging applications is prevalent at DSS this year, and Sensors Unlimited's was no exception. Check out the video to hear Bob Jones talk about two newer SWIR cameras for these two market segments, and what makes them a fit for each.

  • Very Small Optics And Assemblies For Defense And Medical Applications
    Very Small Optics And Assemblies For Defense And Medical Applications

    In this video, Precision Optics Corp president Joe Forkey gives us a brief overview of his company and then gives us a closer look at some of the things they featured at their Photonics West booth. 

  • Imaging Solutions From Life Sciences To Defense And Security Applications
    Imaging Solutions From Life Sciences To Defense And Security Applications

    At Photonics West 2014, Raptor Photonics had a variety of EMCCD, sCMOS, and CCD cameras on display. Their VP of sales and marketing Mark Donaghy gives us a closer look at the Kingfisher V 1940 x 1460 CCD camera.

  • Military Precision For Commercial Solutions
    Military Precision For Commercial Solutions

    In this video, Jim Hooker, from L-3 Applied Optics Center, gives us an overview of his company and their capabilities.

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