Military Embedded Systems

FLIR sensors to equip U.S. Army vehicles


March 18, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Raytheon.

TUCSON, Ariz. Raytheon Company has developed, manufactured, and delivered the 3rd GEN Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) sensor system under a U.S. Army contract awarded in 2016. FLIR system is designed to give soldiers four fields of view and the ability to see across long- and mid-wave IR bands simultaneously with a stabilized line of sight.

FLIR is an advanced targeting system that uses heat, not light, to see through contested environments to perform targeting, reconnaissance, and fire support. Second generation systems allow soldiers to see the battlefield with just two fields of view and far less clarity.

Existing Army platforms have second generation sighting systems designed for each vehicle. According to the company, Raytheon's new 3rd GEN FLIR systems will support all next-generation interfaces, offering a common thermal sighting system across all vehicle types.

Raytheon has provided FLIR sensors to the U.S. and allied nations.


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