Military Embedded Systems

MKS Instruments unveils new UAS-capable miniaturized zoom lens at AUVSI Xponential 2021


August 16, 2021

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2021--ATLANTA. MKS Instruments, has announced the availability of the Ophir LightIR 16-180mm MWIR f/3.6 continuous zoom lens, the newest member of the LightIR family of lightweight, long-range, motorized continuous zoom lenses that can be optimized for use on small unmanned aerial systems (UASs), at the AUVSI Xponential event, held August 16-19 in Atlanta. 

The LightIR 16-180mm f/3.6 is a compact, thermal imaging lens optimized for smaller size 10µm pitch VGA FPA (focal plane array) detectors that incorporates a folded optics design that significantly reduces the length of the lens so as to reduce the overall size and weight of the optical system in which it is incorporated. According to a company announcement, the lens is 65% smaller than existing MWIR (medium wave infrared) 10µm VGA lenses, which makes it suitable for use in applications that call for reduced SWaP [size, weight, and power], including tactical UAS and micro-/mini-tactical payloads in the defense, homeland security, and commercial markets. 

Visit MKS Instruments at Booth 2257 at AUVSI Xponential.


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