Raytheon has developed and delivered the first-ever 3rd GEN FLIR™ sensor system under a U.S. Army contract awarded back in 2016.
This latest Forward-Looking Infrared, or FLIR, system gives soldiers four fields of view and the ability to see across long- and mid-wave IR bands simultaneously with a stabilized line of sight.
Forward-Looking Infrared, or FLIR, gives operators the ability to perform targeting, reconnaissance and fire support under the cloak of darkness, enabling them to “own the night.”
The system can peer through dust storms and allow operators to see enemies in hiding and capture high-resolution pictures without compromising their positions.
“Making the leap from 2nd to 3rd Generation FLIR is like moving from a standard tube television to high-definition 8K,” said Sam Deneke, Raytheon Land Warfare Systems vice president. “This breakthrough technology enables U.S. and allied troops to own the night with more detail and precision than ever before.”
Currently, US Army platforms have second generation sighting systems designed for each vehicle. Second generation systems allow soldiers to see the battlefield with just two fields of view and far less clarity.
Raytheon’s new 3rd GEN FLIR systems will support all next-generation interfaces, offering a common thermal sighting system across all vehicle types.
Raytheon’s new 3rd GEN FLIR system key features
- Determining intent – 3rd GEN FLIR promises to bring a new kind of situational awareness to users. In low-visibility conditions, operators will be able to tell if the person lurking is holding a deadly rocket-propelled grenade or just a shovel.
- Protecting troops – 3rd GEN FLIR provides high-definition resolution and magnification with increased precision from much greater distances.
- Creating overmatch – 3rd GEN FLIR will reduce down time and give forces a critical battlefield edge.
- Innovative, cost-effective approach – 3rd GEN FLIR enables an upgrade of existing thermal sights that is cost effective and delivers twice the performance.
- Reducing the weight troops carry – 3rd GEN FLIR sights weigh 50 percent less than today’s fielded models and deliver superior performance.