US-based UTC Aerospace Systems has unveiled its latest TASE250 optical payload system designed for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
The TASE250 is a lightweight, high-performance camera that is part of UTC’s operationally proven TASE family of payloads that have completed several mission hours in challenging unmanned military environments.
With a 5.5in diameter, the TASE250 payload complies with the US Department of Defense (DoD) and foreign military smaller size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements.
UTC Aerospace Systems Airborne ISR Business vice-president and general manager Kevin Raftery said: “Evolving mission needs require evolving payloads. With the TASE250, military and civilian users now have field-proven imaging capabilities in the smaller size and weight demanded by the new missions.
“Smaller size and weight means these systems can be deployed at lower altitudes and from a variety of platforms.”
UTC Aerospace’s new optical payload system offers longwave infrared (LWIR) and visible imaging solutions that provide operators with enhanced situational awareness in day and night conditions.
TASE250 offers an all-digital imaging chain for maximised processing capability and an optimised lens design for improved object recognition.
The UTC solution features on-board video processing with image stabilisation, overlays, picture in picture and enhancement capability.
It includes an on-board global positioning system (GPS) / inertial navigation system (INS) with integrated geo pointing, as well as ViewPoint tactical processing, exploitation and dissemination. This provides operators with the capability to multitask, record and distribute important information.
In addition, the TASE250 optical payload system features operator-friendly software interfaces and an optional laser pointer.
The new imaging payload addresses the growing demand for exceptional full-motion video performance in all visibility conditions.