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Unmanned systems 2014 – U.S. special forces UAV “Puma” seeks payload, including infrared, laser rangefinder and video, aimed at intelligence gathering and surveillance.

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps
Photo: U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Army Puma UAVs require new, advanced, multi-mission payloads.

U.S. Special Operations experts are asking industry to supply an electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) camera with laser pointer for a 14-pound hand-launch unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

Officials of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., issued a presolicitation this week to supply EO/IR UAV cameras with laser pointer for the RQ-20A Puma small UAV.

iHLS – Israel Homeland Security

These cameras must have stabilized gimbals for steady focus on targets as far away as 1,000 feet. The laser pointer accuracy should be 65 microns with target position tracking and movement estimation. The camera should be waterproof, operate from existing Puma UAV power and data linking, and have image resolution of 10 to 20 megapixels The camera should be able to download streaming digital video at 30 frames per second, and should be able to help intelligence experts recognize personnel on the ground by their uniforms and clothing from as far away as one mile.

Source: Military & Aerospace