L-3 WESCAM launches new imaging system for lightweight tactical airborne applications

4 October 2016 (Last Updated October 4th, 2016 18:30)

L-3 Communications' WESCAM division has expanded its product range with the introduction of a new electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) imaging system for lightweight tactical airborne applications.

L-3 Communications' WESCAM division has expanded its product range with the introduction of a new electro-optical / infrared (EO / IR) imaging system for lightweight tactical airborne applications.

The new MX-8 has been designed for small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), light manned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and tactical aerostats that require high-performing imaging solutions.

L-3 Communications chairman and CEO Michael T. Strianese said: “The MX-8 is a key addition to WESCAM’s MX-Series product line, as it addresses the growing demand for a lightweight, high-fidelity imaging system.

“Our emphasis on developing advanced technologies that address smaller form factor requirements is reflected in the versatility and precision of this product.

"We are working every day to align our research and development initiatives with the continually evolving needs of a broad array of global customers.”

The fully digital airborne imaging system is equipped with an advanced image processing suite that produces real-time image enhancement across all sensors.

It is capable of supporting up to four sensors simultaneously and contains all the geolocation capabilities of L-3’s larger MX series systems.

"The fully digital airborne imaging system is equipped with an advanced image processing suite that produces real-time image enhancement across all sensors."

The MX-8 is being showcased at this year's Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, DC.

L-3 WESCAM is part of the Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment.

The company designs and manufactures of stabilised, multi-spectral imaging systems.


Image: L-3's MX-8 system. Photo: courtesy of L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.