In conventional operations, it is usually necessary to rely on reconnaissance personnel to guide and throw long-range firepower, but the risk of exposure and attack is also quite high.
With the invention of laser systems in the mid-20th century, this is becoming safer and more effective. By shining a laser on the target, the observer can instantly determine the distance to the target with the help of special sensors and strike it with precision.
Teledyne FLIR – StormCaster DX（via)
Over the past half century, such laser systems have become increasingly complex, relatively unmanageable in size, and must even be delivered by larger air vehicles. As for the land-based version, a soldier is often required to come to the front to operate.
The good news is that byTeledyne FLIR DefenseThe resulting StormCaster-DX laser sight is quite small and weighs only 1.25 kg (2.75 lb).
This means it can be easily mounted on a variety of small drones, such as the FLIR R80D SkyRaider drone platform. And when you don’t need to use it temporarily, the individual soldier can easily put it in the backpack to carry it.
In terms of configuration, it packs a coded laser beam and two FLIR Boson 640 long-wave infrared thermal imaging cameras, which can search and charge targets day and night to guide rear air strikes, naval artillery, or mortar precision strikes.
The StormCaster-DX also features an anti-shake gimbal for all weather conditions, complemented by an artificial intelligence (AI)/computer vision (CV) system for positioning.
In addition to being able to locate and track targets with high accuracy, the laser sight can detect, encode, and geo-mark the beam launcher of potentially hostile lasers.
Dr. JihFen Lei, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Teledyne FLIR Defense, said: “The StormCaster-DX is an absolute game-changer for small unit operations, significantly multiplying the effectiveness of the weapon.
In addition, fighters finally have the opportunity to take into account the observation of the battlefield situation and quickly make decisions guided by laser artillery fire while bringing portable UAVs, thus greatly ensuring the success of combat missions.