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DRS Technologies launches new thermal imaging cameras family

7th April 2011 - 08:31 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced its Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group launched a new family of surveillance and security thermal imaging systems to commercial and law-enforcement applications.

The new line of infrared systems includes the WatchMaster Pro and the WatchMaster Pro+. Whether the camera is in a fixed location, on a moveable mast, or mounted on a vehicle, it provides these systems unparalleled performance for force protection, border patrols, airport and base security, law-enforcement agencies and vulnerable critical infrastructure, such as utility-company facilities.

Both versions of the system pair a high-performance thermal camera-which can display images through smoke, dust, haze, light fog and complete darkness-with a color CCD camera that in daylight conditions, and can be used to identify specific surveillance targets such as vehicle license plates or facial details on a human subject.

"DRS Technologies has been a leader in infrared technology for military applications. In our new line of WatchMaster systems, we have translated our experience in imaging systems for highly secured commercial enterprises as well as regional, state and local law-enforcement agencies," says RSTA President Terry Murphy. "We're proud to offer these cameras to those who may have once considered them beyond their reach."

The WatchMaster Pro embraces high performance in a small package. Operating in the long- wavelength infrared spectrum, it employs an uncooled Vanadium Oxide (VOx) detector to produce thermal images of unparallel clarity.

The high-powered WatchMaster Pro+ is a cooled infrared system that operates in the mid-wavelength spectrum and employs DRS' cooled Mercury Cadmium Telluride detector with an exceptionally long-lived cryogenic cooler. This translates to long-range capabilities with exceptional image contrast that offers four times the range compared to uncooled systems.

To enhance its versatility, DRS designed the WatchMaster Pro so it can be transformed into a WatchMaster Pro+ with a quick and easy factory upgrade. To benefit both users and integrators, the two versions have identical interfaces and command/control infrastructures.

Source: DRS Technologies

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