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Eurosatory 2022: MKS introduces UAV lenses

16th June 2022 - 12:45 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in Paris

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A new zoom lens from MKS Instruments combines low-SWaP capabilities and a detection range of more than 16km. (Photo: Norbert Neumann))

MKS Instruments' new reduced-sized 18-255mm Ophir LightIR image can be fitted on tactical UAV IR cameras.

US-based MKS Instruments announced the latest addition to its family of Ophir LightIR low-SWaP, high-performance, motorised continuous zoom lenses during Eurosatory 2022 in Paris on 13-17 June.

Company officials told Shephard that the new 18-225mm MWIR f/4 thermal imaging lens is optimised for installation on relatively small platforms. 

It comes in a 10µm SXGA/HD focal plane array (FPA) and 15µm VGA FPA detector.

The lens features a compact design with reduced optical elements that results in a significantly reduced weight and size when compared to previous models. It weighs just 326g, which would be ideal for gimbal-based thermal imaging applications on drones and tactical UAV IR cameras.

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