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MDM 2017: AeroVironment highlights UAS camera upgrade

21st September 2017 - 10:14 GMT | by Scott Gourley in Quantico, Virginia

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In addition to spotlighting expanded datalink compatibility for Raven and Puma AE with the new M1/M2/M5 radios and frequency spectrum, AeroVironment used MDM 2017 to tout the benefits of its Mantis i45 camera retrofit.

The Mantis i45 features dual 15 megapixel high resolution coluor cameras (wide and narrow views), a Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) camera, 1.2 megapixel low light cameras and a high-power 860 nanometre laser illuminator.

'One of our primary customers is the Marines – not just the regular Marines but also MARSOC [Marine Special Operations Command],’ said Dave Sharpin, VP for tactical UAS at AeroVironment. ‘MARSOC buys a

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