FLIR New Products for Border Patrol &  Dismounted Warfighters (Videos)

New Drone and Land Target Detection Radars Plus Lightweight Monocular Offer Advanced Portable Surveillance Capabilities
New Drone and Land Target Detection Radars Plus Lightweight Monocular Offer Advanced Portable Surveillance Capabilities part of FLIR’s Soldier Solutions family

FLIR Systems, a Two-Time Winner in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winnerhas launched three new products for use by global militaries and government agencies including border patrol agents.

These products include two FLIR Ranger® mid-range panel radars, one with airborne drone and ground target detection, and the Recon® V UltraLite thermal monocular.

The products, unveiled at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) 2018 in Tampa, Florida, are part of FLIR’s Soldier Solutions family and demonstrate the company’s commitment to deliver the most advanced equipment to armed services personnel.

(See an introduction to FLIR’s Surveillance Radar Solutions – full coverage detection for crawler, walker, vehicles, boats, vessels, and drones. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube. Posted on May 23, 2018)

The FLIR Ranger R8SS-3D and R8SS radars, part of FLIR Ranger family of radars, offer mid-range detection capability for both fixed-based installation and forward-deployed operations personnel.

The R8SS-3D detects both land and air objects, such as micro-drones, and differentiates birds from drones.

Ranger® R8SS-3D

The Ranger R8SS-3D reports the altitude and location of small drones at ranges of 2 miles and can also detect vehicles and people walking or crawling.

Ranger R8SS-3D Man-Portable and Built for Rugged Environments
Ranger R8SS-3D
Man-Portable and Built for Rugged Environments

The man-portable FLIR Ranger® R8SS-3D has the vertical coverage, low minimum detection velocity and algorithms to detect and track up to 500 drone targets simultaneously, while filtering bird detections.

The R8SS-3D can monitor the coverage area four times per second, running 24/7, detecting all ground and aerial threats in virtually any climate, day and night.

Compact and lightweight, it fits in a backpack, draws only 135W, while costing much less than its vehicle-sized counterparts.

Both the R8SS-3D and the R8SS, the latter of which offers land detection only, can detect over 500 threats and their exact locations simultaneously, and work within an existing data network.

Ranger® R8SS

The R8SS series mount to either a vehicle, surveillance tower, or tripod, and allows for full 360-degree surveillance, ensuring that threats within surveillance range are detected.

Ranger R8SS Built for Rugged Environments MIL-STD-810G Qualified/IP67 Certified
Ranger R8SS
Built for Rugged Environments MIL-STD-810G Qualified/IP67 Certified

Man-portable FLIR Ranger® R8SS electronically-scanned, mid-range radars detect and track personnel and vehicles up to 18 kilometer ranges.

Light and small, the Ranger R8SS provides best-in-class target detection and acquisition performance in a form factor that fits in a backpack or is easily mounted to a vehicle or permanent structure as part of an integrated solution.

The low false alarm rate and extremely reliable operation builds operator trust and yields high operational availability.

Recon® V Ultra Lite

Fully operational at less than three pounds, the breakthrough Recon V Ultra Lite provides long-range target detection, recognition, recording and geo-location with an HD color camera and dual FOV thermal channels.

Recon V Ultra Lite Acute Situational Awareness
Recon V Ultra Lite
Acute Situational Awareness

Powered by commercially available AA batteries, the unit has a run time greater than four hours with smart power management.

Combined with a highly accurate laser range finder, GPS, digital magnetic compass and intuitive user interface, targets can be quickly located 24/7.

The FLIR Recon V UltraLite is the latest thermal monocular in the Recon series, which is currently used by military, government, and police forces around the world.

Weighing less than three pounds (1.4 kilograms), 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms) lighter than previous versions, the Recon V UltraLite can be used as a handheld device or mounted to a tripod or other fixed location.

The system also has Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) network capabilities to provide warfighters real-time understanding of what’s going on around them.

James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR
James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR

“With the ability to detect both drones and land-based objects, our new mid-range 3D radar complements our Ranger radars product line, filling a critical gap for fixed site security and the broader force protection mission,” said James Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR.

“All of our innovations are the result of FLIR’s strategy to create advanced technology funded by our own research and development.

“These products demonstrate our focus on anticipating future needs of the dismounted warfighter and border patrol agent, and we are pleased to help support the missions of the men and women tasked to help keep us safe.”

These products are sold directly through FLIR and are available today to military and force protection customers.

For more information about the products, visit

(Learn More about FLIR’s man-portable soldier solutions. Lightweight, powerful, and easy to use, they are making today’s warfighter more capable and more agile on the battlefield than ever before. FLIR’s Recon® series of thermal binoculars and monoculars can combine longer range imaging with enhanced features like hot-swappable batteries, laser rangefinders, a digital magnetic compass, and up to 10x optical zoom for target identification at greater standoff range. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube. Posted on May 15, 2017)

FLIR Systems at a Glance

FLIR Systems has been a world leader in thermal imaging technologies for perimeter protection and threat detection since 1978.

FLIR SarosOver the last few decades, FLIR has continually developed innovative solutions at increasingly lower price points to make thermal imaging accessible to broader markets.

As a result, thermal imaging has now become an industry standard for 24-hour perimeter protection for critical infrastructure and industrial applications.

The recently launched FLIR Saros line of security cameras is a continuation of this trend–bringing thermal imaging and a host of cost effective, advanced perimeter security technologies to commercial businesses.

FLIR Saros Competes in 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

AST focuses on Homeland Security and Public Safety Breaking News, the Newest Initiatives and Hottest Technologies in Physical & IT Security, essential to meeting today’s growing security challenges.

2017 ASTORSThe 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, Saros will be competing against the industry’s leading providers of Innovative Perimeter Protection Systems.

To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.

2018 ASTORSOver 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included:

  • The Department of Homeland Security
  • The Department of Justice
  • The Security Exchange Commission
  • State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Leaders in Private Security

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at

American Security Today will be holding the 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon to honor Nominees, Finalists and Winners in November 2018, in New York City.

Good luck to FLIR Saros on becoming a Winner of the 2018 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

FLIR Systems is a world-leading maker of sensor systems that enhance perception and heighten awareness, helping to save lives, improve productivity, and protect the environment.

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