Infrared Systems

Infrared Systems

Military personnel needs visibility into their environment to identify, categorize, and respond to threats. High-resolution, low-SWaP infrared countermeasure (IRCM) sensing systems can support critical intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), as well as targeting efforts to contribute to mission success.

Leonardo Electronics US Inc. has extensive experience developing infrared systems for airborne, land, and naval surveillance and targeting missions. Our wide range of detectors, integrated detector cooler assemblies (IDCA), camera cores, thermal imaging cameras, and infrared search and track (IRST) systems capture the sharpest imagery for unparalleled situational awareness in support of multi-domain targeting and ISR operations.

Directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) systems provide unrivaled self-protection for aircraft operating under the threat of attack by infrared-homing missiles.

Discover more about the many applications of Leonardo's infrared detectors and thermal imaging sensors that play a crucial role in supporting military, security, and civil clients operating in the most challenging environments worldwide.

Miysis DIRCM

The Miysis Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) provides advanced electronic protection from IR-guided missiles. This high-power, all-aspect protection system is the most effective countermeasure against MANPADS.

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The GEN III Semi-Active Laser (SAL) seeker provides high-accuracy laser spot acquisition and tracking capability in a compact sensor package for precision weapon terminal guidance. It is compatible with multiple guided weapon types, including missiles, bombs, and rockets.

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With capabilities in Infrared Search and Track (IRST), SkyWard meets the demanding requirements for fifth-generation fighter aircraft with both embedded and podded configurations for new and existing platforms.

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MAIR (Multiple Aperture InfraRed) is a missile warning system based on multiple InfraRed sensors, able to cover the full angular volume around the aircraft. Thanks to the new generation IR detector technology MAIR achieves high missile warning performance in a light, compact, and low power consumption design.

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Compact Seeker

The Compact I²R Seeker product is a precision guidance solution giving even small caliber weapons the capability to detect and track targets using high-performance uncooled infrared imagery and wide-angle sightline steering and stabilization in a very compact and affordable package.

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Thermal Imaging Cameras


As a world-leading EO/IR sensor for C-sUAS systems, the NERIO-ULR is operationally proven on Falcon Shield. NERIO-ULR is an Electro-Optical Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance system ideally suited to satisfy a broad range of customer requirements including:

  • Border and Coastal Surveillance
  • Critical National Security Infrastructure
  • Battlefield Reconnaissance, Surveillance, and Target Acquisition
  • Air Defense and Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS)

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NERIO-VLR is a modular Electro-Optical (EO) Surveillance, Target Acquisition (STA), and Reconnaissance system designed to satisfy a broad range of current and emerging customer requirements. As part of the NERIO family of products, the NERIO-VLR offers the lowest size, weight, and power (SWaP) performance in the NERIO range.

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SLX - SuperHawk

SLX-SuperHawk is a Medium Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) thermal imaging camera employing the latest focal plane array technology to meet long-range surveillance and target identification requirements.

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The Horizon MWIR thermal imaging camera features a high-definition detector array and a modular IDCA with a 50,000-hour cooler life, designed to meet long-range surveillance and target identification requirements. Horizon is the ideal choice for border and littoral security surveillance tasks.

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Infrared Camera Cores

Leoptera Infrared Camera Core Family

Leoptera is a family of flexible Infrared Camera Cores offering a high-performance, ITAR-free, compact thermal imaging solution designed for integration into a variety of products. This camera core provides exceptional thermal imaging capabilities and manages interfaces with a broad range of Leonardo IR detectors.

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Infrared Detectors

Ike Pono

Ike Pono is a 1kx1k infrared detector aimed at ultra-low flux astronomical imaging. It provides avalanche gain at these very low photon flux levels and consequently sets a new standard in sensitivity for astronomy. 

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Mercury Cadium Telluride (MCT) avalanche photodiode (APD) array incorporates a full custom ROIC for applications in the 0.8 to 2.5 μm range.

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The SaphiraQM detector is an evolution of the highly successful 320 x 256 Saphira detector and satisfies applications in the fields of wavefront sensing (for adaptive optics systems), fringe tracking, spectroscopy, rapid time-domain astronomy, and astronomical imaging. The larger pixel count is vital for many modern instruments, especially the 30m-class telescopes and many imaging applications. 

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Condor II

The Condor II Dual Waveband Infrared (DWIR) detector is a 640 x 512 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT), Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly (IDCA) designed for high-performance imaging in the 3 - 5 μm Medium Wave Infrared (MWIR) and 8 - 10 μm Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) wavebands.

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The Hawk-C Medium Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) detector is a compact and lightweight 640 x 512 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly (IDCA). The detector is designed for high-performance, low-cost imaging in the 3-5 μm waveband.

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The Hawk Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) detector is a compact and lightweight 640 x 512 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly (IDCA). The Hawk LWIR detector is designed for high-performance, low-cost imaging in the 8-10 μm waveband.

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The Hawk Medium Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) detector is a compact and lightweight 640 x 512 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly (IDCA). The Hawk MWIR detector is designed for high-performance, low-cost imaging in the 3-5 μm waveband.

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The SuperHawk MWIR IDCA provides a 1280 x 1024 array of pixels on an 8 μm pitch, providing an easy, high-definition upgrade in a smaller optical footprint than larger pixel pitch detectors.

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SuperHawk C

The Low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) SuperHawk C infrared detector is a compact 1280 x 1024 Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) Integrated Detector Cooler Assembly with 8um pitch pixels.

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Falcon 720

The Falcon 720 infrared detector uses the latest focal plane technology to provide high-definition infrared images compatible with commercial 720p HDTV signal formats. The 12 μm-pitch focal plane array enables this high-definition detector to be offered in a compact, low-cost, low-power format.

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The Land and Naval Defence Electronics Division leads the manufacturer of DLATGS (Deuterated L-Alanine doped Triglycene Sulphate) detectors for infrared spectrometers. Our DLATGS detectors are pyroelectric and operate uncooled or with temperature stabilization.

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