Condor II


Leonardo designs, develops, and manufactures Infrared (IR) detectors at our dedicated facility in Southampton, UK. With a reputation for providing customers with the best in high-performance and cost-effective technology for IR camera systems, we offer a unique level of expertise.

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.

Each of the 640 x 512 pixels in the array can be switched between MWIR and LWIR sensitivity mode by changing the bias voltage on the device, ensuring spatial coherence between the two bands.

By integrating the photocurrent from each band in separate storage cells at the pixel, both bands can be captured and output within a single frame period, optimizing the temporal coherence between bands. 

The entire storage capacity for each pixel can also be dedicated to either of the MWIR or LWIR bands, thus providing user-selectable and interchangeable high-performance MWIR, LWIR, or DWIR operation.

Using the MCT process, the Condor II DWIR detector provides the highest environmental integrity along with the superior performance of focal plane detectors.

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Condor II July 09
  • Key Features
  • Technical Specifications
  • Mechanical Specifications
  • Low cost
  • High resolution
  • High frame rate
  • High sensitivity
  • Reduction in false alarm detection
  • Snapshot or interlaced operation
  • Simple to use
  • Concurrent 3 - 5 μm and 8 - 10 μm operation
  • Dedicated 3 - 5 μm operation
  • Dedicated 8 - 10 μm operation
  • High electro-optic performance with low crosstalk, automatic anti-blooming at the pixel level, and excellent sensitivity
  • Windowing gives enhanced frame rates over selected areas of the array
  • Single sensor solution for Medium Wave (MW) and Long Wave (LW) without compromise
  • Combination of wave bands provides improved DRI over 1st & 2nd Generation
  • Wave band switching to optimize performance in all imaging conditions


  • Array: 640 x 512 pixels
  • Pixel pitch: 24 µm
  • Active Area: 15.36 x 12.29 mm


Typical Performance

  • NETD (median) LW: 28 mK (22 mK dedicated LW)
  • NETD (median) MW: 28 mK (11 mK dedicated MW)
  • Pixel Operability: >99%


Interface Parameters

  • Modes: Snapshot or interlaced
  • Configuration Control: Single serial interface
  • Output Voltage Range: 2.8 V
  • Charge Capacity (dedicated):
    • LW 8 x 106 electrons
    • MW 8 x 106 electrons
  • Number of Outputs: 8
  • Intrinsic MUX noise: 50 uV rms max
  • Array Operating Temperature: 80 K nominal
  • Nominal Operating Voltage: 6 V
  • Minimum Pins for Operation: 26
  • Number of Input Clocks: 1
  • Window Material: Germanium
  • Window Thickness: 1.73 mm
  • Cold Filter Material: Silicon
  • Cold Filter Thickness: 0.4 mm


  • Weight: <750 g
  • Power Consumption: <10 W steady state
  • Cooling Engine: Rotary Stirling engine
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40°C to +70°C


Linear Engine Variant

  • Weight: 950 g
  • Power Consumption: <15 W steady state
  • Cooling Engine: Linear Stirling engine
  • Operating Temperature Range: -40°C to +70°C

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