DRS Technologies Accredits “Powered by DRS” to Liteye Systems’ New UAV Thermal Payload

ARLINGTON, VA, June 9, 2015 ̶ DRS Technologies Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced the new Aquila™ Micro product from Liteye Systems, Inc. as the first commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) thermal payload to receive a “Powered by DRS” product accreditation. Developed in collaboration with Unmanned Experts, Inc., and utilizing DRS Technologies’ advanced thermal imaging technology, the Aquila Micro is the first in the new line of thermal imaging UAV payloads from Liteye Systems. 

The “Powered by DRS Technologies” accreditation is available only to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that collaborate with DRS.  The equipment supplied by DRS and inserted into the OEMs product includes infrared camera modules and detectors.

Liteye Systems, a designer and manufacturer of covert thermal cameras, and Unmanned Experts, a top provider of unmanned consultancy, training and services, teamed to design a thermal payload with simplified integration into an array today’s most prevalent UAVs. The Aquila Micro “Powered by DRS” successfully integrates Tamarisk® thermal camera cores from DRS into a flexible system with unparalleled thermal image clarity, and many additional features and capabilities that end-users require.  

“We are very proud that all our efforts have been rewarded by becoming the very first UAV payload to receive the coveted Powered by DRS accreditation,” said Tom Scott, President of Liteye Systems.

Liteye Systems has begun shipping to pre-booked customers and is prepared to take additional orders immediately. For more information on the new Aquila Micro “Powered by DRS” visit www.Liteye.com or speak with a representative from Unmanned Experts by calling 720-974-1766, ext.111 or by email at i.Nyroth@unmannedexperts.com.

About DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies is a leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide.  The company specializes in naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, aviation logistics and avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions.  DRS is a two-time recipient of the Defense Security Service Award for Excellence in Counterintelligence and three James S. Cogswell Awards for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement.

Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, which employs more than 50,000 people worldwide.  See the full range of capabilities at www.drs.com and on Twitter @drstechnologies.

About Liteye Systems
Liteye Systems, Inc. is a world leader in rugged head-mounted-displays (HMD), micro imaging viewfinders, Blighter ground surveillance radars, and its ‘Aquila’ line of thermal surveillance systems. All of its cutting edge solutions feature revolutionary designs in optics, electronics, ergonomics, and form factors that enable a broad range of military and commercial applications. Liteye’s research and development team delivers sophisticated custom packages to some of the world's largest companies, government agencies, and military organizations. Headquartered in Centennial Colorado, the company has offices in the UK and representatives worldwide. For more information on Liteye Systems visit www.liteye.com.

About Unmanned Experts
Unmanned Experts Inc. is a Colorado Corporation providing world class UAS training, consultancy and Managed Services. Our Team of professionals has over 25,000 flying hours on UAS platforms and over 35,000 flying hours on manned aircraft. Unmanned Experts is staffed by UAS and Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) pilots, operators and maintainers as well as specialists with expertise in all areas of unmanned operations, providing dependable; approachable and affordable mentorship in the UAS sector. For more information on Unmanned Experts visit www.unmannedexperts.com

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