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Teledyne Introduces Laser Targeting for Military Drone

A Teledyne Technologies Inc. subsidiary introduced on Tuesday a payload for its small drone that can be used to provide laser target designation for laser-guided weapons.

A Teledyne Technologies Inc. subsidiary introduced on Tuesday a payload for its small drone that can be used to provide laser target designation for laser-guided weapons.

The StormCaster-DX from Teledyne Flir Defense is an advanced, multi-role laser designator payload built especially for use on the Flir R80D SkyRaider drone aircraft, according to a release from Teledyne Technologies, the Thousand Oaks aerospace, marine and digital imaging products manufacturer.

StormCaster-DX is uniquely designed to manage target areas using a Laser Spot Tracker while affecting the terminal guidance of laser guided munitions. Until now, this capability was only possible with larger drones or ground-based systems, the company’s release said.

Potential applications for the technology range from manned or unmanned air strikes to precision-guided mortars, naval gunfire or air-launched effects, the release added.

JihFen Lei, executive vice president and general manager of Teledyne Flir Defense, called the StormCaster a gamechanger for small drone military operations.

“For the first time, warfighters will be able to survey and manage the battlefield while performing laser designation with standoff from a rucksack-portable drone, allowing faster decision-making and targeting that help ensure mission success,” Lei said in a statement. “We believe customers will embrace what StormCaster-DX can mean for troops in harm’s way: When seconds weigh heavily on an operation’s outcome, DX saves minutes.”

Shares of Teledyne (TDY) closed down $6.99, or nearly 1.8 percent, to $392.01 on the New York Stock Exchange, on a day when the Dow Jones closed down a fraction of a percent.

Joel Russel
Joel Russel
Joel Russell joined the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2006 as a reporter. He transferred to sister publication San Fernando Valley Business Journal in 2012 as managing editor. Since he assumed the position of editor in 2015, the Business Journal has been recognized four times as the best small-circulation tabloid business publication in the country by the Alliance of Area Business Publishers. Previously, he worked as senior editor at Hispanic Business magazine and editor of Business Mexico.

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