High Tech Red Neck is
excited to introduce Armasight/FLIR’s latest and most technologically advanced
family of Predator Thermal Imaging weapon sights to the sporting, law
enforcement, and military markets. The Predator product line is based on the
FLIR Tau 2 VOx microbolometer core. Each model of the line has optimizing
performance, price, and state-of-the-art technology for a variety of uses and
mission applications ranging from the seriously committed hunter to the
military designated marksman. While primarily designed as a weapon scope, the
Predator functions equally well in its collateral assignments as a magnified
spotting scope or handheld thermal imager.
The Predator is a solid
state, uncooled, long-wave infrared, magnified dedicated weapon scope intended
for day and night engagements without the need to remove the sight from the
rifle. The 24/7 mission capability is just one of its many strengths. Thermal
imaging technology also allows you to detect targets by cutting through snow,
dust, smoke, fog, haze, and other atmospheric obscurants. Unlike the use of
laser targeting or near-infrared illumination to augment Night Vision
equipment, the Predator thermal imaging weapon sight is extremely difficult to
detect with other devices, as it emits no visible light or RF energy.
In addition to being the
smallest and lightest in their class, Predator thermal imaging weapon sights
are characterized by their simple and intuitive controls, functions, and
features that are layered among direct button adjustments, direct combination
button functions, and electronic menu selections. This “layering” of
easy-to-understand control functions provides the operator with a framework for
customizing his preferences and exploiting the robust variety of setting
options available in the Predator. The Predator has a series of selectable
color modes based on a rich, upgradeable software package. A wireless remote
switch is included to activate the Predator thermal imaging weapon sight when
positioned in the “standby” mode. The Predator has the ability to record videos
with optional Digital Video Recorder and is also equipped with a video-out
capability in operator selectable NTSC or PAL formats. The Predator uses the
same multi-pin connector to provide video-in imagery, where there is a need for
map or rangefinder display overlays, and external power access.
installation is easy, repeatable, and reliable based on a unique and highly
user-friendly MIL-STD-1913/ Weaver/ Picatinny rail-compatible, quick-release
locking mechanism. The solid state technology and software algorithms, combined
with a complementary color reticle platform, ensures maximum reticle contrast, high-level
target accuracy, and boresight retention that cannot be achieved with
mechanical boresight adjusters and traditional ballistic drums. This level of
accuracy is translated into the electronic zoom (e-zoom) function of the
Predator thermal imaging weapon sights, which can be progressively increased
from 1x to 2x and 4x, without changing the pointof- aim to point of-impact
relationship of the targeting reticle.
The Predator thermal
imaging weapon sight represents one of the most sophisticated sighting devices
available in today’s market to hunters, SWAT teams, and military personnel, due
to its superior price-to-performance value.
Special User-Adjustable Imaging Tools
Enhancement (ACE) – a digital
“Contrast” correction that allows for a smart scene optimization based on
dynamic adjustments where a variety of contrast levels occur depending on
relative scene temperature.
Digital Detail Enhancement (DDE) – a
“Sharpness” correction that is digitally enhances the picture to present
clearer imagery, significantly improves edge sharpening and further reduces
Optimization (SSO) – a fine-tuning
computational correction that significantly improves an overall visual acuity
for targets that have thermal signatures similar to a surrounding background.
Automatic Gain Control
(AGC) – a “Gain” correction that used
to automatically adjust the gain to an appropriate range, the weaker the image
signal, the stronger the gain.
Non-Uniformity Correction/Flat-Field Correction (UCMNUC/FFC). There is a mechanical shutter between the camera
sensor and the lens. This shutter is used to perform a non-uniformity correction
(NUC) also known as flat-field correction (FFC. During FFC, the shutter
presents a uniform temperature source to each detector element in the array.
While imaging the flat-field source, the camera updates the offset correction
coefficients, resulting in a more uniform image after the process is complete.
All Predator models allow for user to manually trigger or interrupt scheduled
Silent Shutterless NUC ™ (SSN) – In addition to user controlled manual NUC/FFC
all Predator models employ a digital supplemental non-mechanical flat-field
correction that allows to extend the periods between mechanical shutter events
and to further reduce image noise. SSN is always ON enhancement.