Teledyne FLIR’s new UAS (unmanned aerial system) is American-made and boasts of being the next generation of tactical quadcopters, great for defense, civil, and industrial applications.

The ION M640x has evolved from the company’s ION M440 short-range reconnaissance drone, one of the five UAS platforms approved by the U.S. Department of Defense under the Blue sUAS program, meaning it is approved for sale to the military and federal agencies.

FLIR’s M640x boasts high-resolution infrared imaging, smart object tracking, and laser illumination, to name just a few of its features.

Weighing approximately 4 lb (1.8 kg), the tactical quadcopter is easily rucksack portable. It measures 11.1” x 5.7” x 4.9” (28.2 x 14.5 x 12.4 cm). Thanks to its infrared sensors, the UAS is suitable for both daytime and nighttime missions. The ION M640x can stay in the air for up to 35 minutes and reach a top speed of 23 mph (37 kph).

Teledyne FLIR equipped the ION M640x with an upgraded FLIR 640…