Each AIR-ONE helicopter
is (or will be) equipped with the latest technologies in thermal
imaging systems, color video cameras, search lights, public service
(Police & Fire) communication radios, street level mapping
systems and more. As funds become available, microwave downlink
systems will be installed to provide commanders on the ground
with real-time thermal and video images as seen from the airborne
platform. Following is a brief description of this specialized
FLIR Ultra-8000 Imager
The FLIR Systems,
Inc. forward looking infra-red unit mounts underneath the helicopter,
and combines a highly sensitive, digital thermal imaging camera
with a color video camera inside a single housing. Each camera
can be independently zoomed for maximum flexibility and situational
awareness. While small in stature, this unit, together with a
specialized monitor and digital recording device, comes at a
cost of well over $220,000 each. However with this unit we are
able to locate missing persons or hiding felons by their heat
signatures, regardless of visibility conditions.
NightSun SX16 Searchlight
candlepower search light is mounted under the rear of the helicopter.
It's controlled by the Pilot and includes extreme focus, zoom
and rotational capabilities. The light may also be filtered for
use with Night Vision Goggles (NVG), making the intense light
invisible to the human eye while still illuminating the ground
when viewed through the NVG's.
on additional equipment will be made available soon...