L-3 WESCAM debuts MX-8 electro-optical/infrared imaging system for tactical airborne applications

NEW YORK, 5 Oct. 2016. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) in New York is introducing the MX-8 small, light electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system designed for small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as UAS or drones; light manned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions.

Oct 5th, 2016
L-3 WESCAM debuts MX-8 electro-optical/infrared imaging system for tactical airborne applications
L-3 WESCAM debuts MX-8 electro-optical/infrared imaging system for tactical airborne applications

NEW YORK, 5 Oct. 2016. L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) in New York is introducing the MX-8 small, light electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system designed for small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as UAS or drones; light manned intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft; and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions.

The new EO/IR imaging system was designed and developed by L-3 WESCAM, part of the Integrated Sensor Systems (ISS) sector within L-3’s Electronic Systems business segment and a designer and manufacturer of stabilized, multi-spectral imaging systems in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.


L-3’s MX-8 low-weight tactical airborne imaging solution blends the versatility of larger MX-Series systems with the flexibility required for smaller UAVs and light manned ISR platforms. (Photo: Business Wire)

The digital MX-8 has an installed weight of 15 pounds, or 6.8 kilograms, with a clearance level of less than 11 inches, and is capable of supporting up to four sensors simultaneously. It contains all the geolocation capabilities of L-3’s larger MX-Series systems and is equipped with an advanced image processing suite that produces real-time image enhancement across all sensors.

The MX-8 “addresses the growing demand for a lightweight, high-fidelity imaging system,” says L-3 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael T. Strianese. “Our emphasis on developing advanced technologies that address smaller-form-factor requirements is reflected in the versatility and precision of this product. We are working every day to align our research and development initiatives with the continually evolving needs of a broad array of global customers.”

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion.

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