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FLIR manufactures thermal imaging cameras for a variety of aviation purposes. FLIR Systems, Inc. is the global leader in Infrared cameras, night vision and thermal imaging systems. Pioneers in the commercial infrared camera industry, the Company has been supplying thermography and night vision equipment to science, industry, law enforcement and the military for over 30 years. From predictive maintenance, condition monitoring, non-destructive testing, R&D, medical science, temperature measurement and thermal testing to law enforcement, surveillance, security and manufacturing process control, FLIR offers the widest selection of infrared cameras for beginners to pros.

Their airborne HD cameras are as follows:

  • Star SAFIRE 380-HD
  • Star SAFIRE 380-HLD
  • Star SAFIRE 275-HD
  • Star SAFIRE 260-HLD (Compact HD Laser Multisensor)
  • Star SAFIRE 230-HD (Most Compact HD Multisensor)

Additional FLIR aircraft cameras include:

  • Star SAFIRE II (low resolution)
  • Ultraforce 350
  • U7500B
  • Ultraforce 275

The most popular FLIR cameras for aerial surveillance and intelligence include:


The Star SAFIRE® HD is the only EO/IR sensor in its class to provide full digital high-definition video from all of its imaging sensors – with output video that meets US DoD and NATO specifications for HD acquisition. Star SAFIRE® HD features megapixel thermal, daylight, and low-light cameras with high magnification optics; laser payloads; and a fully-integrated IMU to precisely locate targets. It is a true digital system, not a hybrid analog/digital system.

Note that the FLIR Star Safire HD uses the SMPTE 292M specification to output HD-SDI video to the aircraft monitors.

More information here: (PDF) http://www.flircms.com/uploadedFiles/GS/datasheets/A_LTR_StarSAFIRE_HD(1).pdf

FLIR Star SAFIRE III (for aviation and aircraft installation)

The Star SAFIRE III is one of the world’s most popular EO/IR systems for aerial surveillance. FLIR says that it is

“the workhorse for airborne, land and maritime force protection and medevac in hotspots around the world. Over 500 Star SAFIRE III’s have been delivered to the U.S. military, NATO and nations worldwide.”

Interesting Fact
FLIR sponsored an exhibit at the Evergreen Aviation Museum near Portland, Oregon USA that discussed their history with aviation. The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the only aviation museum in the world with a waterpark attached.