The Department of Defense needed a low size, weight, and power (SWaP) sensor to help protect Unmanned Aircraft from High Energy Lasers (HEL) used to disrupt Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.


Nanohmics designed a cutting-edge optical sensor platform that consists of a small exposed sensor and an interior electrical board assembly. This patented system provides real-time identification, characterization, and geolocation of the laser threat which is necessary to help determine who is targeting the aircraft and from where. We worked closely with the Office of Naval Research to develop this technology and it has been successfully flight tested on several small to medium sized Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including ScanEagle and MQ-21 Blackjack UAS platforms.


Argus provides actionable information to UAS operators in real time allowing them to deploy the necessary countermeasures to protect the aircraft. This system takes advantage of free form optics and provides a full hemisphere field of view across a wide range of spectral bands. This small, low powered system can be easily integrated into a variety of UAS, and detects both pulsed and CW laser radiation. Argus is designed to meet the strict power, space, and weight requirements of UASs, and is compatible with deployment on virtually any vehicle, aircraft, or satellite.

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