Teledyne FLIR Defense announced today at Eurosatory the launch of its new MUVE™ B330 drone payload that can be used to detect deadly biological agents and other airborne biohazards.
The MUVE B330 is a continuous biological detector and collector, purpose-designed for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and unmanned platforms to provide real-time monitoring of biological threats while on the move. The payload lets operators assess a potentially hazardous scene from a safe distance. When dangerous conditions exist or are expected, they can use the MUVE B330 to fly into suspect areas for an initial assessment of what biological agents may be present. The new sensor payload deploys in a matter of minutes, significantly reducing time to action. The Teledyne FLIR SkyRanger® R70 and R80D SkyRaider™ UAS aircraft will serve as initial deployment platforms for the B330.
The MUVE B330 allows operators to …
· Make quick assessments of the threat perimeter
· Trigger automated sample collection for follow-on identification
· Enable informed decision-making before human operators approach a hazardous scene
· Locate the threat source and track progression as the scene unfolds
· Cover difficult terrain from the air
“MUVE B330 is a strategic addition to our line of intelligent sensing solutions integrated for unmanned platforms that are critical to protecting our military, public safety personnel, and general public when deadly threats or accidents occur,” said Dr. David Cullin, vice president and general manager of Unmanned and Integrated Solutions at Teledyne FLIR Defense. “Remote detection of biological agents using a drone means faster time on scene and safer measures for troops and first responders, all of which saves lives.”
The MUVE B330 biological detector complements the FLIR MUVE™ C360 multi-gas detector, which is deployable on both Teledyne FLIR as well as commercial UAS systems and robots. In April, the company announced it had teamed with Boston Dynamics, whose Spot® robot will carry the C360 to remotely monitor chemical threats in industrial and public safety applications.
The B330 leverages the legacy design and performance of Teledyne FLIR’s field-proven IBAC bio-detection product line in a SWaP-optimized configuration. The B330 delivers integrated situational awareness and presents a comprehensive overview of an active scene, utilizing visuals and detailed indications. Identified threats are displayed on a map using easy to understand pin drops.