|18 Jan 17. When FLIR announced the acquisition of Armasight in June of last year, those in the shooting, hunting and outdoor trades took immediate notice; many wondered what the merger of the two great brands meant for them. Nearly seven months later, the answer glows as clear and bright as a target viewed through FLIR’s all-new Boson-cored tactical and outdoor thermal-imaging products; our unified portfolio and development resources are a clear win for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and tactical professionals.
Anyone visiting the FLIR Outdoor and Tactical Systems (OTS) booths (#248 and #6203) at this week’s Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show will find plenty to be excited by. FLIR OTS’s world-leading suite of Armasight- and FLIR-branded sighting and optic products are better than ever, headlined by four new lines of tactical and outdoor thermal products featuring FLIR’s newest compact, 12 micron, uncooled, thermal camera core, FLIR BosonTM. These Boson-based imagers deliver unmatched performance and functionality for tactical and outdoor users… and FLIR’s legendary reputation for quality ensures these products will follow you to the ends of the earth.
Ask any seasoned operator, and they will tell you that maintaining situational awareness is crucial for any mission. Nothing enables asymmetrical awareness like hand-held thermal imaging, giving you the power to locate and engage subjects in total darkness. Whether you need long standoff range on a stakeout, or compact systems for covert surveillance, FLIR’s new Helios Thermal Bi-Ocular or versatile Q14 Thermal Monocular ensure you have the best vision in the area of operations. They can be used to locate, view and monitor suspects through smoke, haze, fog or total darkness, helping you complete your mission, and get your team home safely.
Predator and Non-Game Hunting
While specific regulations vary, many states allow thermal imaging and night vision optics for hunting predators like coyotes, bobcats and foxes, as well as feral hogs, at night. FLIR delivers the viewing and targeting systems that make hunting these animals at night or in low light conditions much more productive… and a lot more fun. FLIR’s newly expanded line of Thermosight R-Series Rifle Scopes can help hunters go dark and complete their ultimate hog or predator gun. In addition to being the ultimate nighttime targeting system, these thermal-imaging scopes can also capture still images or video clips via wireless Bluetooth remote.
Already have a day optic you want to keep on the rail? Predator and hog hunters looking to retain the functionality of the existing daytime scope on their favorite hunting rifle can add FLIR thermal-imaging capability with three new Thermosight C-Series Clip-Ons. Available in two resolutions and three lens sizes, these imagers mount in front of standard daylight optics for a rapid transition to thermal viewing in lowlight conditions with no change in cheek weld or trigger reach. They also allow continued use of existing ballistic reticules in the primary optic. Upping the fun factor for hunters (or the asymmetrical advantage for tactical professionals), the 25-mm Thermosight C clip-on model also includes onboard video and still image recording so you can record, review, and share your footage post-hunt.
Every seasoned hunter knows the challenge of finding downed game in degraded visibility. FLIR’s thermal imaging technology enables you to locate downed game in zero light or through thick brush, and identify blood trails to help you complete an ethical harvest. The all-new Helios Thermal Bi-Ocular and Q14 Thermal Monocular are designed to meet the most demanding requirements of any elite operator or dedicated outdoorsman. Both include BosonTM cores and Next Gen image processing for sharp, clear imagery that shows the heat signature of downed game in any light.
FLIR Outdoor & Tactical Systems will continue to offer its complete line of trusted imaging and targeting equipment to elite military units, law enforcement professionals, first responder agencies and individual consumers around the globe. The brand leverages both groups’ strong heritage in thermal and Night Vision technology and commitment to field-proven technology to remain the world leader in this space. That means full service to hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, police, and military customers with the most complete platform of advanced day and night viewing and targeting products ever assembled.
Whichever outdoor, hunting and shooting optic and handheld solution you’ve been looking for, FLIR OTS is a clear win. To find out more about the new suite of products FLIR announced this week, visit www.flir.com/outdoor.