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01 Feb 11. FLIR Systems, Inc. released the FLIR i3 thermal imaging camera. The FLIR i3 will retail for $1,195, making it the first thermal imaging camera to offer point-and-click usability with high quality temperature diagnostic capabilities for under $1,200. Expected to generate significant market demand, the FLIR i3 is a valuable tool for a broad spectrum of end-users, from industrial engineers to professional structural inspectors to homeowners, who strive to make workplaces and homes safer and more energy efficient. The FLIR i3 is available now for immediate shipment through authorized FLIR distributors. The FLIR i3 is easy to use with a fully automatic design, focus-free lens, and 5 hour lithium-ion battery. Ergonomically lightweight by design, the rugged FLIR i3 infrared camera offers impressive infrared image quality with 2 percent thermal accuracy, < 0.15?C thermal sensitivity, a large 2.8-inch color display, 60x60 pixel resolution, adjustable emissivity, three image palettes to add temperature detail, and a center-spot measurement mode. Unlike more expensive thermal imagers, the FLIR i3 stores up to 5,000 images in FLIR's patented radiometric JPEG format, which permits users to rely on only one image file for temperature analysis and reporting as well as for easy sharing via email. "FLIR has long been committed to 'infrared everywhere' and this new FLIR i3 represents a significant milestone in attaining that goal," said Earl R. Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR. "Being able to develop such a feature rich camera at this price point shows the strength and scale of FLIR's commercial operating model." 02 Feb 11. FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the release of the FLIR E-Series line of thermal imaging cameras. The new FLIR E-Series line comprises four compact thermal imaging cameras that offer superior infrared diagnostic capabilities coupled with industry-first innovations, including Wi-Fi connectivity to mobile devices such as iPhones® and iPads®. The E-Series models are designed to provide advanced thermal diagnostics for industrial plant engineers, electrical and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians, energy auditors, structural inspectors, and professional thermographers, helping them find problems more quickly and easily, and communicate issues more effectively with state-of-the-art tools. The FLIR E-Series cameras are small, light, and rugged thermal imagers that offer a wide 3.5-inch full-view touchscreen, up to 76,800 pixels (320 × 240) of infrared resolution, a 4x digital zoom lens, a 60Hz refresh rate, a 3.1 megapixel digital visible light camera with built-in LED lamp, thermal fusion capabilities to overlay thermal and visible light images, large backlit buttons and controls, 6 invertible palette choices, video recording and streaming capability, and composite video jacks. "The E-Series thermal imagers showcase FLIR's leadership in innovating both cutting edge infrared technologies and user-friendly product ergonomics," said Earl R. Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR. "By aligning unrivaled research and development with customer input, our new E-Series represents a leap forward for thermal camera technology and usability." 31 Jan 11. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program has successfully completed milestone tests as the first Multifunction Fire Control Radar (MFCR) advances toward system tests this year at Pratica di Mare air force base in Italy. The advanced MEADS X-band MFCR employs active phased array technology using transmit/receive modules developed in Germany. The radar provides precision tracking and wideband discrimination and classification. It also incorporates advanced identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) sensors with improved capabilities to identify and type threats. (Source: Yahoo!/PRNewswire) 01 Feb 11. Measures to protect troops in Afghanistan. Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announ

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