According to the Lexington Institute, gaining air superiority in order to guard tactical UAVs carrying payloads such as Hood Tech’s imaging systems will be critical in future conflicts.
The need to establish early air superiority was most recently illustrated in the conflict in Libya. “Once U.S. and NATO forces had destroyed Gaddafi’s air defense and command and control systems, the skies were safe for the family of U.S. drones”. These unmanned aircraft included not only the large UAVs most commonly paraded by the media but also the small tactical drones such as the one carrying Hood Tech imaging systems.
While historically Hood Tech’s imaging systems have contributed to a 99 percent mission-readiness rate and the ability to respond to time-critical and unplanned missions within 30 minutes of notification, during one set of operations over Libya, Hood Tech imagers achieved a 100 percent mission-readiness rate over more than 1,000 flight hours.
Hood Technology Corp. Vision, Inc. (Hood Tech) designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, boats, land vehicles, and stationary mounts. The reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated over more than a half-million hours of operations in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors around the globe (http://www.alticamvision.com).
Hood Technology was founded by Dr. Andy von Flotow in Hood River, Oregon in 1993. In addition to stabilized imaging systems, Hood Technology develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for a variety of UAVs and monitors blade deflections in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for anticipating future failures (www.hoodtech.com).
For further information, please contact Dr. Lars Bergstrom at [email protected].