Teledyne’s Thermal by FLIR program Expands with US Drone Makers BRINC and Teal

April 26, 2023
Thermal by FLIR collaborators Teal and BRINC mark the next generation of small thermal-equipped unmanned aircraft for defense and public safety use.

GOLETA, Calif., April 26, 2023 ― Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, today announced continued momentum within its Thermal by FLIR program for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), highlighted by the integration of its Hadron 640R dual visible-thermal payload within the recently announced Teal 2 drone and the Lepton® 3.5 thermal micro camera within the BRINC LEMUR 2.  

“Teledyne FLIR brings decades of thermal camera development experience to the sUAS market, with a strict focus on reducing the size, weight, and power while expanding the technical capabilities today’s emergency personnel, law enforcement, and warfighters require,” said Mike Walters, vice president, product management, Teledyne FLIR. “The integration of the Teledyne FLIR thermal camera modules into the cutting-edge LEMUR 2 and the Teal 2 demonstrates our continued commitment to innovation and streamlined platform integration.” 

Plug-and-Play Dual Thermal-Visible Imaging Integration  

Made in the USA, Hadron 640R pairs a performance-leading 640x512 resolution radiometric Boson® thermal camera with a 64MP visible camera in a single easy-to-integrate module. With a size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized design, it is an ideal dual-sensor payload for integration into sUAS, unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), robotic platforms, and AI-ready applications where battery life and run-time are mission-critical.  

“Teledyne FLIR maintains an impressive track record of innovation by developing industry-leading thermal imaging sensors and supporting integrators through the development and launch cycle,” said George Matus, founder and CEO of Teal. “The Hadron 640R provides the military-grade Teal 2 with the situational awareness front-line personnel require to dominate the night in support of defense and public safety operations in a variety of environments.”   

Thermal Imaging for Indoor sUAS  

One of seven advanced sensors integrated into the LEMUR 2, the Lepton micro thermal camera is small enough to rest on the tip of a finger, providing 160x120 thermal resolution for capturing accurate, calibrated, and noncontact temperature data within a lightweight and low-power package. It helps provide law enforcement and emergency services with greater situational awareness in total darkness or smoke without placing personnel in danger.  

“Each BRINC LEMUR 2 deployed in an emergency situation is one less individual in harm's way, and a potential life saved, thanks in part to the Lepton micro thermal camera embedded within the airframe,” said Blake Resnick, founder and CEO of BRINC Drones. “In combination with other sensing modalities and the BRINC Autonomy Engine, the Lepton provides critical, real-time data for law enforcement and emergency response personnel to improve safety and outcomes.”  

Full Support for Thermal Innovation 

Thermal by FLIR program collaborators access more than 40 years of industry experience and receive support ranging from product development to marketing. To learn more about the Thermal by FLIR program, please visit    

To see the Teal 2 in person, visit Teal booth #2138 at the Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, April 26-28, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. Catch the Lemur 2 at AUVSI Xponential, May 9-11, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colo.   

About Teledyne FLIR  

Teledyne FLIR, a Teledyne Technologies company, is a world leader in intelligent sensing solutions for defense and industrial applications with approximately 4,000 employees worldwide. Founded in 1978, the company creates advanced technologies to help professionals make better, faster decisions that save lives and livelihoods. For more information, please visit or follow @flir. 

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