Military Cameras for UAVs

Gimbal and piloting cameras for every UAV/UAS use requirement and range (Tactical, MALE, HALE).

Kappa offers you DO-160/MIL-STD 704-qualified camera solutions for every UAV and UAS use requirement and range (Tactical, MALE, HALE). High resolution imaging is a key factor in UAV missions such as piloting, targeting, surveillance and search & rescue. Our high performance cameras provide you with precise information for topography, location and movement of assets, even under extreme low light conditions. The day & night visions are perfectly suited for long-range applications from VIS up to extended vision with SWIR and LWIR.

Our Retrofit Design cameras for swapping out existing older camera technology in drones fit seamlessly into the elaborate systems of our military customers with complete investment security for the obsolescence management. These SWaP-C-optimized, highly robust cameras are integrated into gimbals/payloads or mounted externally onto the aircraft. Various small and lightweight versions, such as miniaturized cameras or remote head cameras, are available.

Kappa UAV camera highlights
Crisp clear cideos | H.264 - Dual Streaming | Power failure survival (250 ms) | Visibility under low light conditions

Maximum safety with Kappa UAV cameras
EN / AS / JISQ 9100 certifi ed camera supplier | RTCA / DO-178C | RTCA / DO-254 (up to DAL B) | DO-160 / MIL-STD 704
| ED-112A, ED-155 and all other applicable standards

Not only with Kappa UAV cameras - Your benefits at a glance
Latest sensor technology up to 4K | Extremely rugged design | Day & night vision under demanding light conditions | Low-Latency| Distortion-free imaging of fast-moving scenes | Maximum safety | High integration capability | Complete systems for your requirements | Long-term availability & functional warranty over the life cycle


UAV payload cameras for gimbals

Military UAV payload camera with remote head

Military UAV payload camera with remote head

UAV payload operations camera with remote head version

UAV payload operations camera with remote head

UAV payload camera positions/FoV

UAV payload camera positions/FoV

UAV piloting camera

Application advantages for UAV gimbal cameras

Sensors, 1080p60 up to 4K
- global shutter sensor for sharp video even when following fast moving objects
- small size Full HD sensor for minimized space when using telezoom lens
- 4K sensor featuring unrivalled digital zoom up to 16x compared to PAL/NTSC
Sensor unit detachable from electronics optimum usage of available space inside gimbal
Smart light weight design SWaP-C optimized
Various FoV for different tasks payload integration, various FoVs down to 2°
Motorized zoom 30x DRI: Detection (4pix vertical):
range person data up to 48.4 km, range car/vehicle data up to 63.6 km


Taxi Aid with 48-95 FoV

Taxi Aid with 48-95° FoV UAV Camera

Piloting up to 130° FoV

Piloting up to 130° FoV UAV Camera

UAV Piloting with CMOS Full HD Camera

UAV piloting with CMOS Full HD cameras, various FoV and positions.

Application advantages for UAV piloting cameras

Full HD 1080, color version  crisp clear videos take-off, fl ight, taxiing and landing
Full HD 1080, B/W version crisp clear videos during take-off, fl ight, taxiing and landing,
visibility under extreme low light (quarter moon) conditions
H.264 compression inside the camera low bandwidth usage configurable 250 KB to 8 MB
Dual stream compression bandwidth flexibility for telemetry and onboard recording
250 ms power gap survival no frame lost even at short time power interrupt
Extensive set of commands control and command of any camera function and setting from ground station
Automatic de-icing & de-misting clear view even in extreme low temperature zone
Various FoV for different
- for tail fi n & wing tip (full sight of whole aircraft during flight
- for nose wheel (detail view of taxiing area)
- various FoV 48° up to 130° FoV



Full-HD cameras for safe UAV flight control

For piloting UAVs (HALE/MALE), two highly robust Full-HD cameras mounted on the outside of the aircraft  are used: one tail fin camera for flight control and one nose wheel camera for safely controlled landing. H.264-compressed video data are transmitted to the ground station. Data compression takes place in the camera itself, requiring very little transmission bandwidth. Moreover, since it requires no further electronics, this procedure saves both space and cost.

Kappa UAV control cameras are designed for integration into collision avoidance systems.


Cameras for long distance observation

Kappa offers special Full-HD camera modules with high-resolution optics for payload integration (gimbal). These cameras, with various FoVs, deliver razor-sharp images even at distances of km for HALE/MALE.

With our many years of experience developing and manufacturing cameras for aviation requirements, we offer you the highest level of safety for your application. Kappa is your expert for UAV / UAS cameras.

Rugged Design cameras for extreme environments

Qualification, e.g., DO-160

Design Assurance, e.g., DO-178 and DO-254


Long Range Camera Systems with Global Shutter

Using long range camera systems for Tactical surveillance, reconnaissance and monitoring.
Situational awareness application, if it needs to make timelier, more-informed decisions in tactical situations.

More details with datasheets see below:

  • Long Range 2.0 - Rugged HD Zoom with Global Shutter
  • Long Range Micro

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