Navitar Vision Technology Supports Military & Defense

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Navitar, a precision optical solutions provider based in Rochester, New York, designs and manufactures lens and camera systems, electro-optical vision solutions, and advanced vision technologies used in military and defense systems and homeland security applications.

According to Navitar CEO, Jeremy Goldstein, “Navitar developed lens technology for the autonomous vehicle industry enabling cars to distinguish objects in blinding and glaring sun light. This same technology is now being used within the military and defense sector for missile guidance, target detection, soldier situational awareness, tracking hostile drones, and improving gimbal payload surveillance. The US Department of Homeland Security also uses Navitar lens and camera modules to achieve improved facial recognition through sun glare and tinted windshields.”

At the core of Navitar’s camera and lens vision technology is the ability to achieve outstanding lens resolution. Navitar high dynamic range lenses are designed with multi-layer anti-reflection coatings, built-in infrared rejection filters and ultra-low reflectance internal mechanics for excellent veiling glare characteristics. Optimized for adverse environments, these HDR lenses boast thermal performance to a temperature as low as -40°C and maximum of 105°C. They are compact, lightweight, and offer broader visual detection and more detailed images than other lenses.

Navitar lenses are often integrated with Pixelink® cameras or proprietary sensors provided by the customer. Pixelink, a Navitar company, manufactures a wide range of high-performance industrial cameras and custom OEM imaging solutions to meet demanding application requirements. Pixelink engineers and application support specialists work with the latest high-resolution CMOS sensor technology, and offer in-house mechanical, software and firmware design.

It is Navitar’s development of internal active lens/sensor alignment methods that helps to continuously improve upon the image quality of the lens-camera modules they produce. Simply attaching a camera and lens with a standard mechanical mount degrades the performance of each component. Navitar’s proprietary Lens-Sensor Active Alignment process ensures the full capability of the lens and sensor are carried over to each completed electro-optical module. Navitar systems show little-to-no image focus loss over large temperature ranges, outstanding color correction, and low lens-to-lens variation.

“Navitar has designed and manufactured lens systems for the Department of Defense for over 60 years,” Goldstein adds. “We are proud to contribute to the safety and protection of the United States and continue to support our military branches and national security and defense strategies.”

Navitar modules, vision systems and components are used for:
• Soldier Systems – Improving Situational Awareness and Threat Detection
• Air Defense Systems Against Drones / Counter Unmanned Aircraft Systems (CUAS)
• Missile Guidance and Tracking
• Gimbal Payloads
• Facial Recognition

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Navitar’s optical and mechanical design experience, manufacturing capabilities, modular product lines and customer-centric approach sets them apart from other vision technology providers. In addition to the military and defense and homeland security sector, Navitar integrated imaging solutions support machine vision, metrology and robotic systems, advanced semiconductor and electronic inspection, life science imaging, autonomous vehicles, entertainment, planetarium, sports broadcasting, and AR/VR.

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