Precision Optical Components and Solutions

Government & Defense

Superior Optics

As a premier designer and manufacturer of high-quality precision optical components, assemblies, and systems, FLIR has been providing optical solutions for defense, industrial and commercial markets across the globe. Our focus on quality has earned us a reputation as a world-class provider of optical solutions supporting a wide array of market applications. These turnkey solutions (design, manufacture, assembly, and test) make it seamless for our customers to get custom optics and assemblies for their unique needs.

Force Protection

Vertically integrated into FLIR products, our optics range in size from the Black Hornet nano-UAV to handheld sights to large gimbals for airborne, maritime, and land applications. FLIR has provided over 100,000 military, dual-use, and commercial IR sensors for customers in more than 75 nations. FLIR Precision Optics has provided optics for thousands of uncooled and cooled cameras and systems to help secure and protect air and naval facilities, combat and peacekeeping forces, borders, and critical infrastructure. US forces, NATO and allied nations live and work under the security umbrella provided by FLIR.

Optical Fabrication

Highly skilled opticians, state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) equipment, and deterministic processes make up the core foundation of the conventional and CNC polishing areas. This philosophy of dual competencies provides the capability and flexibility to address the most complex shapes. Advanced capabilities include: Asphere Grinding and Polishing, Magneto Rheological Finishing (MRF), custom 5-axis machining / shaping, and freeform surface processing. Substrates include all glass types and various IR crystals.

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Diamond Turning

Ultra precision Single Point Diamond Turning (SPDT) platforms coupled with full-aperture metrology allows FLIR Precision Optics to exceed customers’ expectations. Years of experience processing a wide variety of IR crystals and non-ferrous metals allow us to meet your demanding needs. Geometries include aspheric, diffractive profiles, parabolic, toroidal, ellipsoidal, select free-forms, and precision lens arrays. Advanced capabilities include Slow Tool Servo, Fast Tool Servo, and B axis configurations for steep surfaces.

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Thin Film Coatings

FLIR engineers can assist in the design, development and production of customized coating solutions to meet precise optical specifications. This includes AR coatings, filter coatings, beam-splitters, and metal coatings for Vis, NIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR wavebands. Quartz crystal and optical monitoring allows for in-situ film deposition monitoring and precise layer thickness control. FLIR specializes in high-durability anti-reflective coatings that are designed to withstand the harshest marine salt / fog environments. DLC is also available for extreme durability requirements. FLIR’s coatings have demonstrated excellent performance under the most challenging conditions.

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Optical / Mechanical Assemblies and Sub-Assemblies

FLIR designs and produces ruggedized, MIL-SPEC qualified optical assemblies and sub-assemblies utilizing more than 20 years of experience and consistent quality. With our products going into extreme conditions, our assemblies are rigorously tested both for optical performance as well as mechanical durability. FLIR Optics has a superb record of success with various end-use military, commercial, and scientific products and applications.

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Patterned Optics, Reticles and Reticle Assemblies

Patterned optics are optical components with technical patterns. These patterns either convey information (reticles, alpha-numerics) or perform a function, such as electro-magnetic interference (EMI) attenuation, heating or targeting. FLIR is the largest volume U.S. manufacturer of precision reticles for both military and sport optics. FLIR reticles have been fielded on more than one million military riflescopes. From illuminated reticles and non-illuminated reticles, to high visibility technology patterns, FLIR engineers work to ensure the reticle patterns provide the user with the information needed for their application.

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Advanced Metrology

FLIR invests in state-of-the-art metrology equipment and has a full complement of capabilities to verify and document component and system performance. Our commitment to quality is backed by our AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 quality certifications

Quality Assurance & Compliance

FLIR AS9100D and ISO9001:2015 certified Management Systems provide a commitment to best practices through independent auditing, and FLIR Systems, Inc. is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and compliant with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

To learn how you can engage with FLIR as your preferred solution provider and advisor for optical components, patterned optics, and optical assemblies, please contact us at optics@flir.com.