The US Navy Successfully Employs Hood Tech’s 11 EOIR1 Imaging System for Its New Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS)

The US Navy successfully employed Hood Tech’s latest electro-optical, gimbal-mounted imaging system in a test of its new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the RQ-21A. The 11 EOIR1 system is housed in a fully gimbaled ball turret, with a powerful 160 X zoom lens.

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From:  Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date:  September 20, 2012
Subject:  The US Navy Successfully Employs Hood Tech’s 11 EOIR1 Imaging System for Its New Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS), the RQ-21A
Contact:  Dr. Lars Bergstrom, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-490-9099,
Hood Tech’s new 11 EOIR1 electro-optical imaging system took flight September 10, 2012 on the RQ-21A Small Tactical Aircraft System (STUAS).  The shakedown flight lasted 66 minutes.  (, “I suspect during the test flight the imaging system saw little use, unlike expectations for when the UAV is deployed,” said Lars Bergstrom, the Chief of Operations Officer for Hood Tech Vision.  “We expect that, when deployed, the RQ21A will rely for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) on the robustness and definition of the camera ball, which is fully gimbaled, features a 160 X zoom lens, and relies on field-proven electronics and software.”
When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Hood Technology Corp. Vision, Inc. (Hood Tech) now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS):  level 9, and has just announced new stabilization technology and electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 160X.  This results in a field of view of 0.3 degrees, in a package that weighs less than six kg.  Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 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 600,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (
Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1993.  Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Technology:

  • Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for a variety of UAVs and
  • Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for predicting possible future failures.

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Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc.
3100 Cascade
Hood River, OR 97031
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