Teledyne FLIR Unveils New Loitering Munition 'Rogue 1'

Rogue 1 VTOL drone enables warfighters to conduct precision-strikes against moving and stationary armored targets, soft-skinned vehicles, and dismounted threats.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 09:57 AM, May 9, 2024
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Teledyne FLIR Unveils New Loitering Munition 'Rogue 1'
Rogue 1 loitering munition system

Teledyne FLIR Defense has unveiled its new Rogue 1 loitering munition system at this week’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week convention in Tampa.

Rogue 1 is a next-generation, rapidly deployed, and optionally-lethal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) that enables warfighters to conduct precision-strikes against moving and stationary armored targets, soft-skinned vehicles, and dismounted threats. An advanced fuzing system on Rogue 1 features a first-of-its-kind mechanical interrupt that allows the aircraft to be safely recovered and reused when targets are disengaged or missions are aborted.

Rogue 1 also features advanced electro-optical and FLIR Boson 640+ thermal cameras to deliver day/night long-range reconnaissance and surveillance. Plus, a novel coupling between sensors and warhead in the gimballed payload enables precise targeting. Operators can attach modular, mission-specific payloads with lethal effects designed for distinct target types. Users can choose from Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP), Forward Fragmenting, or non-lethal Trainer payload options.

With a 30-minute flight time, burst speeds of more than 70 mph (113 kph), and range greater than six miles (10 km), the lightweight Rogue 1 was developed for today’s harsh battlefield conditions, including communication- and GPS-denied environments. Rogue 1 performs beyond the range and capabilities of existing organic weapon systems, while minimizing collateral damage and maximizing standoff.

In April, Teledyne FLIR Defense announced it had been selected by the U.S. Marine Corps for an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract worth up to $249 million for the Organic Precision Fires-Light (OPF-L) program. The company is offering Rogue 1 as its OPF-L platform and will deliver an initial order of 127 systems to the Marines later this summer.

In 2022 Teledyne FLIR supplied the first Rogue 1 systems to U.S. Special Operations Command for evaluation under their Ground Organic Precision Strike Systems (GOPSS) program and continues to deliver additional systems at present.

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