The Navy recently began investing in the design of mission-specific payloads for the Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft
System (STUAS). STUAS is a Tier II size UAS with a roughly 35 pound mission payload and a gimbaled general-purpose
electro optical/infrared (EO/IR) system. The EO/IR system is likely composed of a video camera in the visible,
a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and/or a long-wave infrared (LWIR) for night operations, and an infrared marker and laser
Advanced Coherent Technologies, LLC (ACT), in a series of SBIR efforts, has developed a modular, multi-channel
imaging system for deployment on airborne and UAV platforms. ACT's system, called EYE5, demonstrates how an
EO/IR system combined with an on-board, real-time processor can be tailored for specific applications to produce real-time
actionable data. The EYE5 sensor head and modular real-time processor descriptions are presented in this work.
Examples of the system's abilities in various Navy-relevant applications are reviewed.