Paris Air Show 2023: Leonardo DRS unveils next-generation STAG-8 stabilized multi-sensor EO/IR payload gimbal for UAVs and light aircraft

Leonardo DRS unveiled, on June 19, 2023, its next-generation stabilized, multi-sensor EO/IR payload gimbal for small to medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems, light fixed-wing aircraft, and helicopters.

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Leonardo DRS unveils next generation STAG 8 stabilized multi sensor EO IR payload gimbal for UAVs and light aircraft STAG-8 (top left) and STAG-8 EO Gimbals for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Picture source: Leonardo DRS)

This gimbal integrates a range of state-of-the-art small high-performance sensors, including high-definition electro-optical, high-definition mid-wave infrared, short-wave infrared, laser range finder, and laser target designator. By incorporating these cutting-edge sensors, the gimbal ensures comprehensive situational awareness and precise target acquisition.

The gimbal system is characterized by its stability, adherence to the Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), compact size of less than 8 in. in diameter, and a weight of under 12 pounds. The lightweight and streamlined design of the STAG-8 gimbal leads to significant reductions in weight and volume, thereby enhancing the overall performance capabilities of the system.

This new gimbal is designed to deliver improved intelligence surveillance reconnaissance and targeting mission performance. It offers advanced capabilities for electro-optical and infrared payloads and is specifically tailored for unmanned aerial systems of various sizes as well as fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.