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The FLIR ION M440 is a tactical short-range reconnaissance quadcopter purpose-built for austere environments.

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Rugged, agile, and ready to deploy rapidly, the FLIR ION M440 tactical quadcopter is purpose-built for short-range reconnaissance. The ION is rucksack portable and hand-launched. Built-in daytime and nighttime obstacle avoidance reduce cognitive load for operators in tight, obstructive environments. The ION can fly for 35 minutes, reaching a top speed of 23 mph (10.3 m/s).

The ION’s nimble flight capabilities pair with GPS-denied navigation. In GPS-denied or degraded environments, the ION can still maintain operation. The ION also utilizes accurate cursor-on-target, providing accurate coordinates for relay to the GCS. These battlefield capabilities combine improved situational awareness with intuitive operation to keep the warfighter safe and out of the line of fire in dangerous environments.

The ION M440 system is an NDAA-compliant drone designed and manufactured in the United States. The ION is pre-approved for government and military acquisition by the Defense Innovation Unit’s Blue sUAS Program.


Rapidly Deployable
Immediately soldier-deployable short-range reconnaissance VTOL system.

Safer To Fly
Embedded sensors and advanced flight algorithms offer a continuous collision
avoidance failsafe.

Operable In GPS-Denied Environments
Maintains operational and flight capabilities in GPS-denied or
degraded environments.

Open System Architecture
Features a high-powered discrete mission computer for advanced autonomous
functions, is MAVLINK compliant, and interoperable with C-GCS, including TOGA.



Immediate ISR
Situational Awareness
Force Protection
Beyond Line-Of-Sight Reconnaissance
Target Tracking


Product Specifications


ION M440 Kit Details 

Standard Features 

Air Vehicle 

Two Lithium-Ion rechargeable smart batteries 

Battery Charger 

Softshell portable case 

Pelican hard shipping case 

Field repair kit 

ION 440 H-GCS 


ION M440 H-GCS (ATAK integrated) 

Weight – with Payload 3.99lbs (1.8kg) 

Dimensions – Folded 11.1” x 5.7” x 4.9” (28.2cm x 14.5cm x 12.4cm)

Dimensions – Unfolded 22.5” x 22” x 4.9” (56.4cm x 56cm x 12.4cm)



Wide EO Sensor 12.0 MP EO Sensor with 3.37mm 82° FOV Lens

Narrow EO Sensor 12.0 MP EO Sensor with 3.37mm 28° FOV Lens

IR Sensor 320 x 256 px FLIR BOSON 320 with 6.3mm 34° FOV lens

EO Sensor Zoom 4x optical, 10x digital 

Time of Flight Sensor Forward Collision Avoidance 



Endurance 35 min (MSL: 100 ft, Ambient Temp: 4.5-37.7˚ C)

Speed 23 mph (10.3 m/s) 



Wind Tolerance 20kts (10.3 m/s) 

Precipitation 0.25” per hour (0.64cm per hour) 

Ambient Temperature Limit -20˚C, +50˚ C 


Data Link 

Frequency 1800-1850 Mhz 

Encryption AES 256 

Protocol MAVLink 

Range 3 km 

Radio 1.8Ghz DDL


In the box


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