US: xG Technology, whose IMT and Vislink brands are recognized as the global leaders in live video communications in the broadcast, law enforcement and defense markets, today announced the collaboration between IMT Vislink and K2 Unmanned Systems, LLC (“K2”) on the launch of K2’s new law enforcement tactical drone, the Knight Hawk. IMT Vislink is providing interoperable, encrypted HD video downlink technology for use with the Knight Hawk, which is the first U.S.-designed and assembled law enforcement tactical UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).
K2 announced the release of the Knight Hawk at the 29th Annual APSA Fly-In Training, a private event hosted by the Pasadena Police Department to network, and train, and display new technologies. The event was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on May 9, 2018.
IMT Vislink downlink technology is fully compatible with regional agencies’ large platform, fixed, and rotary wing surveillance aircraft platforms, allowing for dual use of current portable and mobile command vehicle downlink receive systems. The IMT Vislink downlink systems are built around an “air-to-anywhere” philosophy that allows real-time video to be collected, distributed and managed across all deployed assets.
The Knight Hawk is a commercial grade UAV designed with first responder operations and infrastructure inspection in mind. Its high pound payload capacity, infrared optics, and encrypted HD video downlink are just a few features that make it crucial for critical situations.
John Procacci, Vice President of Sales, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with K2 on their exciting new drone system. Our mission has always been to provide live, real-time video communications that deliver actionable intelligence from all aerial platforms to law enforcement personnel, and this project with K2 is the latest example. We look forward to working with K2 to ensure that our downlink system delivers maximum situational awareness for use in tactical operations.”