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.
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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


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

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FLIR ION M440 Datasheet

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