Aerospace & Defense?


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)


Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs)


Target Acquisition and Designation


Surveillance and Situational Awareness

Across multiple domains—aerial and maritime, on land and in space—the aerospace and defense industries use unmanned aerial, ground, and marine vehicles (UAVs, UGVs, and UMVs), fixed wing and rotorcraft aircrafts, and many other autonomous systems for target acquisition and designation, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and general situational awareness.

Why Aerospace & Defense?

The market for sensors within the aerospace and defense industries is projected to grow from USD 24.7 billion in 2019 to USD 33.2 billion by 2025, with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% due to the increased procurement of defense systems by countries in the Asia Pacific region.1

Military Sensors Market

Optics for Aerospace & Defense

Vehicle and drone systems used in aerospace applications and for defense rely heavily on high-performance imaging components to meet rigorous requirements across a wide range of environments. Ruggedized and ingress protected imaging lenses help to consistently maintain high-resolution performance in environments with vibration, shock, extreme temperatures, and moisture. SWIR lenses allow users to view objects in degraded visual environments, such as fog, sand storms, smoke, and other battlefield obscurants using SWIR light with longer wavelengths than the visible spectrum.

Edmund Optics (EO) is a world class optics and photonics manufacturer with over 78 years of experience in optics, design, testing, and manufacturing. Additionally, EO offers a broad selection of versatile and off-the-shelf products, which are continuously updated to support current, relevant challenges for aerospace & defense. Learn more about Edmund Optics and our World-Class Imaging Optics and Manufacturing Capabilities.

Edmund Optics’ Solutions for Aerospace & Defense

Edmund Optics’ Solutions for Aerospace & Defense

Technical Information and Tools


Informative corporate or instructional videos ranging from simple tips to application-based demonstrations of product advantages.


Ruggedized Imaging Lenses


Liquid Lens Cx Series Fixed Focal Length Lenses


Application Notes

Technical information and application examples including theoretical explanations, equations, graphical illustrations, and much more.

Diffraction Limit


6 Fundamental Parameters of an Imaging System

From Lens to Sensor: Limitations on Collecting Information

11 Best Practices for
Better Imaging

Imaging Electronics 101: Understanding Camera Sensors for Machine Vision Applications

Imaging Electronics 101: Basics of Digital Camera Settings for Improved Imaging Results

Technical Articles

Links to technical articles appearing in industry publications authored by Edmund Optics or featuring contributions from EO's engineering team and key management.

"Vision & Sensors Lens Selection Guide, Part 1" by Nick Sischka - Quality Vision & Sensors


"Lens Selection Guide, Part 2" by Nick Sischka - Quality Vision & Sensors


"Vision Systems for 3D Measurement Require Care to Ensure Alignment" by Jessica Gehlhar - Industrial Photonics

"How To Maximise The Performance Of An Imaging System" by Daniel Adams - Assemblaggio & Meccatronica


1 Military Sensors Market. (2019, July). Retrieved June 23, 2020, from https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/military-sensor-market-267608019.html

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