Teledyne FLIR Defense, a division of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, unveiled its latest innovation, the Rogue 1™ loitering munition system, at last week’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week convention in Tampa.

Rogue 1 represents a cutting-edge, swiftly deployable, and optionally lethal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) small unmanned aerial system (sUAS), empowering warfighters to execute precision strikes against both moving and stationary armored targets, soft-skinned vehicles, and dismounted threats. Featuring an advanced fuzing system, Rogue 1 introduces a groundbreaking mechanical interrupt mechanism, ensuring the safe recovery and reuse of the aircraft when targets disengage, or missions are aborted.

Drawing on Teledyne FLIR’s reputation as the world’s premier sensor provider, Rogue 1 incorporates advanced electro-optical and FLIR Boson® 640+ thermal cameras, delivering day and night long-range reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities. Moreover, the gimbaled payload establishes a seamless connection between sensors and warhead, enabling exceptionally accurate targeting. Operators can outfit the system with modular, mission-specific payloads tailored for different target types, including options like Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP), Forward Fragmenting, or non-lethal Trainer payloads.

Boasting a 30-minute flight duration, burst speeds exceeding 70 mph (113 kph), and a range of over six miles (10 km), the lightweight Rogue 1 is designed to excel in today’s challenging battlefield environments, including areas with compromised communication and GPS signals. Rogue 1 surpasses the capabilities of existing organic weapon systems, offering enhanced performance while minimizing collateral damage and maximizing standoff distance.

“The new Rogue 1 gives warfighters the versatility, survivability and lethality demanded by the modern battlespace,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, executive vice president and general manager of Teledyne FLIR Defense. “With its unique ability to be recovered and reused when targeting conditions change, this innovative platform also offers military forces greater economy and flexibility. Rogue 1 leverages our decades of expertise developing combat-proven drone technology and complements our global UAS portfolio – from the Black Hornet nano-drone to our SkyRaider and SkyRanger quadcopters to our StormCaster sensor and targeting payloads.

“Customers and potential users have been awe-struck by Rogue 1’s performance, and we’re confident it will deliver a meaningful edge to troops on the frontlines,” Lei added.

In April, Teledyne FLIR Defense disclosed its selection by the U.S. Marine Corps for an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract valued at up to $249 million for the Organic Precision Fires-Light (OPF-L) program. As part of this agreement, the company is proposing its Rogue 1 as the OPF-L platform and is set to provide an initial batch of 127 systems to the Marines later this summer.

In 2022, Teledyne FLIR supplied Rogue 1 systems to the U.S. Special Operations Command for assessment within their Ground Organic Precision Strike Systems (GOPSS) program. The company continues to fulfill additional system deliveries as part of this initiative.