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CFT - Compact Field Tester

The CFT (Compact Field Tester) is a compact, lightweight, self-contained camera test system supporting the IR or Visible spectral ranges. The CFT units are designed for use in a laboratory environment and outdoors in a field environment.

The CFT is available is three configurations:

  • The CFT-IR for testing infrared systems.
  • The CFT-VIS for testing visible camera systems. 
  • The CFT-IR/VIS-7 Tester for multi-band systems.

They house a lens-based (refractive) collimator, energy source (blackbody or visible light), and one or more targets, all in single compact, man-portable unit.

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  Main Features:  CFT-IR

  • Portable, compact and lightweight
  • Four user-settable differential temperatures
  • Motorized or manual target wheel with five targets
  • Automated NIST-traceable calibration (*)
  • Ethernet or RS232 communication for temperature and target wheel remote control
  • Full MRTD testing with a PC interface (optional)

 Main Features: CFT-VIS

  • Portable, compact and lightweight
  • Capable of projecting a variety of visible targets
  • Various visible light sources are available

 Main Features: CFT-IR/VIS-7

  • Portable, compact and lightweight
  • Cassegrain reflective collimator 

(*) “NIST”: National Institute of Standards and Technology


IR  Spectral Band

Visible Spectral Band

Multi Spectral Band







Collimating element

IR Lens

IR Lens

Vis. Lens

Vis. Lens

Cassegrain reflector

Spectral band options

3-5µm or  8-12µm

3-5µm or  8-12µm



400nm – 14µm

Clear Aperture

Ø 48 mm (1.9”)

Ø 125 mm (4.9”)

50.8 mm (2")

75 mm (2.95")

177.8mm (7")

(See note 12)

Effective Focal Length

250mm (~ 10”)

500mm (~ 19.7")

200mm (~ 8")

(See note 9)

335mm (~ 13.2")

(See note 9)

500mm (19.7”)

Field of View



5.0 cy/mrad @ 3-5µm,
3.5 cy/mrad @ 8-12µm

6 cy/mrad

10 cy/mrad

10 cy/mrad


90% Average

95% Average


Blackbody Differential Temp.

-2.5 °C to +20 °C  (See note 4)



Blackbody Accuracy

±0.05°C (minimum)

or  ±0.01 x ΔT (the greater of the two)



Blackbody Stability





Illumination Uniformity




Weight [kg]

3.5 kg

4.8 kg

2 kg

10 kg

20 kg

Dimensions, cm (inches)

(see note 2)

43L x 17W x 22H

(16.9L x 6.7W x 8.7H)

45L x 19W x 22H

(17.7L x 7.5W x 8.7H)

Ø6dia. x 28L

(Ø2.46dia. x 11L)

50L x 13W x 16H

(19.7L x 5.1W x 6.3H)

Ø25.4dia. x 63.5L

(Ø10”dia. x 25L)

Operating Temperature

-20 to +50°C

-20 to +40°C

-10 to +35°C

-20 to +50°C

-20 to +50°C

Storage Temperature

-40 to +70 °C

Input Power

20-30 VDC

General Notes:

1. For additional configurations, please contact CI Systems.

2. General tolerances for mechanical dimensions and weights are ±10%.  For an ICD please contact CI Systems.

3. Mechanical interface between the CFT and the UUT is available upon request.

Notes for CFT-IR models:

4. Offered with four user-settable differential temperatures, set through a user-friendly PC interface

5. Includes five user-specified targets

6. Includes a manual target wheel (motorized wheel available upon request)

7. For accurate MRTD testing, the CFT-IR units should be used in the lab. A built-in s/w uses an algorithm to ensure that it emits the same radiance regardless of ambient temp.

Notes for CFT-VIS models:

8. Offered with a single user-defined target

9. Higher resolution is available upon request

10. Battery operation is limited to LED sources only

11. Optional for the CFT-VIS-3:

•       The CFT-VIS-3 can be configured with the SR-300N Integrating Sphere highly-uniform source or with a visible LED-based Backlight

•       RS232 communication for controlling the luminance of the SR-300N Integrating Sphere.

•       Tripod interface included

Notes for


12. Cassegrain 1.5” central obscuration

13. For additional configurations, please contact CI Systems.

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