Electro-optics Briefs

April 1, 2008

Elop introduces uncooled handheld thermal imager with target acquisition

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Elbit Systems Electro-Optics Ltd. (Elop) in Rehovot, Israel, is introducing the MARS uncooled, hand-held thermal imager with target acquisition capabilities. This device employs advanced uncooled Microbolometer technology which facilitates light weight and compact size. The 2-kilogram device has battery operating time of more than eight hours, and is for applications including security and perimeter defense, infantry, scouts and special units, and target acquisition for infantry commanders. Incorporating an integral eye-safe laser rangefinder, digital magnetic compass and GPS, the MARS has been developed in response to the increasing demand in the U.S., Europe, and Israel, says Elop general manager Haim Rousso. For more information, visit Elop online at www.el-op.com.

Thermoteknix offers thermal imaging camera with 25-micron detector

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Thermoteknix Systems Ltd. in Waterbeach, England, is introducing the MIRICLE 110K-25 384-by-288-pixel miniature infrared camera, which uses uncooled microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) detectors that are sensitive in the longwave infrared (7–14 micron) band. The MIRICLE 110K-25 is available with optional super-sensitivity mode offering up to 10–35 mK NEDT for selected applications where small temperature difference or long range detectivity are needed. The reduced pixel pitch of the MIRICLE 110K-25 enables small, lightweight optics to be used and allows increased detection range for a given focal length when compared with larger pitch detectors. With an assembled weight of 85 grams (without lens) the MIRICLE 110K-25 is for unmanned aerial vehicles and field portable applications. For more information, visit Thermoteknix online at www.thermoteknix.com.

Dynasil acquires Precision Optics product line

Dynasil Corp. of America, a photonics company headquartered in New Jersey, has acquired an optical filter product line from Precision Optics Corp. Inc. in Gardner, Mass. The purchase includes the intellectual property, customer base, and equipment to produce a variety of high-performance optical filters that extend the market offerings of Dynasil subsidiary Optometrics Corp. in Ayer, Mass. The Optometrics business where the POC product line will reside specializes in optical filters and diffraction gratings. Laura Lunardo, COO of Optometrics, notes that: “The POC line will add Long Life Filters to our laminated interference filter product set, enabling Optometrics to offer a broader range of filters to the spectroscopy, astronomical, medical and laser markets as well as to adjacent markets that we do not currently serve.”

FLIR Systems wins $13 million order from Colombian Ministry of Defense

FLIR Systems Inc. has received a $13 million order from the Colombian Ministry of Defense for its Star SAFIRE HD stabilized, multisensor systems. The units delivered under this order will be used by the Colombian Air Force onboard helicopters in performance of national security and counter-narcotic missions. FLIR was chosen for the Star SAFIRE HD’s system performance, as well as the company’s regional support capabilities. The Star SAFIRE is a third-generation system, providing a digital high-definition image from all its imaging sensors in an environmentally rugged design. Customer support, training, and integration services will be performed from FLIR’s licensed maintenance facility in Bogota, Colombia. Work will be performed at FLIR’s facility in Portland, Ore. Deliveries are expected to take place during the second half of 2008.

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