19 February 2004 Thales Angenieux recent progress in night vision technology
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Uncooled LWIR technology yields now an attractive alternative within the thermal sights area: TAGX launched one year ago, a new product line ELVIR, promoting cost-efficient solutions whilst meeting performances that are likely to suit most hand-held military purposes. We backed on our earnest skills on previous in-house made equipment such as light intensifier goggles, to reach the best trends, both complying with operational demands and current market prices. The very first step which is aiming at settling the main device characteristics will be emphasized thought typical requirements upon current customer’s requests: quick and flexible range computations models should answer that purpose and we will rely on operational feed back. ELVIR is built around micro- bolometer arrays that are available in France: a very best effort was done on each cost budget contributor, involving mechanics, electronics and optics. As detailed hereafter, many improvements were steered up by the latest research outcomes, partly sponsored by the French DGA, as, for instance, low cost LWIR lenses already off-the-shelves in France thanks to the UMICORE IR Glass Company. All these compromises will be displayed
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Joel Rollin, Jean Louis Teszner, Jean-Luc Espie, "Thales Angenieux recent progress in night vision technology", Proc. SPIE 5251, Detectors and Associated Signal Processing, (19 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.517144; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.517144
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