Qiop­tiq launches Saker at Eurosa­tory


Qiop­tiq’s new fused weapon sight (FWS) Saker was of­fi­cially launched at Eurosa­tory 2012. Nom­i­nated by serv­ing and for­mer mil­i­tary per­son­nel in two cat­e­gories at the Sol­dier Tech­nol­ogy Con­fer­ence in Lon­don held on May 22 and hav­ing won the award for the “Best Sit­u­a­tional Aware­ness De­vice”, Saker pro­vides the dis­mounted close com­bat user with an ‘en­hanced de­tect, recog­nise and iden­tify’ ca­pa­bil­ity. It com­bines im­age in­ten­si­fier and un­cooled ther­mal imag­ing sen­sors into a sin­gle sight unit. De­signed with a low-power ar­chi­tec­ture and fea­tur­ing a re­mov­able bat­tery pack, Saker can be used as a stand-alone sight or as an in line/clip-on sight, pro­vid­ing flex­i­bil­ity and for­ward com­pat­i­bil­ity.

Saker is a clip-on in-line (COIL) fused weapon sight util­is­ing and com­bin­ing the lat­est im­age in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion and un­cooled ther­mal imag­ing ca­pa­bil­ity in one com­pact, light­weight pack­age and de­liv­er­ing a flex­i­ble ar­chi­tec­ture to al­low the user max­imise the ben­e­fits of both tech­nolo­gies. This struc­ture cou­pled with a num­ber of other innovations taken from on-go­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment pro­cesses and the use of light­weight ma­te­ri­als (ex­ploited as al­ter­na­tives to alu­minium and plas­tics as an al­ter­na­tive to glass) as­sist with over­all size and weight re­duc­tion. Saker is tar­geted at Spe­cial Forces users and ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments in par­tic­u­lar by pro­vid­ing a light­weight low light/ zero light so­lu­tion that will as­sist in tar­get de­tec­tion and recog­ni­tion at ranges well in ex­cess of most mod­ern as­sault ri­fles. Saker is com­pat­i­ble with a range of op­ti­cal sights and at­taches via a quick re­lease bracket, pro­vid­ing 24 hour ca­pa­bil­ity with the abil­ity to continue oper­at­ing even dur­ing the harsh­est vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions.

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