Thales to sup­ply So­phie XF to Ger­man armed forces


Thales will man­u­fac­ture and sup­ply ten sets of So­phie XF Type lon­grange cooled ther­mal im­agers to the Ger­man armed forces un­der a new agree­ment an­nounced on Fe­bru­ary 25. The con­tract was awarded by the Fed­eral Of­fice of Bun­deswehr Equip­ment, In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and In-Ser­vice Sup­port (BAAINBw), with de­liv­ery ex­pected dur­ing the au­tumn of 2013.

So­phie XF is de­signed to com­ple­ment around 100 pre­vi­ous sys­tems used by the Ger­man armed forces. The hand-held, multi-func­tional ther­mal imag­ing de­vice features laser range finder, day­light cam­era and po­si­tion sen­sor (GPS re­ceiver and dig­i­tal com­pass). The con­tin­u­ous op­ti­cal zoom makes the high op­ti­cal per­for­mance ca­pa­bil­ity very easy to utilise. The sys­tem also features a dis­tinc­tive mul­ti­tude of mea­sure­ment and record­ing op­tions, low-weight, longer-life bat­ter­ies and re­duced noise gen­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, the Ger­man armed forces will use this lon­grange im­ager for sur­veil­lance, tar­get ac­qui­si­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and de­ter­min­ing the co­or­di­nates of th­ese tar­gets at night and in ad­verse vis­i­bil­ity con­di­tions. The or­der also in­cludes lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port, doc­u­men­ta­tion and train­ing.

Hol­ger Brandt, Vice Pres­i­dent De­fence & Se­cu­rity Sys­tems, Thales Deutsch­land, said: “We are de­lighted with this fol­low-up pro­cure­ment or­der, which will pro­vide the user with an in­no­va­tive, user-friendly de­vice with a wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions.”

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