The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support has awarded Thales (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) a contract for the manufacture and supply of ten sets of its Sophie XF long-range cooled thermal imagers.
The Sophie XF is a hand-held thermal imaging device with laser range finder, daylight camera and position sensor (GPS receiver and digital compass). The order also extends to logistical support, documentation and training.
Sophie XF is designed to complement around 100 previous systems used by the German Armed Forces. The agreed delivery date is for the autumn of 2013.
The German Armed Forces will use the long-range imagers for surveillance, target acquisition and identification and determining the co-ordinates of the targets at night and in adverse visibility conditions.
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3. Thermal imaging software detects drunks
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-- Dave Wilson, Senior Editor, Vision Systems Design