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Thales Launches Three New Night Vision Devices

Thales Launches Three New Night Vision Devices

Source: Thales, Eurosatory, June 15, 2004

Thales is expanding its line of Sophie thermal imagers with the creation of three new products. The Sophie multi-application portable night vision device is now available in three new versions. The first offers an extended range; the second is a multi-function device offering complete target acquisition, location and designation functions; and the third offers very high-resolution imaging in addition to the above features.

Sophie Thermal Camera presented at EuroSatory 2004 - Thales Photo

Sophie Thermal Camera presented at EuroSatory 2004 - Thales Photo

With more than 6,000 units sold in 45 countries, the Sophie thermal camera is now widely used for surveillance, combat and peacekeeping missions. Non-detectable due to its infrared operation, it can be used to observe even camouflaged targets, both day and night, under all weather conditions. Its lightweight design (2.4 kg) makes it ideal for use by infantry soldiers.  It can recognise a tank at a range of more than 3 km. Operating in the 8-12 µm spectral band, Sophie is impervious to obscurants such as fog, smoke, fire and solar dazzle, making it suitable for all battlefield environments and law enforcement missions.

Sophie Thermal Camera - Thales Photo

Sophie Thermal Camera - Thales Photo

The expanded Sophie product line meets the full spectrum of observation, surveillance, detection, location, target designation and fire control requirements of all types of users (troopers, platoon leaders, scouts, police, security forces, border patrols, etc.).
The three new versions, designed with numerous common subassemblies, are as follows:

  1. The “Sophie LR” (Long Range): Range expanded 25% through reduced FOV and built-in image stabilisation.

  2. The “Sophie MF” (Multi-Function): In addition to the features of the “Sophie LR”, this version includes an eye-safe laser rangefinder, a GPS, a direction finder and a laser pointing system. These features transform the basic device into a complete acquisition, location and designation system that weighs less than 3 kg. The “Sophie MF” is also available with a built-in colour camera.
  3. The “Sophie XR” (eXtended Range):  In addition to all the features of Sophie MF, this version includes the new SOFRADIR high-resolution “Scorpio” detector, extending Sophie’s range capabilities to 5-10 km.

All of these devices are commercially available with a full range of shared accessories. The high level of commonality across the Sophie product family optimises user training and equipment maintenance requirements.

  • About Thales:

Thales is a world leader in professional electronics and systems in aerospace, defence, services and security markets. The Group employs 62,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of 10.6 billion euros in 2003.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).