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Thales launch­es MINIE night vision gog­gle

Thales announces the launch of MINIE, the new night vision gog­gle for infantry sol­diers. The new prod­uct is devel­oped by the company’s spe­cial­ist sub­sidiary, Thales Angénieux.

MINIE com­bines a com­pact and light­weight design, offer­ing a reduc­tion in weight of 30% with cur­rent prod­ucts, whilst improv­ing opti­cal per­for­mance by 20%.

MINIE can be inte­grat­ed in any infantry sys­tems and recent field tri­als have demon­strat­ed that this lat­est addi­tion to the Thales range of optron­ic prod­ucts is a per­fect match for the oper­a­tional require­ments of future infantry sol­diers.

As well as advanced ergonom­ics that make it the most com­pact and light­weight night vision gog­gle on the mar­ket, MINIE offers unpar­al­leled opti­cal per­for­mance. With image qual­i­ty supe­ri­or to high-def­i­n­i­tion tele­vi­sion, MINIE gives infantry sol­diers an excep­tion­al­ly clear pic­ture of the sur­round­ing envi­ron­ment.

Added to night vision, its patent­ed video dis­play sys­tem lets users access exter­nal infor­ma­tion such as map data or weapon sight imagery.

Philippe Parain, Chair­man & CEO of Thales Angénieux: “MINIE is the result of our design team’s world-class exper­tise in high-pre­ci­sion optics and our close under­stand­ing of the actu­al oper­a­tional require­ments of land forces on the ground. This new gog­gle com­bines com­fort­able and intu­itive oper­a­tion with ultra-reli­a­bil­i­ty, fur­ther con­sol­i­dat­ing our posi­tion as the Euro­pean leader in night vision capa­bil­i­ties.”

Thales Angénieux is recog­nised through­out the world for its exper­tise in the design and man­u­fac­ture of opti­cal sys­tems and has sold more than 45,000 night vision gog­gles to date. These prod­ucts are renowned for their com­pact and light­weight design and excep­tion­al ser­vice reli­a­bil­i­ty.

About Thales
Thales is a lead­ing inter­na­tion­al elec­tron­ics and sys­tems group serv­ing defence, aero­space and civ­il secu­ri­ty mar­kets world­wide, sup­port­ed by a com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices offer­ing. Thales’s lead­ing-edge tech­nol­o­gy is sup­port­ed by 22,000 R&D engi­neers who offer a capa­bil­i­ty unmatched in Europe to devel­op and deploy field-proven mis­sion-crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion sys­tems. To this end, the group’s civ­il and mil­i­tary busi­ness­es devel­op in par­al­lel and share a com­mon base of tech­nolo­gies to serve a sin­gle objec­tive: the secu­ri­ty of peo­ple, prop­er­ty and nations. Thales builds its growth on its unique mul­tido­mes­tic strat­e­gy based on trust­ed part­ner­ships with nation­al cus­tomers and mar­ket play­ers, while lever­ag­ing its glob­al exper­tise to sup­port local tech­nol­o­gy and indus­tri­al devel­op­ment. Thales employs 68,000 peo­ple in 50 coun­tries with fore­cast 2007 rev­enues in excess of €12 bil­lion.

About Thales Angénieux
Found­ed in 1935 by Pierre Angénieux, Thales Angénieux is known world­wide for the inven­tion of the zoom lens and has won Oscars on two occa­sions in Hol­ly­wood. It is also famous for its lens­es used by NASA for the retrans­mis­sion of the first steps on the moon. The com­pa­ny spe­cialis­es in high-per­for­mance optics for the defence sec­tor, cin­e­ma (zoom lens­es), med­ical imag­ing, advanced com­po­nents and oth­er appli­ca­tions.

Text- / Bildquelle (source): Thales
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Friedrichshafen
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Tel.: +49 (0)7545 8 3144
www.thalesonline.com

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