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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.

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