Photonis awarded by OCCAR

Photonis has been awarded a major contract by the procurement organisation OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement – Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) with the state-of-the-art 4G 16mm image intensifier tubes.

Photonis has been selected as supplier of 4G 16mm image intensifier tubes – state-of-the-art technology in night vision – on behalf of Belgium and Germany for the procurement of night vision goggles to the consortium of Hensoldt Optronics GmbH and Theon Sensors. Photonis is proud to have been selected by OCCAR considering the fact this contract is the result of a Europe-wide competition with a strong field of tenderers.

The aim of this program is to increase Belgium’s and Germany’s night vision capability of dismounted soldiers and drivers of military vehicles. Thus, Photonis will supply 4G 16mm intensifier tubes to cover the production of 4 550 Mikron night vision goggles for Belgium and 5 000 Mikron night vision devices for Germany. It is expected that the firm tranche will be followed by further 20 000 binoculars.

Following decades of experience with in-service night vision devices using Photonis image intensifiers, this recent procurement is a reinforcement in the belief that the Photonis 4G image intensifier range remains the preferred choice for European Armed Forces.

The 4G technology is perfectly suited to the stringent requirements of night combat operations. It enables operators to get the best possible image and range in rapidly changing light conditions.

This technology has become the standard in all major European programs. With the broader availability of night vision devices in general, the challenge is to have the best performance image intensifiers and systems that are always more powerful than those of the opposing forces and which allow us in particular to see more and further than the others.

Photonis’ headquarters are based in Bordeaux in France and its manufacturing facilities are located both in France and the Netherlands. Photonis employs approximately 1 000 people worldwide and is world renowned for its high performance image intensification technology. Photonis is prime contractor for all NATO countries and affiliates and its image intensifier tubes are deployed worldwide.

Source: Photonis news release

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