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Qioptiq supplies Thales with VIPIR-2 thermal weapon sights

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: 09 May, 2009  (Application Story)

The Qioptiq Group announced today that it’s St Asaph, UK-based operation, Qioptiq UK Ltd, has supplied Thales Australia with 350 thermal weapon sights for the Australian Defence Force as part of LAND 125 Phase 2B.
Qioptiq VIPIR-2 sights have also been integrated onto the F88 Austeyr rifle at the Australian Soldier Systems Development and Support Centre in Lithgow, NSW. 310 VIPIR sights have already been supplied to the ADF, with the remaining 40 due for delivery by July 2009.

The integration work, carried out at Lithgow, involved designing and manufacturing a weapon mount to attach the VIPIR sight to the F88’s Picatinny Rail. This was accomplished quickly, and in close collaboration with the Defence Materiel Organisation and the end user.

The Qioptiq VIPIR-2 is a compact and lightweight military standard thermal sight designed specifically for medium-range surveillance and target engagement. The VIPIR-2 utilises the latest in uncooled thermal imaging technology to provide a superior performance to weight/size ratio, while its fully ruggedised and qualified design offers image optimisation features and a 24-hour operational capability.

David Marks, Managing Director of Qioptiq UK, stated: “The success of this contract was due to the close and open working relationship between the Qioptiq and Thales organisations. Qioptiq very much looks forward to building the existing relationship with Thales in order to support the ADF in future years”.

Ian Irving, Vice President of Land & Joint Systems at Thales Australia, said the sight procurement contract was an example of the company’s expanding capabilities in soldier systems.
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