Night vision ClipIR contract won by Thermoteknix Systems

Feb. 10, 2012
Cambridge, England--The UK Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Thermoteknix Systems to supply 180 of their ClipIR Small Thermal Imager Clip On devices.

Cambridge, England--The UK Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Thermoteknix Systems to initially supply 180 of their ClipIR Small Thermal Imager Clip On devices. The contract, including spares and accessories, is for a total cost of more than $2.4 million dollars. The ClipIR units, compatible with most night vision goggles and monocular image intensifiers, are expected to be delivered directly to UK Special Forces frontline troops.

ClipIR extends the use of image intensifier performance into total darkness and low-light conditions. It features a full 40 degree field of view with fusion of both thermal and intensified imagery and 384 x 288 thermal resolution for 40% more coverage than 320 x 240 based detectors and up to 4.5 hours operation from a single AA battery across a full ambient temperature range. ClipIR incorporates Thermoteknix patented shutterless MicroCAM XTi Technology that it says removes the need for internal mechanical shuttering or lens cap corrections and delivers continuous, uninterrupted thermal images from the time of instant switch on.

Thermoteknix managing director Richard Salisbury said, "This MOD contract represents an important milestone in the product life cycle of Thermoteknix' new ClipIR thermal imager. It is a real success to add to our long record of innovative thermal engineering that enables us to compete and win successfully at the highest levels in our industry."

ClipIR is designed and manufactured in Cambridge, England and is not subject to US ITAR control. In September 2011, Thermoteknix announced a strategic territorial marketing and distribution agreement with DEP Imaging in Switzerland for ClipIR.

SOURCE: Thermoteknix Systems;

IMAGE: The ClipIR from Thermoteknix Systems improves night-vision imaging in head-mounted displays. (Courtesy Thermoteknix Systems)

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