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Thales Launches New Weapon Sight

XTRAIM Combines Separate Capabilities

Thales has launched a new day/night weapon sight, compatible with all shoulder-fired assault rifles and light machine guns and which, the company says, provides “unparalleled precision night-firing capability“.

The XTRAIM sight weighs around 530g, including battery, and is “at least 70mm shorter” than existing systems, Thales says. It was designed at the company’s Saint-Héand dismounted soldier optronics centre, and is assembled in eastern France.

The sight offers the usual daytime capabilities, but is combined with thermal sensors provided by Lynred and a reflex red-dot sight system that, respectively, enable a decamouflaging functionality by picking out targets from the background, and identifying and engaging targets in bright sunlight. The system is compatible with all night-vision goggles (NVG), and during night-time operation the infrared images are superimposed on images in the NVGs to deliver “an unprecedented target decamouflage capability in low-light conditions,” according to the company.

The outstanding optical, electronic and mechanical expertise of the teams from Saint-Héand has made it possible to design and develop a solution with our customers, for our customers, that offers the best operational capabilities available today,” said Christophe Salomon, Thales’ EVP for land and air systems.

 

The XTRAIM sight brings advanced night-vision capabilities. (Photo: Thales)

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12/13/2021

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