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.