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16 April 2012

Qioptiq's Families of Sights at DSA 2012

Qioptiq designs and manufactures photonic products and solutions that serve a wide range of markets and applications in the areas of industrial manufacturing, medical and life sciences, R&D, defence and aerospace.
The company is known for its high-quality standard components, products and instruments, its custom modules and assemblies, its leading-edge innovation, its precision manufacturing and its responsive global resourcing.
Through a series of acquisitions, Qioptiq has an impressive history and pedigree, and benefits from having integrated the knowledge and experience of Pilkingtons, Avimo, LINOS, Point Source, Rodenstock, Spindler & Hoyer, Gsänger, Optem, and others. Qioptiq has a worldwide presence with locations throughout Europe, Asia and the USA, employs over 2,300 people, and generated revenues of approximately U$ 380 million in 2010.

In 2010 Qioptiq launched its DRAGON Thermal weapon sight range with DRAGON-C (Compact) and DRAGON LR (Long Range) and broadened its offering in Image Intensified Night Vision with the MERLIN family of sights adding to the existing KITE range.

MERLIN-MR is part of the MERLIN family of night vision products from 
Qioptiq utilising the latest optical technologies to deliver world 
leading performance and reliability (Photo: Qioptiq)

June 2011 saw the launch of three more members of the DRAGON family at the Soldier Technology Conference in London. DRAGON SR (Short Range), DRAGON MR (Medium Range) and DRAGON S (Sniper). These will satisfy the varying requirements of the modern warfighter by providing the most appropriate size, weight & power combination.

DRAGON COMPACT is fitted with Qioptiq LO GLINT Coating Technology
 to reduce sunlight glint and reflection. (Photo: Qioptiq)

DRAGON SR, DRAGON MR and DRAGON S can be adapted for use on a variety of weapons mounting to either a Picatinny or NATO rail. DRAGON delivers a capability to detect man and vehicle targets 24 hours a day, even in poor visibility, in total darkness and through battlefield obscurants. All offer low power, high performance in a ruggedised military design utilising the latest in uncooled thermal camera, electronics and optical technologies to deliver world leading performance and reliability.

For more information about this technology, please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY 4/2012 and/or NAVAL FORCES II/2012, available at the show at 3P29.

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