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15 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: Photonis receives GICAT Export Trophy for CNOD

At Eurosatory 2016, Photonis Technologies SAS was awarded the GICAT Export Trophy for implementation of the world’s first 24/7 digital hand held, stand alone or clip-on weapon sight – the CMOS Night Observation Device (CNOD). Developed in partnership with Rochester Precision Optronics (RPO), the CNOD has been sold to the US Army.

CNOD is a high definition weapon sight that enables its operator to see in the day (bright sun) as well as low light (night) with high contrast and high resolution. A fully digital solution, the CNOD can record images and video for detection, recognition and identification of targets. The weapon sight combines three systems into one, at a fraction of the cost of similar systems currently on the market.

Commenting on the award, company Deputy CEO Jerome Cerisier said “We are proud to receive this recognition. Innovation is at the core of our business and fuels our international success. We remain grateful for the support of DGA, GICAT, the French armed forces and more generally of the French Government. As leaders of Night Vision technology, we are proud to represent 15% of the French Optronics Exports”.

RPO approached Photonis based on the company’s earlier success in developing the patented KAMELEON sensor, for which it received the General Chanson award in 2015. 

Award-winning KAMELEON technology and CNOD success has led to the development of a French-only Night Vision Innovation & Technology Group, where high-tech participants have worked closely together to combine sensor technology, and system integration into smarter end-user applications. Examples include FusionSight and PeriSight by Bertin Technologies - powered by Photonis, and situational awareness camera applications developed in cooperation with Optsys. These projects provide innovative optronic solutions for Land Systems Vehicles for advanced projects such as Scorpion.