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VIPIR and VIPIR-S: next generation infantry thermal sights
Author(s): Chris Bigwood; Lee Eccles; Arwyn Jones; Berwyn Jones; David Meakin; Steve Rickard; Rob Robinson
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Paper Abstract

Thales Optics Ltd. have been involved in a joint funded technology demonstrator program between UK MOD and Thales called Thermal Imager for Dismounted Infantry, run in conjunction with QinetiQ. The aim of this program was to evaluate and demonstrate a cost effective route to equipping the infantry soldier with a small, lightweight, rugged, short range, weapon mounted thermal imaging sight, intended for mass deployment. To address the requirements of this program, Thales Optics Ltd. performed a detailed trade-off analysis considering the effect of using alternative sensors, displays and optical configurations on the sight cost, mass, volume, power and performance. This effort was supported with equipment trials and user assessments. Based on this work, six technical demonstrator sights have been manufactured and delivered to UK MOD for evaluation on several programmes including the UK's FIST soldier modernisation program. Thales Optics has since progressed the TIDI concept further into two product streams, a family of weapon sights called VIPIR and a surveillance sight called VIPIR-S. This paper will summarise the work undertaken on the TIDI program and how this has been applied to the VIPIR and VIPIR-S family of products.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5783, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI, (31 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604360
Show Author Affiliations
Chris Bigwood, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Lee Eccles, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Arwyn Jones, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Berwyn Jones, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Meakin, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Steve Rickard, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Rob Robinson, Thales Optics Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5783:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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