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Video visor for the German army soldier-of-the-future programme
Author(s): J. Fritze; M. Kiefner; H.-J. Lenz
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Paper Abstract

The German Soldier-of-the-Future ("Infanterist der Zukunft" - IdZ) programme provides three different optronic reconnaissance systems and weapon sights respectively for each infantry squad of ten soldiers. Besides the reconnaissance and targeting device (WBBG) of the squad leader and the weapon sight (WBZG) for the sniper, the so-called "Video Visier" (video visor) will be used as a new type of weapon sight for aiming and combating with the German assault rifles G36 and AG36, with the machine gun MG4 as well as with the bazooka PzF3. The video visor includes an uncooled thermal imager, a daylight camera, an eye-safe laser range finder and a digital magnetic compass with inclination sensor. Communication with the soldier-mounted central processing unit and real-time transmission of the video data (e.g. display mounted into the helmet of the soldier) is enabled by a wireless data link. In the presentation of the requirements, the philosophy and concept as well as the functionality of the video visor will be described in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 65422T (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718331
Show Author Affiliations
J. Fritze, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
M. Kiefner, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
H.-J. Lenz, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6542:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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