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Handheld multifunctional thermal imager and surveillance instrument from Jena-Optronik as part of the German "IDZ-Infanterist der Zukunft" project
Author(s): M. Zinner; U. Krause; J. Heinrich
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Paper Abstract

Germany's future ground soldier program is entitled "IDZ-ES-: Infanterist der Zukunft - Erweitertes System". This latest "ES - enhanced system" is embedded in the specifications of a network-centric warfare concept with highly equipped soldiers of outstanding capabilities, based on new components. One of them will be the handheld multifunctional thermal imager which provides full C4ISTAR capability. This light weighted instrument includes a thermal imager to detect an object at 5000m, recognize it at 4200m and identify it at 2100m. The IR Image channel can be superimposed with a visual daylight image that is recorded by an integrated CCD-camera. The image which is available on two Organic Light Emitting Displays can be viewed through a binocular viewer. It also provides information of the command and control system. With the laser range finder, the Digital Magnetic Compass and GPS it is possible to measure one's own and the target's position. This information and live video sequences can be transferred to the C4I-alliance in wireless mode. It is possible to annotate seen objects with symbols and information. By networking, team members and control officers will have superior information along with possibilities for control of impact and can execute their mission more efficiently.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7298, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV, 72981F (7 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.820166
Show Author Affiliations
M. Zinner, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)
U. Krause, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)
J. Heinrich, Jena-Optronik GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7298:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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