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Innovative optronics for the new PUMA tank
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Paper Abstract

The new PUMA tank is equipped with a fully stabilized 360° periscope. The thermal imager in the periscope is identical to the imager in the gunner sight. All optronic images of the cameras can be fed on every electronic display within the tank. The thermal imagers operate with a long wave 384x288 MCT starring focal plane array. The high quantum efficiency of MCT provides low NETD values at short integration times. The thermal imager has an image resolution of 768x576 pixels by means of a micro scanner. The MCT detector operates at high temperatures above 75K with high stability in noise and correctibility and offers high reliability (MTTF) values for the complete camera in a very compact design. The paper discusses the principle and functionality of the optronic combination of direct view optical channel, thermal imager and visible camera and discusses in detail the performances of the subcomponents with respect to demands for new tank applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7660, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVI, 76600A (3 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849872
Show Author Affiliations
J. Fritze, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
M. Münzberg, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)
H. Schlemmer, Carl Zeiss Optronics GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7660:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVI
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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