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President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide (updated)

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PLOVDIV (Bulgaria), May 31, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photos: Boyko Nikolov

The president of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Rumen Radev and the Minister of Defence, Mr Krasimir Karakachanov, opened the 13th International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2018 – Defence, Antiterrorism and Security” in Plovdiv, which started on 30th May.

By tradition, both politicians were introduced to all participants at the exhibition, which, besides the local representative of the sector, is also attended by not a small number of Western companies.

Perhaps the greatest impression was created exactly by an indigenous product of the company Opticoelectron, which, in the recent months, has become a hit with the international defence industry sector, and namely the NIRECON night vision goggles.

President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide

First the president and after that the minister spared enough time to take a closer view of the night vision goggles. Their uniqueness is due to the fact that the engineers of Opticoelectron have managed to achieve optics of high quality within extremely small and compact size and weight of only 350 gr.

“These are the smallest night vision goggles in the world. They are not developed this year, but we have decided that exactly this year is appropriate for them to be promoted. Since the beginning of the year we have sold hundreds of them, and we also have already contracts for their manufacturing and delivery in the coming years,” commented the representatives of the company at the exhibition stand.

Minister Karakachanov personally decided to test the functionality and compactness of the product and remained fascinated and intrigued by its possible applications.

President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide

On 1st June the exhibition stand of Opticoelectron was also visited by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr Tomislav Donchev. With undisguised interest he closely examined the technological developments of the company in the field of military optics, as well as the most popular product in Europe in the field of the military optics – the NIRECON night vision goggles.

Opticoelectron did not want to share with the media the specifics discussed with the Minister regarding one of its best-selling products in the recent months.

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Big Interest in the SWIR Technology of Opticoelectron at the AUSA Exposition

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Big Interest in the SWIR Technology of Opticoelectron at the AUSA Exposition
Exhibition stand of Opticoelectron on AUSA Exhibition 2018 | Photo credit: Opticoelectron

WASHINGTON, the USA(BulgarianMilitary.com) – For a second consecutive year the Bulgarian optical manufacturer Opticoelectron continues to be the first and only native representative invited to present its products at one of the largest exposition of military technologies and elaborations – AUSA, Washington, the USA, reported BulgarianMilitary.com

The exposition will be held from 8th to 10th October and it started with unprecedented interest in the products of the Bulgarian company in the field of night and thermal vision optics, as well as the developed product range SWIRECON in the field of SWIR lenses.

Read more: In Bulgaria it is Produced World-class SWIR Technology
Read more: President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide

Dipl.Eng. Boyan Garchev on stand of Opticoelectron – AUSA 2018 | Photo Credit: Opticoelectron

“For us, our presence here is of strategic importance and for a consecutive year it meets us with our partners beyond the ocean. We have clearly set goals though which to develop new future business contacts in the USA and the countries from the region. As you know during the last years we have been seriously developing SWIR technologies in Opticoelectron, that is why its presentation and promotion here not only evoked interest, but also opened the door to new business challenges,” commented Eng. Boyan Garchev, Director International Business Relations at Opticoelectron.

BulgarianMilitary.com reminds that Opticoelectron managed years ago to develop and present one of the first working prototypes of a SWIR lens, and in the middle of August this year it also presented the fifth product of its range – SWIRECON 12,5 which has a very open f-number – 1.2. Only for the last two years the Company has invested approximately US$ 4 million in the integration of new production technologies and innovations. In 2017 it has been officially opened and put into operation the most advanced workshop for infrared optics in Bulgaria and on the Balkans.

Big Interest in the SWIR Technology of Opticoelectron at the AUSA Exposition

SWIRECON 12.5 by Opticoelectron | Photo credit: Nikolay Tsonevski

Read more: About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

Opticoelectron is an official member of AUSA and within the present exposition it participates after an invitation and under the aegis of an association of German companies and their other European partners.

It is expected this year the AUSA Exposition to welcome over 700 exhibitors from over 100 countries with over 30,000 participants, and approximately 300,000 exhibits will be showcases during the three days of the event.

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SAAB Gripen Played its Trump Card for the Deal of New Bulgarian Fighter Jets

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SAAB Gripen Played its Trump Card for the Deal of New Bulgarian Fighter Jets
The Gripen cockpit is dominated by three large, full colour, Multi-Function Displays (MFDs) and a wide angle diffractive optics Head-Up Display (HUD) with a holographic combiner. | Photo credit: SAAB Gripen

SOFIA, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Lockheed Martin’s presentation on 18 September in Sofia, with which the company officially made its offer for a sale of F-16 Block 72 to Bulgaria, undoubtedly turned out to be a strong move by the U.S. company, considering that it was the only from all participants that took this commercial practice. Today, however, the other participant that also has a great chances to be the final winner – SAAB Gripen, has played its trump card in the competition with his American contestant, learned Bulgarian Military.com

Read more: F-16 Block 72 Known as Viper Has Been Offered to Bulgaria
Read more: The New Bulgarian Fighter Will Be Selected from among Four Bids

SAAB Gripen offers a partnership to Bulgarian companies, which to become part of the acquisition process of new combat aircraft for Bulgarian aviation. These are Avionams – Plovdiv, Optix – Panagyurishte, Terem Letetz – Sofia and Samel – 90 – Samokov.

In official presentation of SAAB Gripen it is said, we quote „Saab has already identified number of local companies for potential cooperation in the field of security of supply“

BulgarianMilitary.com contacted for comment the Marketing Director of one of the companies mentioned above – Zhelyazko Gagov from Optix who told for our media: “Yes, we are familiar with the fact that SAAB Gripen has quoted us in their widespread presentation. This can be a pleasure for us because in recent years we have been working on several projects with different company subdivisions, which have nothing to do with the current topic and tender for Bulgarian fighter aircraft. In our relationship with them we are guided by the principles of correct partnership. In this sense, it is logical that we have already had talks with the Swedish company about the current project and our possible participation in the form of industrial co-operation, but we cannot say more details at this point because the whole process is yet to begin.”

We remind that a few days ago, the Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov told the media that the Plovdiv-based company Avionams did not have a license to repair the old Russian Su-25. He is right because in business with military products and dual purpose products not everyone can produce, not everyone can repair and not everyone can resell. Only the manufacturer of a specific product can decide if a company can obtain a license to repair its products. It is also important to be understood that this license may only be valid on the territory of the country in which the company operates.

Read more: Only “558 ARP” Has Submitted Documents for the Bulgarian Su-25 Overhaul

In connection to this, the citation of Avionams and Terem Letetz as well as Samel 90 may be a slight wink that the Swedish company would be ready to issue the necessary future documents for its Bulgarian partners.

Taking into account what Zhelyazko Gagov said, we make a conclusion that the three companies above may have also worked with their Swedish partner, which would be in their favor at this point. At Bulgarianmilitary.com we do not have received an official confirmation by the three companies for this, so until now it remains only our assumption.

According to the official presentation of SAAB Gripen, they are ready to deliver the first four Gripen to Bulgaria within two years, as well as to fully equip two sheds at Graf Ignatievo Air Force Base, which is located near Plovdiv.

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In Bulgaria it is Produced World-class SWIR Technology

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PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), August 16, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo Credit: opticoel.com

In the course of the upcoming major military projects in Bulgaria, related to the modernization of our army in the Naval-Air-Land directions, in the background seemed to be facts of the Bulgarian military industry that deserve their attention.

This is the case with one of the most innovative military developments in the field of optical production – SWIR technology.

What is SWIR?
You have to look through a SWIR camera to understand for yourself the capabilities of the technology. Then they get ideas, where and how the technology can be used. In simple words – you see the invisible. The test that we had made in the far 2013, in London, during the DSEi exhibition was the following:

– Unintentionally or not but, then, our “laboratory mice” had been Bulgarian politicians and diplomats, part of the Bulgarian delegation at the exhibition. We had put sunglasses on one of our guests and we had directed SWIRECON 50 lens against him. What had appeared on the computer, as a video signal and what we had saw, were the eyes of the man with the sunglasses.

The more complicated explanation is that SWIR technology operates in the field of shortwave infrared optics, which is its real name – Short Wave InfraRed. I.e. this type of optics operates with light in a range of 0.9 to 1.7 microns and in the range of 0.7 to 2.5 microns, as well. This allows SWIR cameras to capture the light emitted from the earth’s atmosphere at night

Read more: Opticoelectron Group JSCo presented an exclusive SWIR lenses

What is the application of SWIR technology?
Eng. Nikolay Tsonevski, Director of the SWIRECON Program at Opticoelectron, shares that:
“SWIR Technologies have a great operating application. Unlike some military optical products that are for military purposes only, this type of lens can be “divided” in its use. In the civilian life, it would find a wonderful application in the automotive industry – to see through fog while driving, in civil defense, in the event of a fire – for smoke elimination and fire detection. In medicine, diagnosis will become more accurate and easier – details are seen deep in the retina of the human eye, the veins are seen more clearly if we look through the skin of a person, etc. Generally, the fact that the technology is working exactly in the shortwave infrared spectrum, allows this type of lens to be used almost everywhere.”

Our research shows that SWIR technology products can be used in dozens of our daily life activities – for check of products (is the apple bad inside, is the dark bottle full or empty), on production line in the food industry, in agriculture (inspection of crop quality), in mining (detecting new mines), astronomy, etc.

Read more: Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

SWIR and the military industry
Like the most inventions that we use in our civilian everyday life, SWIR comes from the military industry. In this field, three main products are distinguished – products for day, night and thermal vision surveillance. SWIR may (most likely and do) shatter the notion of using night or thermal vision imaging scopes for security and surveillance. Comparing the three products, the advantages of SWIR stand out in the forefront:

– Compared to night scopes, SWIRECON sees up to 1.7 microns (nighttime to 0.9 microns). That’s why night scopes cannot see eye-safe lasers operating at 1.54 microns or at 1,064 microns, while SWIR can. The picture that we can see during a night surveillance by a SWIR camera is clearer and more detailed.
– Compared to thermal imaging scopes, SWIR cameras see more clearly and better through fog and sea haze, while thermal vision cameras – no. Shortwave infrared devices see clearly through a simple window or through a car window, while the thermal cameras – not.

Read more: President and Minister Impressed by an Indigenous Product Sold Worldwide (updated)

Who produces SWIR lenses in Bulgaria?
Opticoelectron is the first and the only company in Bulgaria to develop and sell SWIR lenses on international markets. Actually, a little – known fact is that it is one of the first companies in the world that years ago had managed to develop and demonstrate the first working prototype of a SWIR camera.

The company’s product range includes the following SWIR products:
– SWIRECON 100
– SWIRECON 50
– SWIRECON 25
– SWIRECON 14
The newest model from the same range is SWIRECON 12.5, which has a very open f-number – 1.2.

It is expected, during the upcoming months, the company to launch more new models to be able to meet the demand in international markets.

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Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

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PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com), 08 August 2018, Author: Optix Communication Team, Editor: Boyko Nikolov, Photo credit: Optix JSCo.

At the end of last month, OPTIX celebrated its twentieth-year anniversary, by organizing two extremely important and emotional events, learned BulgarianMilitary.com

On July 27, the company organized a cocktail for its partners at the Central Military Club – Sofia. The party was attended by a large number of OPTIX friends as the girls from the most modern Bulgarian pop band “4 Magic” took care for the good atmosphere of the event. Special address from the Ministry of Defence was presented by the Deputy minister Atanas Zapryanov. The doyen of the Association of the Bulgarian Military Industry Academician Stefan Vodenicharov presented the greetings from the name of the organization.

Read more: On 5th February OPTIX Opens a New Investment Area

Optix JSCo. celebrates its 20th anniversary

Photo credit: Optix JSCo

One day later, on the territory of the Industrial zone “Doctor Chochev”, the company’s annual corporate party was held. Full of positive emotions, the celebration was definitely the most memorable birthday till now. Special guests of the event were the pop singer Miro, the band ”Deep Zone Project” and the dance group “Tangra” from Popintsi. The evening ended with a splendid fireworks show, as meanwhile the Executive Director Mr. Ivan Cholakov traditionally cut the birthday cake.

Read more: Optix Has Sold Part of Its Assets to American Optics

About Optix JSCo:
Established in 1998 as a 100% private company OPTIX specializes in the design and manufacturing of optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic assemblies and devices for military and law enforcement applications. Competently applying the modern technologies, OPTIX Co executes the entire production cycle – from design and implementation of prototypes to serial production of components, assemblies and devices.

The production meets all the requirements of European and world standards – DIN, MIL, ISO, BS. The contemporary design, ergonomics and high technical characteristics of the products are comparable to the best world samples and excite a well-founded interest of the leading companies in the optical, medical and defense industries.

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