UK spends £3M on new thermal devices with augmented reality

LONDON, BM, ($1= 0.71 pounds) – The British Ministry of Defense will spend nearly $ 4.4 million for ClipIR XD-E Thermal Clip-on systems (TCOS) with which the British soldiers will be equipped. The contractor is Thermoteknix and will have to deliver the first devices to the British military within 12 months.

UK spends $ 4.4M on new thermal devices with augmented reality
Photo credit: Thermoteknix

“We are delighted that our state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology will play a crucial role in equipping British forces in the most challenging of environments. We look forward to working with the MoD to deliver world-leading battlefield technology to British troops, designed, engineered, and manufactured here in the UK, ”explains Thermoteknix Managing Director, Dr. Richard Salisbury.

“Our success will translate into the creation of more UK jobs and provide a boost to the local economy, while also driving British exports to worldwide markets. We are delighted to have been awarded a contract with the MoD during a challenging year for British businesses suffering from the effects of COVID. ”

About ClipIR XD-E Thermal Clip-on systems

ClipIR XD-E Thermal Clip-on systems are a combination of night and thermal imaging and can receive external data, such as navigation. This qualifies them as augmented reality devices. The characteristic of these systems is that they allow them to be used in low light or without light.

ClipIR XD utilizes Thermoteknix patented shutterless XTi technology for exceptional thermal image quality and silent operation without any moving parts. XTi technology provides the ClipIR XD with 60Hz framerate at ultra-low latency which avoids user fatigue or motion effects, a rapid start-up time to image, and does not require the thermal camera non-uniformity calibration before or during use regardless of ambient temperature or operating hours – a requirement present in competitor products.

ClipIR XD provides a 40 ° field of view that matches the full field of view of most night vision devices, crucial in close combat situations and on patrol when situational awareness on either side of the wearer’s direct vision is essential for threat detection.

The United States is also renewing the “eyes” of its troops

The British Army is not the only one directing funding to integrate such technologies. As we announced this year, the American concern Microsoft won an order for nearly 2 billion dollars. to equip high-tech optical and augmented reality video systems for the US military.

Some time ago we presented the latest night-vision goggles of the Americans – ENVG-B, which give a very different picture with pronounced contours and graphics. Read more about ENVG-B here.


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