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Optical production, Mobile Surveillance, and Thermal Imaging for the Military


Opticoelectron Group is a leading company in optical engineering solutions for military use. The company has been operating in the marketfor more than 40 years, making it one of the most influential optical producers across Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Optomechanical and optoelectric devices and systems
Opticoelectron Group specialises in the design, manufacture, and trade of optomechanical and optoelectronic devices and systems, optical components and assemblies, precise mechanics, as well as shape forming tools and appliances.

The company’s premises is built on 260 000m² terrain formed as an industrial park and has manufacturing areas of 108,000m².

In recent years, the company has focused its engineering and production activities on optical sights for day and night-vision, thermal imaging equipment, as well as short-wave infrared (SWIR) technology.

Optics for military and civilian needs
Opticoelectron Group concentrates on two separate sections of the market; optics for military needs, and optics for civilian needs.

For military needs, the company produces anti-aircraft and ground artillery sights for fire in day and night. It also supplies day and night optical sights for fire arms, thermal imaging, and mobile systems for surveillance of large fields, as well as SWIR lenses and infrared laser target designators.

For civilian needs magnifying glasses, illuminators and microscopes, are produced, as are devices for educational purposes, medical equipment, and technological equipment on the basis of unique Bulgarian inventions.

Test equipment for optomechanical and optoelectronic devices
Opticoelectron Group has a high technological capacity, which includes both technology and equipment for manufacturing of details, assemblies, and micro-optics made of optical glass, crystals and semiconductors.

It uses technologies and computer numerical control (CNC) equipment for precise machining of metals.

Production of precise mechanical elements and assemblies technologies is also handled by the company and it produces specialised technological and test equipment for assembly of optomechanical and optoelectronic devices and systems.

Specific test laboratories for control of mechanical and climatic parameters are also use. These come equipped with advanced measuring devices for control the compliance with Nato Standards

Mobile surveillance systems for day and night
In last few years Opticoelectron Group has been trying to develop its optical production in the field of mobile surveillance systems, thermal imaging, and SWIR.

One of the firm’s most important projects is the mobile surveillance system MUSON 12. It is designed for day and night monitoring and observation covering a wide area, by using cars light trucks and medium trucks.

MUSON 12 system was created to serve the ground defence strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria under the project Green Border.

Short-wave infrared lenses for adverse operating conditions
SWIR product series comprises the Swirecon 14, Swirecon 25, Swirecon 50 and Swirecon 100. The lenses have an athermalised design for harsh environments and are a compact size with low weight.

Opticoelectron’s SWIR lenses are specially designed and coated for a high resolution.

SWIR lenses also have many other uses such as perimeter surveillance, border and port security, driver vision enhancement, as well as muzzle flash detection. They also provide imaging through fog and dust and 24-hour day and night surveillance.

Thermal imaging attachments for firearms
The TERECON TS 50 thermal sight is designed for weapons up to 50 calibre (12mm, 7 mm) with interface MIL-STD-1913 and battlefield monitoring.

The device is suitable to be used by the special forces, army, and police.

It provides clear and sharp images of the battlefield, regardless of the weather, increasing the operational efficiency and precision of the staff as its security.

Thermal vision attachment for antitank grenade launchers
The Thermal vision attachment TCO is designed for daily use with optical sight electro-optical systems (EOS) 1.5x for antitank grenade launcher, RGW-90.

The thermal imager provides a clear and sharp image of the battlefield, regardless of the weather, increasing the operational efficiency and precision of the staff as its security.

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About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, June 29, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Picture: Hristo Elkin

Interesting indices and positive attitudes in the investment policy showed the general annual report of the companies in the structure of Opticoelectron Group JSCo during the last year. About € 4 million has been invested during the 12 months of the past 2017 in technological equipment, real estate and training of the personnel, learned

“We invested about € 2 million in the purchase of new machines and facilities, as well as for building of a separate manufacturing unit for infrared equipment – workshop “Crystals”. About € 1.9 million was invested in real estate and about € 180,000 – in training of the personnel mainly on foreign language education and improvement of the professional qualification of our colleagues,” commented Eng. Ivan Garchev, CEO of the Company.

About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

Manufacturing unit for infrared equipment – workshop “Crystals”, (Picture: Boyko Nikolov)

The annual report also clarified that, in 2017, funds have also been invested in building of a new production area for assembly and integration of mobile, stationary, and semi-stationary systems and posts for surveillance and security. The total recapitulation shows that, from that unit in the manufacturing cycle of the Company, it has been integrated 28 systems for the needs of both the Bulgarian Border Police and customers from Scandinavia.

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An analysis of shows that during the last three years Opticoelectron and the companies within its structure do not spare funds for investments. On average, it is invested between € 1.5 million and € 2 million per year. Already in 2015 it was decided a new investment period to be started in the history of Opticoelectron. This happened through the purchase of a new vacuum system for placing of thin optical layers at the amount of several million euros. Thus the results were not late and already during the same year Opticoelectron took the prestigious 9th place in the Gepard ranking for Bulgaria’s most dynamically developing companies.

Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

dip.eng. Ivan Garchev – CEO of opticoelectron Group JSCo, Bugaria / Photo credit; linkedIn

“From 2015 till now we have reported growth in the sales of our products worldwide. Every day we prove to ourselves that our choice to invest in personnel and new contemporary production powers is the right strategy. That is why we are proud of one more fact – big part of the invested funds are reinvested profit during the recent years and in past one as well,“ concluded Eng. Garchev.

Recently also informed that in the last three years Opticoelectron has doubled its sales. Wisely spent funds on new installation for placing of coatings on aluminium parts, new installation for special coatings of the optical components or the new CNC machines of latest generation are an important part of the success of the Company.

Read more: Opticoelectron Group Has Doubled Its Production in Three Years

About € 4 Million Is Invested by Opticoelectron in 2017

dipl. eng. Boyan Garchev – Business Development Director (Photo credit: Persoanl archive)

“We pave the way for our success by ourselves. We prove it every year with new customers, new orders and strengthening of the existing partnerships. 2018 is half-way through, but this and next year we are working on our investment program. New interesting product solutions in the field of thermal vision and swir technology, as well as in the field of mobile, semi-stationary and stationary systems and posts for surveillance and security are upcoming. Exactly in the development of the last product range we have already begun to implement our new investment goal that we hope to lead to the desired results in the next years,“ commented Eng. Boyan Garchev, Business Development Director of Opticoelectron.

We recall for you that in 2017 Opticoelectron was awarded “Innovative Company of 2017” by the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

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Nieuwpoort Hosted a Demonstration of SafeShore Developed in Partnership with OPTIX, Bulgaria

Nieuwpoort Hosted a Demonstration of SafeShore Developed in Partnership with OPTIX, Bulgaria

PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (, June 21, 2018, Author: Bm Team, Photo credit: Optix Co.

The SafeShore detection system, developed with the participation of the Bulgarian company OPTIX JSC, was shown on 25th May 2018 in the first demo event at the North Sea shoreline in Nieuwpoort (Belgium), announced to from Optix co.

The event was attended by end-users, EC members and representatives of the local and national press and television.

First the objectives and current achievements of the SafeShore Project were presented to the attendees, after which there was a demonstration of the system on the beach.

The system may detect and track various types of vessels, individual people, swimming or paddling towards the shore, low altitude airborne objects in the shape of drones, etc. However, as of the moment, the SafeShore cannot distinguish a drone from a flying bird, for example, that is why it will not be operational immediately.

The SafeShore Project is funded by the European Commission and is being implemented by a consortium of well-balanced combination of partners. One of the key partners is the Bulgarian company OPTIX JSC, which has produced some of the components integrated in the SafeShore system and we, from, are very proud of that fact.

The SafeShore features the following basic advantages: low cost per square meter, low weight components, low energy consumption, no need of special cooling system, and solar-based battery charging.

One of the main objectives of the Project is detection of Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), which are too small to be detected by regular costal radars due to their low RCS (Radar Cross Section). They may depart from yachts, for example, and be used by smugglers and terrorists. The situation is the same with the low altitude guided parachutes, which are also hard for detection by standard radars. Such parachutes may be dropped from airplanes, which are not visible from the shore, and be used for deploying equipment, explosives, etc. For that purpose 3D LIDAR, which creates a virtual dome shield over the protected area shield with a radius of about 250-300m, is integrated in the system. The SafeShore will be fixed on mobile platforms. For ensuring of a continuous detection shield along the shoreline, there will be overlapping between the areas, protected by each platform of about 50 m.

The SafeShore system will operate in addition to the standard radar systems, by covering the existing gaps in the defence due to technological issues as mentioned above.

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Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

PARIS (France), June 15 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo: Stoyan Hristov

On the last day of the exhibition we met the representatives of Opticoelectron, who presented the company at Eurosatory this year.

Opticoelectron Reported More Than Successful Eurosatory 2018 Exhibition

dip.eng. Ivan Garchev – CEO of opticoelectron Group JSCo, Bugaria / Photo credit; linkedIn

“We may confirm that this year the French exhibition turns out to be the most successful for us. We are present at each Eurosatory and there is always interest in our products, but in the last 5 days we have reported the biggest success for Opticoelectron in the recent years,” commented Eng. Ivan Garchev, CEO of the Bulgarian company, “We have had working meetings with lots of state delegations and representatives of the private business from the whole world. There is interest from countries form Asia, Africa, and Europe. The best and the indicative factor for the success of Opticoelectron here is that we have received a request for manufacturing of products from the field of artillery, night vision and infrared optics within the short-wave spectrum.”

This year Opticoelectron presented one of its most popular products during the recent months – night vision goggles Nirecon. Moreover, thermal vision and night vision devices, as well as some products from the sphere of artillery have made a serious impression to current and possible customers.

“The thing that makes me happy is that during the recent years we have managed to invest several million euros in new technologies and production. The last example is the specialized workshop for infrared equipment. By improving the quality we guarantee permanent presence on this market. And the evidence for the words is that our current partners continue to work with Opticoelectron,” are the first words of Eng. Boyan Garchev, International Markets Director, “It is even more indicative the fact that the SWIR products, developed in the company, are not any more at the level “novelty”, but at the level “orders”. Even before Eurosatory we had actual orders for the production of dozens of pieces of the middle class, and in recent days we have received here some more.”

Opticoelectron has been represented at the Eurosatory exhibition by Eng. Ivan Garchev – CEO, Eng. Boyan Garchev – International Markets Director, Eng. Tsvetana Donova – Commercial Director, Eng. Stoyan Hristov, PhD – Designer, and Mrs. Natalia Nedyalkova – Trade Expert of the company.

The stand of Opticoelectron was one of the most visited stands among the Bulgarian companies.

“May be the success here should not surprise us. If an analysis is made of the Bulgarian exhibition, which was held only two weeks ago in Plovdiv, we will see that the interest of the Bulgarian and French Ministries of Defence is not accidental. We have been working in the recent years a lot for improving the quality of our products. But we are also working for their successful promoting worldwide. If we start from the sale of the first mobile systems for the needs of Bulgaria six years ago, from their improvement and sale in some countries from the Middle East and Scandinavia, and pass through the developments and sales in the recent years in the field of night vision, we will notice that it is not accidental that this year we start with several contracts for the production of military optics for the next 2-3 years. The domino effect is the most specific definition of this situation and in our case it is successful,” wound up Eng. Ivan Garchev.

It shall be also reminded that some more international exhibitions like Indo Defense and AUSA are upcoming for Opticoelectron this year.

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Opticoelectron Will Show its Best Products at Eurosatory in Paris

Opticoelectron Will Show its Best Products at Eurosatory in Paris

PARIS (France), June 11, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov, Photo: dipl. eng. Tsvetana Donova

Only weeks after the end of the International Defence Equipment Exhibition “HEMUS 2018” in Bulgaria, Opticoelectron Group JSCo goes to Eurosatory in Paris with its best products, which it has designed and produced in the recent months.

These are the smallest night vision goggles Nirecon that weigh just 350 gr, SWIR lenses from the SWIRECON series, as well as the first prototype manufactured years ago.

“It is logical for us to show the best we have made in the recent months. Nirecon and Swirecon are only a small part of our product range. We have new products in the field of thermal vision optics, laser designator, day and night sights. We come to Paris already with several options for mobile systems for surveillance of large areas, and it will be the first time when we will present our ideas for stationary and semi-stationary surveillance posts,” commented Eng. Ivan Garchev, CEO of the Company.

Opticoelectron Group JSCo will exhibit its products at a stand in Hall 6 – C597 from 11th to 15th June.

“Besides continuing to develop and sell our products in the whole world, last year we have also made serious investments in the field of optical production for improving even more the quality of the offered by us optics. Just for reference, during the past 12 months, we have built, equipped and started a completely new infrared optics workshop. Our investments in the sphere of technological production in the past years are equal to millions of euros,” wound up Eng. Garchev.

It shall be reminded that only about two weeks ago the Ministry of Defence of France, the Ministry of Defence of Bulgaria and the president Radev personally were very impressed by the technological capabilities of Opticoelectron at the Hemus Exhibition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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