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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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The Tradition Opticoelectron to Participate at Optatec Germany is Kept This Year Again

The Tradition Opticoelectron to Participate at Optatec Germany is Kept This Year Again.

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), May 14, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: Opticoelectron

From 15 to 17 May in Frankfurt it will be held the biggest exhibition for optics in the world – Optatec. Opticoelectron Group JSCo will participate this year again, and you can visit the exhibition stand of the company in Hall 3, stand H25.

We’d like to remind that Opticoelectron is the first Bulgarian optical company that has participated in that exhibition back in the remote 2000. Since then the company is a regular participant with its own vision and own exhibition area.

This year Opticoelectron will present to its partners and customers at the exhibition the newest optomechanical production powers. During the last years, the company has invested significant resources exactly in improvement of its production, through which it has strengthened and improved the quality of its products. In this way, it turned into a desired East European partner known for its optics, optical coatings and assembly.

Not least are the innovative solutions for which Opticoelectron is also well-known. Thus, in 2018, at Optatec, the company will present its developments of high quality in the field of SWIR technology and its range of developed lenses SWIRECON. We’d like to remind that the company is one of the first in the world that have managed to develop a successful prototype of a SWIR lens.

Get acquainted with the capabilities and products of Opticoelectron Group JSCo by visiting their exhibition stand in Hall 3- H25.

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OPTIX Will Deliver Thermal Imaging Binoculars to FRONTEX

OPTIX Will Deliver Thermal Imaging Binoculars to FRONTEX

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), May 4, 2018, Authors: Optix and Bm, Photo: Optix

The Bulgarian company OPTIX will deliver thermal imaging binoculars BidentifieR within the next four years to the European Border and Coast Guard, Frontex, under a framework contract, announced from OPTIX on 4th April 2018.

OPTIX was awarded the contract in December 2017 after winning in an open tender procedure the competition with some of the most famous manufacturers in the sector.

Frontex will receive the first batch of these high-tech thermal imaging devices in May 2018.

The BidentifieR binoculars will be used by Frontex for guarding all EU external boundaries.

The BidentifieR is a single channel uncooled thermal imaging device. It has been developed specially for military and law enforcement personnel, for long surveillance and reconnaissance. With its help targets may be detected and recognized in completely passive mode on short and mid-range distances.

Superb and detailed image at any time and in all weather conditions is ensured through a sensitive detector and intelligent digital video processing. Image filters and weather type modes also contribute to the optimization of the picture depending on the weather conditions and customer needs.

The BidentifieR may be mounted on tripod for steadiness and has analog video output for remote observation.

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OPTIX Became the Main Sponsor of the Newest Cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute

OPTIX Became the Main Sponsor of the Newest Cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), April 17, 2018, Author: Galina Zdravkova (Bm), Photo: OPTIX

OPTIX, a Bulgarian developer and manufacturer of a full range of special optical devices and systems for the army and police forces, became the main sponsor of the newest cabinet “Optical Laser Appliances and Methods” at the Bulgarian Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov”, announced the company.

The specialized cabinet was opened on 23rd February as part of the patronal feats of the Institute – the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Prof. Tsvetan Lazarov. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoliy Velichkov, the Permanent Undersecretary of Defence Anton Lastardzhiev, representatives of the Directorates of the Ministry of Defence, and Defence Staff and Generals of the Joint Forces Command and the Armed Forces. Eng. Mario Dimitrov, the Strategic Clients Manager of OPTIX, congratulated the attendees.

This is the first cabinet at the Bulgarian Defence Institute, established in cooperation with a Bulgarian defence industry company that also provided samples of various surveillance technologies.

The Defence Institute “Professor Tsvetan Lazarov” is the main scientific-research, testing-design, and expert-technical structure in the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence.

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Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

Opticoelectron Equipped the New Automobiles of the Border Police

PANAGYURISHTE (Bulgaria), March 28, 2018, Author: Boyko Nikolov (Bm), Photo: Hristo Elkin

In the end of March, sixteen new automobiles Nissan X-Trail of our Border Police left the territory of the industrial park of Opticoelectron. The reason was the completed execution of a joint contract between the official representative of Nissan for Bulgaria and Opticoelectron for providing the automobiles with specialized equipment, needed for the daily security and defence activities at the Bulgarian border.

During the past few months the engineers and experts of the optical company has provided and equipped the off-road vehicles in question with light and sound signalling system, identification signs, signs and emblems, as well as with additional specialized equipment.

Opticoelectron confirmed that the vehicles in question will be allocated along the border of Bulgaria.

In the end of 2017 N Auto Sofia EAD was awarded the public procurement for delivery of off-road vehicles, and in November they selected Opticoelectron for execution of a part of the procurement related to the specialized equipment.

Such procurements are not a precedent for Opticoelectron. We’d like to remind that during the past few years the Company has successfully implemented lots of projects outside Bulgaria connected with manufacturing, assembly and integration of mobile systems for surveillance of borders and big oil fields in Europe and the Middle East.

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