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Miniaturised thermal IR technology enhances tactical UAV capabilities

Cedip Infrared Systems (www.cedip-infrared.com) has announced that the first consignment of novel miniaturised thermal IR camera's to the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) N.V, for incorporation into their new Tracker UAV system, will be delivered during 2007.  Subject to receipt of several large contracts by EADS further contracts are expected by Cedip Infrared Systems during 2008.

The design of the Tracker UAV system (known in France under the name DRAC) is expected to significantly improve reconnaissance capabilities for civil and military authorities. The user-friendly system, which can be prepared for operation in a matter of minutes, offers excellent flight characteristics and robustness even under extreme operational conditions. Tracker is a tactical drone with hand-launchability for missions at close range. The system meets the highest performance requirements even under complex operational conditions.

The Tracker UAV system, developed by EADS, delivers state-of-the-art over-the-hill reconnaissance and surveillance, close range attack success analysis and remote location, identification, classification and tracking of targets. Each system comprises two airborne vehicles, TV-operated from the ground, one of them carrying a novel miniaturised thermal IR camera developed by Cedip.

Pierre Potet, President of Cedip Infrared Systems, commented "This contract marks the culmination of three years work during which we developed an advanced miniaturised Thermal IR camera and achieved the necessary qualifications for its sale and use in the military environment.  Going through this process has enabled Cedip Infrared Systems to firmly establish itself in the premier league of international suppliers of thermal IR technology to the military, security and surveillance communities". He added "Our technological advances have already captured the attention of several major suppliers of tactical UAV systems".

Press release issued by Cedip Infrared Systems on April 12, 2007

 

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Cedip Infrared Systems Laboratory Infrared Equipment, Inspection Equipment, Test Equipment, Temperature Test Equipment, Non-Destructive Testing, Stress Analysis Equipment, Infrared Inspection Equipment, Gimbal Systems, Cameras (Airborne)
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