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BAE SYSTEMS to reveal new high performance thermal imaging camera at night vision conference

30 Sep 2002

BAE Systems will launch its new thermal imaging camera, known as SiGMA, at the Night Vision Conference to be held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on October 3rd and 4th 2002.

SiGMA features the latest high-reliability integrated detector-cooler assembly with staring focal plane array, providing high-performance passive infrared imaging in day, night and poor visibility, for land, sea and airborne military operations world-wide.

BAE Systems Avionics' Head of Sales and Marketing for Electro Optical Sensors, Roger Smith said; "SiGMA is designed and manufactured in the United Kingdom. True full TV resolution thermal images of the highest sensitivity are now available for the first time from a European source. SiGMA's modular architecture allows for performance growth with low cost of acquisition and ownership".

BAE Systems will have two SiGMA thermal imaging cameras on display at the Night Vision Conference, one mounted externally on the roof of the hotel, to demonstrate the quality of image over long range and another inside the conference, to demonstrate the compact design.


The SiGMA thermal imaging camera features electronic pan and zoom with freeze frame. The camera has extensive graphics capabilities, including colour video and graphics, electronic boresight correction, spatial and temporal filters and has extensive built in test and data logging capability.

SiGMA's overall dimensions are 175mm x 130mm x 100mm. It weighs less than 4 kg and consumes only 20 watts of power.

SiGMA operates in the 3-5 or 8-10 mm bands and has a resolution of 640 x 512 pixels.

SiGMA uses an RS422 interface for ease of integration and can operate in temperatures of -33C to +55C.

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