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Thales showcases MINIE D it' s new night vision Goggle

17 June 2008

This optronic product combines a compact and lightweight design, offering a reduction in weight of 30% with current products, whilst improving optical performance by 20%.

MINIE D is then specifically adapted for future infantry soldiers.

Today, the context of the actual conflicts, such as urban surveillance or area security; has raised new requirements for as high precision nd identification systems to maximize operational effectiveness. Also, in the particular context of asymmetrical conflicts, permanent day and night vision capabilities for the Dismounted Soldier are required by the forces.

MINIE D, an equipment for modern forces

MINIE D offers another step forward regarding ergonomic advantages, which puts this Night Vision Goggle as the most compact on the market. With an optical quality higher than existing HDTV resolution standards, MINIE D gives to the soldier the finest possible perception of his environment.

In addition to its high performance in night vision, its patented and integrated OLED video screen allows to display external information such as weapon sight images or mapping data.

Ready for the market

The MINIE D goggle has already demonstrated its compliance to the dismounted soldier requests through operational trials organised by major military forces. More than 50 users have already tested successfully MINIE D, enhancing its operational step ahead. With this MINIE D, Thales, already well positioned for its products and solutions on the Soldier Modernization Programs, strengthens its position as supplier of advanced future solutions and confirms its cutting-edge leadership on NVG technology.

About Thales

Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group, addressing defence, aerospace and security markets worldwide. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22,000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 68,000 people in 50 countries with 2007 revenues of €12.3 billion.

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