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DSEI 2017: Qioptiq introduces long-range clip-on thermal imaging sight for snipers

15 September 2017

Qioptiq displayed its developmental Phoenix-S long-range sniper sight at DSEI 2017 in London.

The system enables snipers to identify targets at extended ranges, providing long-range target engagement capabilities.

Phoenix-S is equipped with a high operating temperature (HOT) medium wave infrared (MWIR) detector with a spectral response of 3-5 µm fitted with a 640x512 array format using a 16µm pixel pitch. The system has a 3.0°x3.8° field-of-view and provides x1 magnification.

Phoenix-S trial unit on display at DSEI 2017 (IHS Markit/Hugh Griffith)Phoenix-S trial unit on display at DSEI 2017 (IHS Markit/Hugh Griffith)

Rob Robinson, Qioptiq’s senior sales and marketing manager told Jane’s, “Development of Phoenix-S resulted from a user requirement to develop a system with longer-range target identification capabilities.” Greater range capability will enable users to engage target ranges that match the capabilities of modern weapon systems and the skill levels of today’s advanced snipers.

Jane’s has learnt that the system is an all-British development and that it uses a thermal imaging module supplied by the Southampton-based division of Leonardo.

The Phoenix-S is compatible with a variety of small arms weapons and optical day scopes, achieving up to x25 magnification using an inline configuration of a high magnification day scope and the Phoenix-S.

It mounts to weapons using a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny mount/ NATO rail and it is suitable for surveillance applications either handheld or mounted on a tripod.

The Phoenix-S accessories include interface cables, a remote control unit, and a remote display unit used to monitor the sight picture.

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