World Security Report2015-02-17 07:03:29

Sofradir showcases new generation infrared detector for airborne and portable applications at AeroIndia

Sofradir will demonstrate SWap-C LEO at AeroIndia. SWap-C LEO is a new generation VGA format IR detector optimized for size, weight, performance and cost (SWaP). It meets the challenges of 21st century military platforms that demand the integration of smaller, lighter low power consumption devices offering better value for money.

SWap-C LEO is entering commercial production. Orders are in the pipeline with planned delivery in Q2 2015.

Sofradir has cut the size and weight of SWap-C LEO while maintaining its high image resolution and detection range. Measuring 100x70x50 mm and weighing 300g, it is 15% smaller and 20% lighter than earlier models in the mid-wave IR category. This makes it suitable for HandHeld Thermal Imagers (HHTI), gimbals, Unmanned Vehicles (UAVs) and helicopters, where system developers face environments increasingly demanding in size and consumption.

"Every year brings new challenges in military applications. Improving SWaP features are recurring expectations placed on IR detector manufacturers. Sofradir's number one objective is to offer unsurpassed compactness, weight, power consumption and value for money across our range of IR products and thereby improve the operational efficiency of target and surveillance equipment," said Laurent Fullana, general manager at Sofradir. "We are excited to show our VGA 15 micron pixel pitch SWap-C LEO to systems integrators and other AeroIndia visitors. It is a trailblazing product building on a strong heritage of proven building blocks. We have already received strong interest from developers of airborne systems."

Performance benefits of SWap-C LEO include reduced power consumption. This is due to a Focal Plane Array (FPA) operating at a temperature of 110K within a smaller dewar volume. The product also comes with standard electronics, such as a 14-bit CameraLink output used in defense applications, for easier integration into IR systems.

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