HENSOLDT, a name synonymous with reliable and accurate targeting and observation optics, has been at the forefront of developing and producing exceptional products since its establishment in 1896. With a strong reputation for combat-proven solutions, HENSOLDT continues to maintain its legacy in various fields. This article offers a snapshot of HENSOLDT’s portfolio, showcasing a range of products including sights, scopes, spotters, night vision attachments, residual light intensifiers, and fire control sights. These products are designed for both domestic and international markets, boasting user-friendly operation, robustness in any climate, unparalleled clear vision in all light conditions, and digital connectivity.
HENSOLDT Targeting Optics and Ballistic Calculators for Handheld Anti-Tank Weapons: HENSOLDT understands the critical importance of precision when operating anti-tank weapons, ensuring the ability to hit the target accurately every time. The Fire Control System (FCS) by HENSOLDT addresses the operator’s needs by providing a lightweight, all-weather capable solution. Incorporating a range finder and a day-night capability, this system generates a ballistic calculated aiming mark, accounting for deflection and elevation. With digital networking capabilities, the HENSOLDT FCS effectively solves the operator’s challenges.
Clip-on Thermal Imager Weapon Sight – Medium Range: The HENSOLDT IRV-MR Uncooled Thermal Clip-on System is a lightweight and highly capable device designed for simple operation. It offers quick readiness in less than four seconds and features a video output for external monitoring. The system includes two battery holders for quick and safe battery changes in all environmental conditions, accompanied by a central control panel. Its optical data encompasses 1x magnification with up to 20 reticles, an inline focus range of 10m to infinity, and a field of view measuring 10.4° x 7.8°. The sensor, with a 12μm resolution and 640×480 display at 60Hz, employs LWIR technology. The display, an RGB OLED, offers additional features such as cant highlighting, image colourisation, and human hot spot detection.
The system’s impressive range performance includes a man-size target detection range of 1880m and a recognition range of 650m. Compact in size, with dimensions of 132mm x 80mm x 76mm, and weighing less than 550g, it provides unmatched portability. The electrical data of the system specifies a battery type of 3x AA 1.5V or lithium battery, with a battery lifetime of at least 6.5 hours at an environmental temperature of 21°C. The battery compartment allows for quick and blind battery changes, and the system can power up in less than four seconds. Connectivity options include an external power port, USB digital video, and wired remote control. Additionally, the system is Bluetooth and WiFi enabled, facilitating wireless connectivity. The HENSOLDT IRV-MR Uncooled Thermal Clip-on System meets environmental resistance standards according to NATO D14 Handbook 2018 220.127.116.11 Thermal Weapon Sight Performance Tests. Notably, HENSOLDT sights and night vision attachments have been selected for the German “Gladiator/Future Soldier” programme (IdZ-1 and IdZ-2).
RangR42: A Versatile Spotting Scope with Integrated Sensor Package: The RangR42 is an innovative spotting scope that combines a variable 6x to 42x optic with a comprehensive sensor package. This versatile device can also be supplied as a classic Spotter 42, without integrated sensor technology, based on customer requirements. In addition to the variable optic, which allows easy attachment of night vision and thermal imaging devices, the RangR42 integrates an array of sensors. These include an environmental sensor system measuring temperature and air pressure, a ballistics calculator, a GPS sensor, a laser rangefinder, and a magnetic dynamic compass. It also features an optional visible or invisible laser pointer. The data collected by these sensors is displayed in the spotter’s field of view on a digital display, conveniently positioned at the upper edge of the optics to maintain optical performance. Furthermore, this design allows the spotting scope to be used without power when necessary.
Establishment of HENSOLDT THEON NightVision GmbH: To cater to the evolving operational environment and the requirements of modern armed forces, HENSOLDT has joined forces with THEON SENSORS SA to establish a joint company called HENSOLDT THEON NightVision GmbH. Their collaborative effort aims to deliver the next generation of Night Vision Goggles, known as the MIKRON Night Vision Goggles, to the German Armed Forces and OCCAR. Production and delivery of these NVGs will be carried out at HENSOLDT’s facility in Wetzlar. Acknowledging the importance of connectivity in modern military equipment, HENSOLDT ensures that its products are capable of seamlessly integrating into meshed digital networks.
HENSOLDT has consistently delivered precise, reliable, and combat-proven optics, sensors, night vision devices, and fire control systems since 1896. Their products are designed to meet the needs of operators in various scenarios, enabling accurate targeting and observation. With a focus on digital connectivity, HENSOLDT continues to adapt to the requirements of modern armed forces. As a testament to their excellence, HENSOLDT sights and night vision attachments have been selected for the esteemed German “Gladiator/Future Soldier” programme. With the establishment of HENSOLDT THEON NightVision GmbH, HENSOLDT remains committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions that meet the demands of today and tomorrow’s armed forces.
Situational Awareness for Armoured Vehicles
SETAS: Enhancing the Versatility of the KMW RCH 155 Remote Controlled Howitzer: The HENSOLDT See Through Armour System (SETAS) has once again proven its versatility by being integrated into the advanced KMW RCH 155 Remote Controlled Howitzer. This article explores the latest developments and enhancements brought about by SETAS, highlighting its ability to provide exceptional situational awareness and integrate seamlessly with other technologies.
The KMW RCH 155: A Cutting-Edge Artillery System: The RCH 155 stands among the world’s most advanced barreled artillery systems. This new protected howitzer combines the long-range firepower and versatility of the automatic and remote-controllable Artillery Gun Module (AGM) with the mobility and protection offered by the field-tested BOXER wheeled armored vehicle. Germany’s recent announcement of providing Ukraine with 18 RCH 155 self-propelled guns further attests to the system’s outstanding capabilities.
SETAS: Empowering the Platform Commander: Recognising the significance of situational awareness for high-value platforms like the RCH 155, SETAS equips the Platform Commander with high-definition, visible situational awareness in all environments, regardless of the time of day. SETAS can be configured to match the specific role and tasks of the platform, allowing for optimal performance. Moreover, the SETAS Central Image Processing Unit (CIPU) offers a digital interface that enables the seamless integration of additional defensive capabilities, such as the ability to monitor for hostile unmanned aerial systems (UAS) using SETAS and other under-armour platform sensors, providing comprehensive hemispherical air sentry cover.
Expanded Capabilities and Collaboration: In a recent milestone, SETAS successfully connected to a multi-user meshed network, working in conjunction with ATAK software. This integration showcased the comprehensive utility of the system, enabling effective coordination and communication among various stakeholders. To achieve this feat, HENSOLDT UK collaborated with DOMO TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS (DTC) Ltd, a reputable UK-based company, further underscoring SETAS’ adaptability and interoperability.
The integration of SETAS into the KMW RCH 155 Remote Controlled Howitzer has elevated its operational capabilities to new heights. With SETAS providing exceptional situational awareness and the flexibility to integrate additional defensive measures, the platform commander gains a significant advantage in diverse operational scenarios. By demonstrating its compatibility with a multi-user meshed network through collaboration with DTC, SETAS has proven its comprehensive utility and potential for future advancements. As technology continues to evolve, the versatility and effectiveness of SETAS will undoubtedly play a crucial role in enhancing the capabilities of advanced military systems.
Ground Based Radars
HENSOLDT: Advancing Ground-Based Radar Systems for Enhanced Battlefield Capabilities: HENSOLDT, a renowned provider of radar systems, has been continuously delivering cutting-edge solutions to enhance ground-based and air defence capabilities. With a strong focus on the UK defence and security sectors, HENSOLDT is committed to supporting and collaborating with industry partners to meet the evolving needs of the modern battlefield. This article highlights HENSOLDT’s current radar systems in the land domain, including TRML-4D, SPEXER 20003D, and TWINVIS, along with the company’s dedication to the UK market.
TRML-4D: The Backbone of Air and Ground Surveillance: TRML-4D, a member of HENSOLDT’s C-band radar family, is a remote-controlled mobile unit designed for ground-based and ground-based air defence. Its deep and long-range surveillance capabilities make it a preferred choice for forces requiring reliable radar systems. TRML-4D’s operational success and proven track record contribute to HENSOLDT’s commitment to providing software-defined sensor systems that ensure operational advantage and flexibility for future missions. Collaboration with industry partners plays a vital role in developing a sensor suite that aligns with the dynamic requirements of the modern battlefield. The radar’s ability to switch modes without hardware modification enables it to fulfil multiple tasks, catering to diverse roles from a single platform.
TwinSens – Combining Active and Passive Radar for Enhanced Air Defence: HENSOLDT’s TwinSens solution combines the TRML-4D active radar system with the Twinvis passive radar, offering unique functionalities and operational advantages. By exchanging sensor data and utilising common control, TwinSens provides an air picture without RF transmissions, minimising the risk of detection by enemy forces. This radar solution demonstrates increased resistance to modern jammers and improves situational awareness, even for targets with a small radar cross-section (RCS). The integration of two HENSOLDT systems enhances the overall performance and effectiveness of air defence systems.
SPEXER 20003D – Evolving Battlefield Surveillance with Advanced Technology: Originally developed as a 2D radar in 2006 as a battlefield surveillance radar, SPEXER 2000 has evolved into SPEXER 20003D, embracing Advanced Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) capabilities in 2020. HENSOLDT’s innovative approach challenges conventional norms, providing a system that meets the demands of tomorrow’s battlefield. SPEXER 20003D offers the ability to operate on the move at speeds up to 50 km/h, automatic target classification and displaying all targets without switching between modes. Also it features scalable antenna performance. Its versatility makes it invaluable for artillery fire support teams, aiding in defensive roles and target acquisition. Whether fixed or vehicle mounted, SPEXER 20003D ensures flexibility and situational awareness in both deep and close battlefield areas.
Twinvis – Passive Radar for Covert Surveillance and Gap Filling: HENSOLDT’s Twinvis is a passive radar that utilises existing electromagnetic signals from broadcast and TV transmitters, evaluating their echoes when reflected by objects. This covert surveillance solution remains invisible, immune to jamming, and serves various applications, including “seeing without being seen” scenarios, gap filling, and detecting non-emitting targets. TWINVIS offers sensor fusion capabilities with active radars and sensor clusters, extending coverage and accuracy. Its usability without approval by authorities further enhances its operational value.
HENSOLDT’s Commitment to the UK Market: HENSOLDT UK, formerly known as Kelvin Hughes, is fully dedicated to the UK’s defence, security, and prosperity. As part of its strategic investment and industrial footprint development, HENSOLDT continues to utilise the Enfield facility and increase inward investment. With a growing list of prospects and opportunities, HENSOLDT’s commitment to the UK market ensures continued support for domestic requirements and exports.
HENSOLDT’s ground-based radar systems, including TRML-4D, SPEXER 20003D, and TWINVIS, showcase the company’s commitment to delivering advanced capabilities for the modern battlefield. Through collaboration, innovation, and integration, HENSOLDT aims to enhance operational effectiveness, situational awareness, and survivability. With a strong focus on the UK market and close cooperation with industry partners, HENSOLDT continues to provide cutting-edge radar solutions to meet the evolving needs of defence and security sectors, ensuring the UK’s defence, security, and prosperity.