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13 Jun 16. Qioptiq, an Excelitas technologies company, has secured a significant multi-million pound (£) contract for the supply of Kite In-Line Weapon Sights and maintenance items to the Commonwealth of Australia Department of Defence in support of the Australia Defence Forces (ADF) LAND125 3C project. ADF is recognised as a very diligent purchaser of military equipment and the items they select are tested rigorously, prior to a selection where equipment performance is considered as a high priority.
Dave W Evans, Head of Export Sales, Land Business Group, said “It’s a real privilege to have the opportunity to again supply our weapon sights to the Australia Defence Forces, particularly knowing that their robust testing regime and procurement processes allow only a selection of the best equipment from reputable suppliers world-wide. It’s also pleasing to see that our Kite family of weapon sights continue to attract a positive reputation for performance and reliability. This success with the Australia Defence Forces, a highly respected military user, will hopefully allow us to increase our sales to this region. The team at Qioptiq have always been confident that our Kite In-Line product is
world-class and the best available, the selection by the Australia Defence Forces now confirms this. We’re very happy with this award and our focus is now directed towards making sure that this special
customer remains satisfied with the product and our performance”
Qioptiq Managing Director, Steve Shaw commented “We should take pride in the fact that to win this business, we have developed world beating products and are delighted to have been chosen by the ADF to supply equipment of this type. We have competed effectively with all other credible weapon sight suppliers from around the world. This is a major success for Qioptiq and demonstrates that our capability in terms of product development, manufacture and supply is world class. We look
forward to building on this success and securing further business in Australia, in the surrounding countries and with other military customer who demand the best product of its type on the market”
About Kite In-Line Weapon Sight Kite In-Line is a compact night sighting system that’s mounted on a weapon in front of a magnified day sight. Kite In-Line uses image intensification technology to amplify the small amount of light energy available at night time, to present the soldier with a clear bright image of the night scene. It’s possible to see a person at
distances beyond 1,000m in night time conditions were the naked eye would struggle to see very short distances. This capability allows the soldier the ability to observe and engage any threats, providing the soldier with additional protection against an enemy using a lesser performing night sighting system.
10 Jun 16. Visual images of both hostile and friendly forces at a range that enables a commander to make an informed decision in a timely manner are a key capability of the Chess Dynamics Hawkeye family of electro optics systems on display in Hall 5, stand K700. The Hawkeye family, developed specifically for land based operations, is designed to integrate with a wide range of associated systems and equipment including remote weapon stations, ground surveillance radar, battlefield management systems and data link networks. The family features advanced image processing that enables automatic target detection and target tracking, panoramic situational awareness, and video and still image capture complete with the associated meta data.
“We have developed the Hawkeye family following detailed discussions with users. Amongst their key requirements we have built in are comprehensive 24 hour surveillance and target identification,” said Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics. He added,