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ULIS to Supply French Army Program with Uncooled Thermal Sensors
ULIS Veurey-Voroize, France), a leading infrared vision specialist making affordable uncooled thermal sensors for civilian and military applications, announced in July that it has signed a five-year contract with Sagem Défense Sécurité (Groupe SAFRAN) as a primary supplier major weapon sights, handheld equipment and military programs for cameras, including the French army's Future Infantry Soldier System (FELIN).
Uncooled thermal sensors, known as microbolometers, will be used to fit the thermal imaging rifle sights, multifunction goggles and cameras for day and night operation and improved target acquisition.
"ULIS is delighted to be a major source delivering high-performance products to Sagem Défense Sécurité," said Jean-François Delepau, Managing Director of ULIS. "The fact that we successfully passed extremely stringent qualification tests confirms that ULIS' technology also is highly suitable for military applications. This represents an important step forward in the growth of our company."
Under the agreement, ULIS will deliver its uncooled 384 x 288 25-micron microbolometers, beginning at the end of the year. The contract also provides for an extension to supply other higher performance uncooled infrared products, such as the 640 x 480 25-micron and the 1024 x 768 17-micron microbolometers, for several military programs and new markets. Financial terms were not disclosed.