The lessons from international missions underline the great importance of driver vision devices. This is answered by the advanced multispectral guide viewing system Spectus II developed by Hensoldt.
For the modernization of the Marder infantry combat vehicle, the Bundeswehr has placed an order with Rheinmetall to equip these armored vehicles, more than 170 Hensoldt Spectus II devices, for night observation. The order was worth around 24 million euros. Delivery will begin in late 2021 and will be completed in late 2022.
This Combat Vehicle Driver Vision Device combines an uncooled thermal imaging camera with a camera in poor light conditions. These two images can be seamlessly combined for a much clearer view in poor visibility conditions. This image blending function offers the driver an optimal view with full protection, even under difficult conditions. Hensoldt’s Spectus I was already installed in the Marder 1 A5A1 fleet.
In addition to Germany, the Marder IFV is used by the armed forces of Chile, Indonesia and Jordan.
The SPECTUS II Driver Sight can be easily installed in new vehicles or as a retrofit for the next generation. With the ability to act as a forward and backward sensor, the driver can perform their task as well as make tactical observations with the benefits of multispectral vision.
What makes the display device of this driver so unique is the combination of a high-resolution thermal image sensor with a parallel camera in poor lighting conditions. This enables SPECTUS to perfectly cover the entire day and night vision area. At dusk and at night, the camera makes optimal use of the remaining moon or starlight in poor lighting conditions. If the light is no longer sufficient for optimal viewing conditions, the driver can switch on the thermal imaging camera.
The SPECTUS II – unique combination of thermal imaging camera in low light and light camera.
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