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Sofradir wins KC-46 infrared camera contract

29th April 2013 - 11:06 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Rockwell Collins has selected Sofradir EC to provide high resolution infrared cameras to support work on the US Air Force KC-46 tanker programme. Rockwell Collins has a contract with programme lead Boeing to supply a range of technologies for the aircraft.

Sofradir’s award will see the company provide the infrared cameras for the Rockwell Collins Remote Vision System (RVS). The RVS permits aerial refuelling at any time, under any lighting conditions, and is a combination of 2D and 3D technologies, providing visual information to support refuelling operations. The Sofradir cameras will be used for advanced situational awareness and in the vision system required for the aerial refuelling.

Frank Vallese, president, Sofradir EC, said: ‘Our team is excited to be selected to support Rockwell Collins for their participation in the KC-46 programme. Our US team has designed some very unique and high performing products. We’re delighted that our extensive experience in infrared imaging engine development will be useful to Rockwell Collins in their contribution to the new tanker programme.’

Chris Alicandro, vice president of sales, Sofradir EC, added: ‘Our participation in the tanker programme was an excellent application for our high resolution COTS infrared imaging cores. Our cores are ideal for a multitude of thermal imaging systems including handheld, ground vehicle, and airborne EOIR platforms.’

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