Russia to Present New Target Illuminator

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

At the upcoming international military forum Army-2019, the Russian company named Quantum Optics will demonstrate a small-size rangefinder to provide target illumination for aircraft pilots, air-to-surface weapons, and guided artillery projectiles.

According to the technical characteristics declared by the designers, the rangefinder’s max target detection range is 18 km and accuracy is +/- 3 meters. The manufacturers say such performance is achieved even under unfavorable weather conditions. The device remains functional within the temperature range of -50°C to +55°C.

Rangefinding target illuminator HTEB.461321.011

The illuminator’s weight is 2.4 kg; dimensions are 200x160x80 mm. Such features of the optoelectronic reconnaissance device will allow an operator to perform emergency target illumination for aviation and artillery even "from hands". With dimensions comparable with small-size non-illuminating rangefinders, the project offered by Quantum Optics will perform functions of the much larger systems.

The manufacturers also offer a UAV-mounted rangefinder. While it is not relevant to artillery units, the things are different for aviation. An expert from Polus Research Institute (member of Schvabe holding) confirmed the drone-based capability was one of the promising trends in the laser technologies.

"A small-size UAV can detect and illuminate the kind of targets for aircraft that is almost impossible from the ground", the expert said.

Although the offered rangefinder has not the night vision capability, representatives of Quantum Optics assure they can customize the final product for particular technical specifications.

The international military and technical forum Army-2019 will be held in June 25-30 in Patriot Congress & Expo Center, at Alabino Range and Kubinka Airbase.

Valery Butymov

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