Optronics

For a clear view, day and night

We design, develop and manufacture optical, optronic and precision-engineered products for military, civil and security applications.

These optronic products are used globally by armed forces and security personnel for monitoring, identification and classification purposes, as well as for highly precise measurement, evaluation, targeting and self-protection.

They are deployed on various platforms, including submarines, armoured vehicles, manned and unmanned aircraft and satellites, for land, air, sea and space missions.

Portfolio

  • Multi-spectral observation, surveillance and targeting systems for manned and unmanned aircraft, rotary as well as fixed-wing
  • High-performance optical frontends and EO-cameras for tactical and strategic reconnaissance pods for fighter aircraft
  • Radar, laser and missile warning systems, including fully autonomous systems with integrated counter-measure capabilities

Airborne Optronics

We develop and manufacture airborne electro-optical sensors and systems for integration into aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and helicopters. These sophisticated solutions enable effective surveillance, identification and intelligence gathering from the vantage point of an airborne platform.

Our sensors permit aircrews to detect, recognise and identify vehicles and individuals miles away, from a safe and discreet distance in law enforcement and military missions. The HD images enable detailed aerial photo analysis so that infrastructures, troop movements and targets are clearly recognisable, even under detrimental light and weather conditions.

In addition, we offer self-protection systems which detect missiles, laser range finders, laser target designators, laser beam rider missiles and radar guided threats. According to customer wishes, counter-measure capabilities such as flares and jamming technology can be integrated.

Our airborne systems follow a modular set-up, facilitating maintenance and repairs which in turn reduces lifecycle costs. Our high-performance systems are combat proven, reliable and engineered for long endurance.

Portfolio

  • Multi-spectral observation, surveillance and targeting systems for manned and unmanned aircraft, rotary as well as fixed-wing
  • High-performance optical frontends and EO-cameras for tactical and strategic reconnaissance pods for fighter aircraft
  • Radar, laser and missile warning systems, including fully autonomous systems with integrated counter-measure capabilities

Portfolio

  • Eye-safe laser range finders with low to high pulse repetition
  • Commander periscope with gyroscope-stabilised target lines and integrated laser rangefinder for armoured vehicles
  • Gunnery targeting instruments with gyroscope-stabilised target lines and integrated laser rangefinder for armoured vehicles
  • Driver’s night vision devices
  • Self-protection system with integrated countermeasures for armoured vehicles
  • Sensors and systems for fire control systems
  • Thermal imaging devices for armoured vehicles
  • Boresighting for fast long- and short-range alignments of targeting equipment

Vehicle Optronics

Drawing on a well of experience in optics and optronics, we developed a wide spectrum of observation and targeting platforms that enable vehicle-mounted crews to gain and maintain situational awareness even in inclement weather and under the most adverse light conditions. With the benefit of stabilised panorama viewing and targeting, they never lose track of their surroundings.

For vehicle-mounted forces, that means being able to detect, observe and identify threats as well as track and acquire targets with absolute certainty under all light and weather conditions.

These sensor solutions can be easily integrated into every new wheeled, tracked and armoured vehicle or into legacy systems at any time, as they interface with both, new and existing fire control systems. The long-range sensors have been stabilised to defy difficult terrain. Driver’s vision enhancers allow drivers to manoeuvre at top speeds under all light conditions.

Moreover, we offer a self-protection system for armoured vehicles. It combines warning sensors, which detect missile and laser threats, with appropriate countermeasures.

Portfolio

  • Eye-safe laser range finders with low to high pulse repetition
  • Commander periscope with gyroscope-stabilised target lines and integrated laser rangefinder for armoured vehicles
  • Gunnery targeting instruments with gyroscope-stabilised target lines and integrated laser rangefinder for armoured vehicles
  • Driver’s night vision devices
  • Self-protection system with integrated countermeasures for armoured vehicles
  • Sensors and systems for fire control systems
  • Thermal imaging devices for armoured vehicles
  • Boresighting for fast long- and short-range alignments of targeting equipment

Portfolio

  • Telescoping sights supporting parallax correction, offering variable magnification settings and adjustable reticle illumination, optional with ballistic calculator
  • Targeting optics for short and intermediate ranged weapons like assault rifles, optional with reticle illumination and red dot
  • Observation optics with a high magnification of up to 60x, bright, a high-contrast image at all magnification levels, reticles that change size congruent with magnification level
  • Residual light intensifiers and thermal imagers as modular night-vision attachments for assault rifles, lightweight machine guns and sniper rifles
  • Targeting optics and ballistic calculators for handheld anti-tank weapons
  • Handheld observation optics combining a visual channel and a thermal imager

Sights, Scopes and Night-Visions Attachments

Since 1896 the name Hensoldt stands for combat-proven, reliable and accurate targeting and observation optics for hand-held weapons up to heavy weapons systems. Our line of products includes sights, scopes, spotters, night vision attachments, residual light intensifiers and fire control sights.

With all devices coming from the same reliable source, full modularity is guaranteed and customisation is possible. As the only company worldwide to offer this full range of targeting and observation optics, we are proud to support conventional troops and special forces around the globe.

The optics are robust enough for use in every climatic environment and offer unprecedented clear vision in all light conditions. Our sights and night vision attachments are selected for the German “Soldier of the Future” programme (IdZ-1 and IdZ-2).

Portfolio

  • Telescoping sights supporting parallax correction, offering variable magnification settings and adjustable reticle illumination, optional with ballistic calculator
  • Targeting optics for short and intermediate ranged weapons like assault rifles, optional with reticle illumination and red dot
  • Observation optics with a high magnification of up to 60x, bright, a high-contrast image at all magnification levels, reticles that change size congruent with magnification level
  • Residual light intensifiers and thermal imagers as modular night-vision attachments for assault rifles, lightweight machine guns and sniper rifles
  • Targeting optics and ballistic calculators for handheld anti-tank weapons
  • Handheld observation optics combining a visual channel and a thermal imager

Portfolio

  • Short-, medium- and long-range all weather optronic sensors/multi-sensor platforms for mobile and stationary surveillance, e.g.:
    • Border surveillance: stationary and mobile systems, stand-alone or integrated solutions
    • Critical infrastructure such as airports, harbours, military camps
    • Safety applications for bird strike prevention, short-range monitoring on merchant and passenger vessels
  • In-service support to increase uptime of the systems and their lifecycle
  • Extensive surveillance software suite ASSESS, including tracker, moving target indication and GIS

Surveillance Optronics

Since the early 1990s, we have been committed to providing security solutions for critical infrastructures and national borders. Both, our mobile and stationary EO/IR surveillance systems alike, are designed to operate under all climate conditions. We have a proven track record with nearly 700 systems deployed around the globe.

On the basis of technological advancements and feedback from our customers, we constantly improve our sensors as well as the related service concept. That enables us to continuously meet, if not even exceed, today’s performance and reliability requirements.

Our latest models are all IP-based. That allows us to achieve a substantial reduction of integration efforts into third-party and/or existing legacy systems.

Our recent move towards a modular architecture further enables end customers and/or local industry to perform in-country maintenance and service tasks. Most of these can even be conducted on-site. This drastically reduces system downtime and builds up technical expertise in-country.

Portfolio

  • Short-, medium- and long-range all weather optronic sensors/multi-sensor platforms for mobile and stationary surveillance, e.g.:
    • Border surveillance: stationary and mobile systems, stand-alone or integrated solutions
    • Critical infrastructure such as airports, harbours, military camps
    • Safety applications for bird strike prevention, short-range monitoring on merchant and passenger vessels
  • In-service support to increase uptime of the systems and their lifecycle
  • Extensive surveillance software suite ASSESS, including tracker, moving target indication and GIS

Portfolio

  • Direct view, hull-penetrating periscopes of the SERO family integrating a broad variety of optronic technologies
  • Non-hull penetrating optronics masts of the OMS family which are remote controlled from the CMS or a stand-alone console allowing to gain high quality image data at a very short exposure time.
    • SERO and OMS systems can be individually combined and customised to the navy’s requirements.
  • Workshop facilities allow full support of our submarine optronic systems in the customers country, enable maintenance and repair up to maintenance level 4
  • Electro Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) for surface vessels
  • Laser Detection System for Naval Vessels

Maritime Optronics

With more than 100 years of experience in optical sensors for maritime applications, we are the global market leader of submarine periscopes and optronic mast system.

Listening attentively to navies around the world has led us to a profound understanding of their operational demands and requirements. Our cutting-edge technologies do not only respond to these requirements but go above and beyond by introducing new capabilities, making room for tactical innovation.

We facilitate maintenance and repairs, optimising logistics and subsequently lowering lifecycle costs of the systems.

Our submarine optronic solutions are providing high resolution all-light, all-weather visual capabilities. The systems can be completely integrated into the combat management system (CMS) or operate as a stand-alone solution in new-built or retrofit submarines.

In addition, we offer laser detection and identification systems for warning from laser-based weapon systems.

Portfolio

  • Direct view, hull-penetrating periscopes of the SERO family integrating a broad variety of optronic technologies
  • Non-hull penetrating optronics masts of the OMS family which are remote controlled from the CMS or a stand-alone console allowing to gain high quality image data at a very short exposure time.
    • SERO and OMS systems can be individually combined and customised to the navy’s requirements.
  • Workshop facilities allow full support of our submarine optronic systems in the customers country, enable maintenance and repair up to maintenance level 4
  • Electro Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) for surface vessels
  • Laser Detection System for Naval Vessels

Portfolio

  • Precision mirrors for earth observation
  • Cryomechanisms for satellites
  • Optics for infrared space applications
  • High-performance optics for industrial commercial solutions, such as measurement technology for chip manufacturing with extreme ultra violet light
  • Applications for free-space laser communication between earth stations, airborne mobile stations and satellites with up to 5 Gbit/s data transfer

High-Performance and Space Optics

Our credentials in space applications date back to Carl Zeiss and its legacy of more than 50 years of experience in this field of high-performance technology. Our team of seasoned engineers continues to engage in cutting-edge space and terrestrial optics, co-operating closely with Carl Zeiss research and technology labs.

Our strong design and engineering ethos, paired with agile, responsive project management, enables us to deliver world-class optical systems. Designed to operate reliably under the most adverse environmental conditions, they are tough enough to withstand the rigors of protracted space missions.

Customers value our ability to unite design and systems engineering with manufacturing, integration, alignment and verification processes. Our on-site assets include class-100 clean rooms, thermal vacuum chambers with optical access, shock and vibration testing facilities as well as environmental test chambers.

 

Portfolio

  • Precision mirrors for earth observation
  • Cryomechanisms for satellites
  • Optics for infrared space applications
  • High-performance optics for industrial commercial solutions, such as measurement technology for chip manufacturing with extreme ultra violet light
  • Applications for free-space laser communication between earth stations, airborne mobile stations and satellites with up to 5 Gbit/s data transfer

Portfolio

Thermal Imaging Cameras

  • Thermal Imagers in the short-wave, mid-wave and long-wave infraed spectrum
  • Possibility to exchange Cooler/Detector on site
  •  Software features for image enhancement (stabilization, turbulance corretion, etc.)

Multi-spectral Cameras (Kite Camera Family) 

  • Camera family military ruggedized
  • Integration of VIS, NIR and SWIR possible
  • Software features for image enhancement

Laser Devices

  • Cutting Edge technology, compact, modular design
  • accurate performance under tough weather conditions

Optronic Sensor Devices

Our sensor devices offer high-end technical performance; their technology and design are always up to the current technology standards. We are flexible to adapt our devices to customer needs and offer quick response times to requests.

Our devices are modular and can therefore be adjusted to customer wishes. It is possible to integrate sub-components from different suppliers to fine-tune performance.

We additionally offer deep system integration and maintenance support for all our systems.

We offer world class thermal imagers, multispectral cameras, laser range finders, laser designators, laser pointers and illuminators. They have proven their capability to function under extreme circumstances. HENSOLDT’s sensor devices have been qualified against military standards, making them suitable for use in the harshest environments.

All units have been designed to meet a specific market requirements.

Portfolio

Thermal Imaging Cameras

  • Thermal Imagers in the short-wave, mid-wave and long-wave infraed spectrum
  • Possibility to exchange Cooler/Detector on site
  •  Software features for image enhancement (stabilization, turbulance corretion, etc.)

Multi-spectral Cameras (Kite Camera Family) 

  • Camera family military ruggedized
  • Integration of VIS, NIR and SWIR possible
  • Software features for image enhancement

Laser Devices

  • Cutting Edge technology, compact, modular design
  • accurate performance under tough weather conditions