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Thales Launches VisioLoc® Geolocalisation System for Soldiers Engaged in High-intensity Combat - Thales is launching VisioLoc® to improve the effectiveness of the augmented soldier without adding to the cognitive and physical burden on the warfighter - ThalesGroup.com
Thales Launches VisioLoc® Geolocalisation System for Soldiers Engaged in High-intensity Combat

 

PRZOOM - /newswire/ - Paris, Ile-de-France, France, 2022/06/13 - Thales is launching VisioLoc® to improve the effectiveness of the augmented soldier without adding to the cognitive and physical burden on the warfighter - ThalesGroup.com. Euronext: HO

   
 
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• Interested in this topic? Come and meet us at the Thales Pavilion at Eurosatory for a Press Tour dedicated to Dismounted soldier optronics (Sophie, VisioLoc and XTRAIM), Monday June 13 from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday June 14 from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and Thursday June 16 from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.
• VisioLoc® enables land forces to generate precise geolocation coordinates in any environment, even when no satellite signal is available.
• The new function is used with the Sophie Optima and Sophie Ultima hand-held thermal imagers to provide tactical and special forces units with a unique combat capability in hostile environments while optimising the size of the equipment used and reducing the weight burden on the soldier.
• Used in conjunction with the collaborative, cybersecure capabilities of the Sophie Optima and Sophie Ultima thermal imagers, the VisioLoc® function ushers in a new era of portable soldier optronics for high-intensity collaborative combat.

The ability to accelerate the OODA loop (Observe Orient Decide Act) is a decisive factor in achieving operational superiority in high-intensity combat. Thales is launching VisioLoc® to improve the effectiveness of the augmented soldier without adding to the cognitive and physical burden on the warfighter. The new functionality for the Sophie family of multi-function thermal imagers provides a high-performance geolocation capability and generates precise target coordinates even when no GNSS1 signal is available.

05:48 hrs: dawn is just starting to break and the first rays of sunlight will soon dispel the darkness of the theatre of operations, a non-permissive environment where a soldier has been working for hours to counter the enemy's efforts to jam the section's systems. Suddenly, the section leader spots an enemy tank taking up position in the distance. There is no time to lose. Urgent action is required. Using the Sophie Optima thermal imager and the VisioLoc® function, the section leader makes a positive ID on the target, and in a few simple steps determines its precise coordinates, without having access to a GNSS signal, and calls in fire support. The geolocation coordinates are so precise that an artillery unit can process the information directly and engage the target straight away to provide critical fire support for the front-line unit.

VisioLoc® is a disruptive innovation in the soldier optronics market. Its ability to generate high-precision geolocation coordinates dispenses with the need for fire adjustment procedures, which can currently take up to 20 minutes. Once the section leader has called in fire support, the VisioLoc® function reduces the time it takes for an artillery unit to engage the target by a factor of three or even four. In a high-intensity combat situation, the time savings can be crucial to force protection and effective action against the enemy.

VisioLoc® provides leaders of special forces units and sections or platoons deployed in forward positions with a high-precision, jam-resistant geolocation function with an equipment weighing less than 3 kg. VisioLoc® can be set up simply (on a tripod or hand-held) in under four minutes and offers an unprecedented level of performance in terms of reliability, precision and readiness for action.

The VisioLoc® function upgrades and modernises the capabilities of front-line units and represents a step change in tactical operations by land forces. With Visioloc®, the portable optronics equipment used by tactical commanders is fully capable of responding to the new paradigm of high-intensity combat.

"With the VisioLoc® function, Thales is able to provide land forces with a unique combat capability in non-permissive environments and the ability to dramatically accelerate the OODA loop. With VisioLoc®, the portable optronics equipment used by tactical commanders is fully capable of responding to the new paradigm of high-intensity combat." Benoit Plantier, Vice President, Optronics and Missile Electronics, Thales.

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About Thales

Thales (thalesgroup.com) is a high technology global leader who invests in digital and “deep tech” innovations connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum technology to build a future we can all trust. This is vital in the development of our societies, which is why the company provides solutions, services and products that help its customers, who are in the form of businesses, organisations and states. These cover several key markets including defence, aeronautics, space, transportation and digital identity and security, allowing them to fulfil their principal missions by placing humans at the heart of the decision-making process.

Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2021, the Group generated sales of €16.2 billion.

 
 
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