Special forces of the Czech Republic will receive over 1000 TigIR ™ and TILO ™ thermal imaging devices manufactured in Berlin
Berlin/Prague: The framework order from 2022, which provided for calls until the end of 2025, will be terminated early by the call-off of the total quantities by the end of 2023. Andres Industries has now been entrusted by the Czech Ministry of Defense with the delivery of the remaining 561 TigIR-M™ attachments by the end of 2023. This is a follow-up order to a procurement project with a similar volume that was successfully completed in the spring. The indispensable role of modern thermal imaging technology in current conflict situations is particularly evident in the ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. In this context, many Eastern European NATO member states are comprehensively modernizing their night combat capabilities.
Czech paratroopers rely on the combination of TigIR™ and TILO™
The partnership between the Czech Armed Forces and Andres Industries reaches a new height. After almost 80 TigIR™ and TILO™ devices were subjected to intensive testing by paratrooper units in 2021, a first batch of a further 400 TigIR-M™ attachments and TILO-M™ thermal imaging goggles was delivered at the beginning of 2023. The current order for 561 devices marks a milestone in the company history of Andres Industries. The mark of a total of 1,000 devices delivered to a single customer is testament to the quality and reliability of the products from Berlin as well as the progress that is continuously being made in the development of the most modern thermal imaging technology.
Innovative technology for versatile use
Close cooperation with the Czech armed forces enabled “tailor-made” adaptation of the devices according to specific requirements. The compactness and modularity of the world's smallest thermal imaging goggles, TILO™, enable them to be used directly on the helmet or as an attachment in front of various target optics. In contrast, the TigIR™ is a thermal imaging target or attachment that is extremely compact and light despite a range of up to three kilometers. The short design of both devices is ideal for use on machine guns, which generally offer little space for additional mounting surfaces.
The Czech units have therefore decided to upgrade their FN-MINIMI® stocks. The TILO™ in combination with a special assembly for the ELCAN Specter 1-4x DR is used in the FN MINIMI® 5.56 versions, while the TigIR™ will support the more powerful versions in caliber 7.62 x 51 NATO in the future. It is speculated that after the machine gunners have been comprehensively equipped, the equipping of sniper weapons and assault rifles will now be tackled. Andres Industries also has further powerful and highly compact solutions here with the BeaIR™ and PumIR™.
Particularly in times of crisis, medium-sized German companies prove themselves to be reliable providers of urgently needed materials. The order is further proof of the ability of smaller companies to provide high-quality, high-performance products in a short time. This procurement concept has proven to be extremely successful. Other NATO countries are already following this model and are planning to purchase AIAG devices on a comparable scale.