The use of thermal imaging technology has become an integral part of modern conflicts. From individual infantrymen to armored vehicles and drones - the ability to see more than the other person has a massive impact on the balance of current military conflicts. This is proven not least by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Against this background, among other things, many armed forces are currently undergoing a comprehensive modernization of their own night combat capabilities and, given the acute threat situation, the Eastern European member states of NATO are particularly affected by this.
Combination of TigIR and TILO
After a total of up to 80 TigIR and TILO devices were subjected to intensive testing in the Czech armed forces over the last two years, the first batch of a further 400 TigIR-6M attachments and 26 TILO-6M thermal imaging goggles was ordered from the company in mid-2022 Andres Industries AG (AIAG). Further and significantly larger orders are expected for the coming year. A decisive factor in the procurement of the Berlin thermal imaging goggles is probably the quick provision of the devices. Andres Defense, the defense arm of Andres Industries AG, is able to deliver the required quantities within nine months.
The world's smallest thermal imaging goggles stand out for their compactness and modularity and can be used either directly on the helmet or as a small attachment in front of various target optics. The TigIR, on the other hand, is a purely thermal imaging attachment that is particularly compact and light despite its long range of three kilometers.
Medium-sized businesses as a security guarantor
The advantages of medium-sized companies become particularly evident in times of crisis. the security and defense industry as reliable providers of urgently needed materials. In contrast to the large defense companies, there is still sufficient manufacturing capacity here and the greater flexibility makes it possible to react to special requirements in the shortest possible time. A procurement concept that is fruitful. Other NATO countries are already following the Prague model and are planning to purchase AIAG devices on a similar scale from 2023. Andres Industries recently received another contract for a tender from the Estonian Ministry of Defense to equip 66 sniper rifles with the TigIR. This is also the first lot of a longer-term procurement initiative.