Global Systems announced that its digital biocular (BIOC) display technology has been selected for a major US armoured vehicle program with the award of a multi-year contract to deliver digital targeting display systems.

“The selection of Thomas Global to provide vital targeting equipment to some of the world’s most advanced armoured vehicles reinforces our NextGen BIOC technology as the new standard in thermal sight displays for the US and international armoured vehicle market,” said David Barnes, Thomas Global’s President & COO. 

Thomas Global’s NextGen BIOC technology integrates modern, fully digital architecture with proven BIOC advantages to deliver operators a targeting display solution free of critical CRT obsolescence risk and offering major enhancements in unit reliability and cost of ownership. Associated improvements in image quality and compatibility with modern and legacy sensor suites mean NextGen BIOCs can be adopted as forward-fit units or seamlessly integrated into installed systems as part of obsolescence management or technology insertion programs. 

“Our NextGen BIOC targeting displays offer a generational step-change in reliability, performance and long-term supply chain dependability versus legacy BIOC solutions,” said David Barnes. “We look forward to working with our growing family of NextGen BIOC users to support their long-term targeting display requirements,” he said. 

BIOC technology has been used in generations of armoured fighting vehicles, with field-proven operational advantages. There is no flat-panel/direct view display substitute that can achieve the dynamic sighting performance provided by BIOCs. Until now, there has been underinvestment in advancing BIOC technology, resulting in critical CRT obsolescence and supply chain risk. Additionally, legacy BIOCs do not offer the display resolution necessary to interface with new digital sensor systems. To address these concerns, Thomas Global designed and qualified NextGen BIOC technology, which also provides a platform for additional functionality and optimisation of existing sensors via image enhancement.


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