The multinational procurement organisation Organisation Conjointe de Cooperation en matière d’Armement (OCCAR) has awarded Theon Sensors, along with Hensoldt the production and delivery of Binocular Night Vision Goggles (BNVG) under the Night Vision Capability Programme.
The contract is for 4,550 Mikron 16 mm BNVG for Belgian Defence and 5,000 for the German Bundeswehr, as well as an option for another 20,000 BNVG for Germany.
A full maintenance and repair service for up to 15 years is also included, as well as a series of accessories that will be delivered to the users.
Deliveries will start later this year.
Theon Sensors’ Mikron 16 mm Binocular Night Vision Goggle (BNVG) that the Belgian Defence Force and German Army will be using.
Mikron is a spin-off of the well-known NYX family of Theon Sensors.
It uses 16 mm tubes, the size and most importantly the weight of this binocular have been reduced by up to 20 per cent without any major reduction in performance.
Mikron is already in operation with various European end-users.
The consortium of Hensoldt and Theon Sensors is an ideal solution for the two states currently participating in the Night Vision Capability Programme, as both companies have proven track records in the field of image intensifier technology. With the combined production capacities in Wetzlar, Germany, and Athens, Greece, very large lot sizes can be produced in a short period of time and on short notice. A transfer of technology from Athens to Wetzlar will enable Hensoldt to not only assemble the BNVG locally but also to fulfil the contractual ILS obligations from a local site to Belgian Defence and the Bundeswehr, ensuring short ways and quick reaction times.
Christian Hadjminas, CEO of Theon Sensors and President of EFA GROUP, said:
“Theon Sensors’ consortium with Hensoldt is in line with the vision of a strong and joint European defence industry and we will continue to work towards its development and implementation. This large contract is the culmination of Theon Sensors’ hard work and effort in the field of Night Vision. Given that it is the largest contract ever signed for night vision equipment in the European market and, in general, the largest direct order to the Greek defence industry.
We believe that this contract is a turning point for the Greek defence industry and its potential, but also for the country itself. At the same time, this contract is not only an important turning point for us in our history but also a starting point for evolving Theon Sensors from being a leading company in man-portable night vision systems and thermal products to a company also for integrated systems and platforms that enable interoperability and real-time information exchange with speed and security.
The systems will drastically improve flexibility in decision-making in conducting military operations. This will be achieved through Theon Seonsors’ consistent policy of building strategic alliances, especially in Europe.”
Andreas Hülle, Managing Director HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH, added:
“The successful cooperation between Hensoldt and Theon Sensors is a win-win situation for Belgium, Germany and our two companies. This is undoubtedly a great success in an extremely important and great competition. This also opens the doors for synergies and co-operation in other areas within Europe. As a proud supplier to the German Bundeswehr with our sights and scopes for the Future Soldier Programme IdZ, we are happy to extend our portfolio with Binocular Night Vision Goggles and to continue to supply the Belgian Defence.”
OCCAR’s Night Vision Capability Programme offers the possibility for other EU and non-EU countries to join via an established process.
A moment during the signature of the Contract. From left to right: Mr. Andreas Hülle, Managing Director Hensoldt Optronics, Mr. Joachim Sucker, German member Board of Supervisors (BoS), Mr. Matteo Bisceglia, OCCAR-EA Director, Mr. Rudy Debaene, Belgian member BoS, and Mr. Christian Hadjiminas, CEO Theon Sensors. (© OCCAR-EA)
Theon Sensors is a world-renowned and recognized manufacturer of electro-optical night vision and thermal imaging systems used by military and law enforcement customers in more than 55 countries around the world. The development and production of the systems is made in Athens, Greece, whereas its worldwide business activities are supported by now five subsidiaries, in Germany, USA, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Singapore, with co-productions facilities in Middle and Far East. Theon Sensors is part of EFA Group of companies that have a leading-edge position in the international markets in the fields of aerospace, security, defense and industrial cooperation.
Hensoldt is a German champion in the defence industry with a leading market position in Europe and a global reach. Headquartered in Taufkirchen near Munich, Germany, the company develops sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, Hensoldt also continuously expands its Cyber portfolio and develops new products to combat a wide range of threats based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cybersecurity. With more than 5,600 employees, Hensoldt generated revenues of 1.2 billion euros in 2020. Hensoldt is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the SDAX stock market index there.
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