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Hybrid Periscope Integrated With Armored Land Vehicles; Optical To Digital View Swap Made Easy

Question asked by Ambarish Ganesh in #Coffee Room on Mar 9, 2012
Ambarish Ganesh
Ambarish Ganesh · Mar 9, 2012
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<div>A British firm, Kent Periscopes, has formulated a hybrid periscope for armoured land vehicles, which makes it quite easy for the driver to smoothly and promptly switch from fixed optical view to digital imaging when the environmental conditions vary, due to elements like smoke, dust, or the darkness at night. Kent Periscopes will render its embedded image periscope besides the thermal-imaging technology from DRS Technologies UK to the MoD for an operational necessity.</div>

Presently, in CVR(T)s -(Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance {Tracked})-, a periscope formed using glass prisms lets the driver look at the outside world at 1:1 magnification sans any powered optics. Also, he has got that night-vision periscope, which comes to play as the light level decrease, giving out a green-blue display. Gary Owen, technical director at Kent Periscopes, stated that in the present vehicles, the driver had to physically change the periscopes, compromising his vehicle and his life for a short period of time. And at times,  the periscopes just won't fit. Keeping all this problems in mind, this new system was devised. The added advantage of this system is, Owen said, that the thermal imaging is cast away from the user, letting out an impression that they are visualizing something in a distance, and this causes less strain in the eyes. Also, switching between the optical and digital view is quite easy, minus the need to refocus.

This system could also be of service to better the spot awareness of the vehicle’s occupants by exposing images from other linked infrared, thermal or day cameras situated about the exterior of the armored vehicle. Posted in: #Coffee Room

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