More than 700 J-TAS systems, expected to enter service in 2009, are to be built at Thales’ Glasgow facility to fulfil the order. The equipment will provide troops in the field with an ultra lightweight, compact, multi-role, night vision target locator capability.
The J-TAS equipment, which is the size of a large pair of binoculars and used in a similar way, combines daylight and thermal vision with eye-safe laser range finding, embedded military GPS and azimuth angular referencing. Thales said J-TAS provides the user with an integrated target locator for general surveillance as well as accurate target location for both mortar and artillery fire control. This will enable the soldiers to see at night, provide accurate target location out to 5km and provide general day and night surveillance capabilities.
Thales UK invested in the development of J-TAS over the last two years. Its design includes intuitive control features to simplify and speed up the targeting task. According to Thales, the compact hand held system uses un-cooled thermal imaging technology and low power optimisation to reduce costs.