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A contract to supply unique periscope technology as part of the UK’s Challenger 3 program to upgrade the British Army’s main battle tanks has been won by G&H.
Rheinmetall Electronics UK (REUK) has awarded a £4.1M Challenger 3 contract to G&H for the supply of a custom specific variant of the Embedded Image Periscope (EIP) for integration into the Trailblazer Driver Vision System.
Challenger 3 is a new main battle tank being developed by Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), a joint venture between UK-based BAE Systems and Germany-based Rheinmetall. The program will make significant enhancements to the vehicle and provide the British Army with a world-class capability, made in the UK.
The EIP, part of G&H’s Kent defense brand, has a highly adapted user interface designed for the Challenger 3 driver compartment. The product has been specially configured to provide protection in specific battle conditions and customized to work as an integrated part of REUK’s Trailblazer.
The product solution includes a novel display for comfortable viewing for the vehicle driver while on long duration missions and incorporates integrated electronic display and classic direct view periscope technology. It has a newly designed and innovative compact biocular system to aid eye relief.
Karen Driver, G&H Sales Director, Aerospace and Defense said:
“Working with REUK on Challenger 3 is a hugely significant and important achievement for the design, engineering and commercial teams at G&H. It further cements the heritage around the Kent brand in the defense market. Since acquiring Kent Periscopes in 2016, G&H has continuously built on, and put faith, in the capabilities of the staff and the products. G&H confidently expects to win more business of this type in the coming years, and we will continue to grow our defense solutions and capabilities.”
Richard Streeter, REUK’s Managing Director said:
“We are very pleased to have G&H on-board, delivering this important component into the Challenger 3 program. The display system is critical; delivering front and rear views from the Trailblazer camera modules, enabling the driver to carry out the platform mission. The G&H solution allows a comfortable operating view suitable for long mission periods, while minimizing the driver’s eye strain. The G&H technology is unique and the team at St. Asaph and Ilminster are experts in delivering complex electro-optic solutions.”
The Challenger 3 EIP design and prototype systems will be completed in the newly established G&H Optical Systems Innovation Hub in St. Asaph, North Wales. Production manufacturing will take place at the G&H flagship manufacturing site in Ilminster, Somerset.
The Challenger program contract will support the growth of G&H’s Optical Systems Innovation Hub and has allowed for further recruitment within both the R&D engineering department and program management at the hub, as well as an apprentice training scheme at the manufacturing site in Ilminster. The Challenger 3 program will enhance the business and promote further investment in defense infrastructure along with underpinning the security protocols across both facilities.
Embedded Image Periscopes provide classic direct view periscope vision, combined with the ability to display digital images from sensors and cameras located on the vehicle directly into the original periscope window.
A self-contained driver's vision system, fully customizable and integrated camera payload that enables the driver to operate hatch down in day-light or at night, with a minimum or performance difference between the two lighting scenarios.
A family of compact and yet extremely capable sights for small to medium turret systems or for use as a reversionary sight.
Dual-channel thermal and color cameras embedded inside a ruggedized and hermetically sealed case.
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