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Thales Launches Next-Generation Minerva Dual-Band Camera in HD

Now in HD, the latest Minerva visible and infrared dual-band camera ushers in a new era of 24-hour safe driving, giving its users vital decision support in every critical moment.

The future of Thales’ uncooled thermal imaging sensors has arrived with the new HD Minerva, an integral part of Driver’s Vision Enhancement and Situational Awareness systems. Providing drivers, commanders and crews of tactical and combat vehicles with unparalleled sensitivity, image quality and situational awareness, Minerva equips them to operate safely and effectively day and night, under severely degraded battlefield conditions.

Incorporating 1280 x 1024-resolution HD detectors – a rarity in uncooled devices – that provide 2x more pixels than VGA sensors, Minerva’s HD detectors allow users to see better and further than the enemy. Users can trust the live images to give them the information they need to act fast, feel safe, and gain a crucial tactical advantage.

Designed and manufactured by Thales in Canada, home to Thales’ global centre of excellence for uncooled technologies, Minerva integrates state of the art, uncooled Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) HD 1280×1024, 12-micron detector and a full HD 1920×1080 visible module. Minerva’s sensor outputs fully digital 60 Hz video (3G-SDI), and its low-latency and automatic image processing algorithms ensure users experience no delays in optimizing situational awareness without needing to make adjustments.

“Soldiers today face fast-changing conditions and growing complexity. Mission success and survivability often depend on the ability to act first and act fast – based on data and information they can trust. The integration of HD into the Minerva significantly boosts performance for threat identification and recognition, enabling users to see better, further and faster than their adversaries – all of which are critical in decisive moments.” Manny Maes, General Manager, Optronics, Thales Canada

• The new Minerva enables tactical and combat vehicle drivers to see more, faster – gaining tactical advantage with high definition (HD).

• Minerva enhances driver vision and situational awareness as part of a multi-sensor array.

• Minerva ensures that users can respond decisively to threats that are undetectable by the human eye, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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