Cassidian Optronics, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, has received an order valued at more than 40 million euros from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann & Co KG, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, for the supply of vision equipment. The optical and optronic equipment will be integrated into Leopard 2 A7+ battle tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers operated by customers in the Middle East region.
Till von Westerman, head of the "ground" activities at Cassidian Optronics, assessed the significance of the order: "With this order, Cassidian Optronics continues to be the leading supplier of stabilised periscopes and weapon optronics sensors for the entire Leopard family. We view this as recognition of the performance of our products, which we continuously improve to increase safety and effectiveness."
The equipment supplied for the battle tanks includes, among other items, the PERI RTWL commander's periscope (RTWL = abbreviation for all round view, day, heat, laser), the sensors for the EMES 15 gunner's sight as well as the FERO Z18 auxiliary sighting telescope. For the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, Cassidian Optronics is supplying the gunner's sight and the commander's periscope. For indirect targeting, if the gun laying sensors fail, the R19 panoramic periscope with 4x magnification is supplied. All vehicles are equipped with the Spectus driver's vision device.