Denel and Thales reveal new armoured vehicle sight


Denel Vehicle Systems (DVS) has joined forces with Thales Optronique France to produce the Above Armour Panoramic Gunnery Sight (AAGPS), which has been designed for use on infantry fighting vehicles, combat reconnaissance vehicles and armoured personnel carriers.

Johan Steyn, CEO of Denel Vehicle Systems, said the AAGPS integrates the KATE-LR sensor pack developed by Thales Optronique (TOSA) with Denel’s two axis stabilised gimbal into a single product. It offers panoramic surveillance and gunnery fire control during night and day.

It uses multiple optronics sensors and processors to identify and designate targets and then point an armoured vehicle’s weapons onto those targets.

AAGPS provides users with an optimum balance of sensor performance, size and weight to meet the needs of modern fighting vehicles, said Steyn. It combines mature subsystems and components from both companies through modular construction into a new product.

The Above Armour Panoramic Gunnery Sight was designed to meet both gunnery fire control and surveillance requirements and can identify a tank at more than 3 km during both night and day thanks to a mid-wave thermal imager and high definition day camera. It is compact, with a 450mm height above armour. The sight incorporates a laser rangefinder and optional laser pointer.