• Thomas Global's Biocular Image Control Units (BICU). (Thomas Global Systems)
    Thomas Global's Biocular Image Control Units (BICU). (Thomas Global Systems)

Thomas Global Systems has announced that its digital biocular (BIOC) display technology has been selected for a major US armored vehicle program with the award of a multi-year contract to deliver digital targeting display systems.

The company, which manufactures at a facility in Western Sydney, says that its NextGen BIOC technology integrates modern, fully digital architecture with BIOC advantages to "deliver operators a targeting display solution free of critical CRT obsolescence risk and offering major enhancements in unit reliability and cost of ownership".

Associated improvements in image quality and compatibility with modern and legacy sensor suites reportedly enable NextGen BIOCs to be adopted as forward-fit units or integrated into installed systems as part of obsolescence management or technology insertion programs.

“The selection of Thomas Global to provide vital targeting equipment to some of the world’s most advanced armored vehicles reinforces our NextGen BIOC technology as the new standard in thermal sight displays for the US and international armored vehicle market,” David Barnes, Thomas Global’s President & COO, said.

“Our NextGen BIOC targeting displays offer a generational step-change in reliability, performance and long-term supply chain dependability versus legacy BIOC solutions. We look forward to working with our growing family of NextGen BIOC users to support their long-term targeting display requirements."

According to the Thomas Global, BIOC technology has been used in generations of armored fighting vehicles, with field-proven operational advantages including superior dynamic sighting performance.

"Until now, there has been underinvestment in advancing BIOC technology, resulting in critical CRT obsolescence and supply chain risk," the company said in a statement. "Additionally, legacy BIOCs do not offer the display resolution necessary to interface with new digital sensor systems.

"To address these concerns, Thomas Global designed and qualified NextGen BIOC technology, which also provides a platform for additional functionality and optimization of existing sensors via image enhancement."

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