Mankind’s desire to see in the dark has taken another step in Germany. The German Army has just ordered 368 systems with an option for a total of 402 systems. The supplier is Hensoldt and the product is called IRV 900 A2. Quickly described, it is a thermal sight attachment for sniper rifles and machine guns, and you can find a deeper explanation further down in the article.
Below you can read the Press Release:
HENSOLDT wins tender for 368 infrared attachments IRV 900 A2
Wetzlar, Germany, March 2020 –
The Bundeswehr order comprises 368 systems with an option for a further 34 attachments.
The thermal imaging devices are procured for dismounted use at medium ranges. This is a modified version of the IRV 900 A1 infrared attachment.
The IRV 900 A2 can be used either as a clip-on system with 1x magnification or as a stand-alone target lens with digital zoom.
A colour monitor allows for easier target reconnaissance with false colour display. The uncooled infrared attachment is noiseless and ready for use within 5 seconds.
In addition, the IRV 900 A2 is distinguished by the fact that it can be used on assault rifles, light and medium machine guns, multi-purpose machine guns and designated marksmen rifles.
Furthermore, it is possible and intended to be used with the fire control sight on the shoulder-launched multi-purpose weapon RGW 90 LRMP.
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the field of defence and security electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company is a German champion with strategic leadership positions in the field of sensor solutions for defence and non-defence applications. HENSOLDT develops new products to combat a wide range of threats based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With currently more than 5,000 employees, HENSOLDT generated revenues of over 1 billion euros in 2018.
I could not find any information about the A2 version, so here’s the description for the IRV900 A1 which should be very close:
There is no mention of total order value, but I guesstimate that individual sights are in the region of 20,000 Euro each.
For cheaper versions check out the upcoming Leica Calonox.
You can read more about Hensoldt here: www.hensoldt.net
Source: Hensoldt Press Release