Hensoldt Wins Tender for Thermal Sights for the German Army

    This image shows an IRV 600 (Hensoldt)

    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.

    The IRV 900 A2 infrared attachment is a modified version of the IRV 900 A1. Source: HENSOLDT


    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.


    About HENSOLDT

    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.

    Sniper Rifle with Hensoldt rifle scope (not Night Vision) (Hensoldt)

    I could not find any information about the A2 version, so here’s the description for the IRV900 A1 which should be very close:

    The thermal sight attachment IRV 900 A1 is the enhancement of the well-tried IRV 900 – developed for sniper rifles or machine guns. As an in-line system it fulfills the high requirements of specialized troops.

    The high performance was supplemented with following characteristics:

    The IRV 900 A1 can be either used as a clip-on system with 1x magnification or as a stand-alone targeting optic with digital zoom. A colour monitor enables an easier target reconaissance with false colour presentation.

    IRV 900 A1 Data Sheet

    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

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.