Thomas Global to showcase NextGen Biocular Technology for Armored Vehicles at AUSA 2021

AUSA 2021, Washington D.C.: Thomas Global Systems (Thomas Global) is showcasing its latest digital biocular (BIOC) display technology at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition, held in Washington D.C. between October 11-13. Setting the new standard in thermal sight displays for the U.S. and international armored vehicle market, Thomas Global’s NextGen BIOCs deliver vital targeting technology capability for the world’s most advanced armored vehicles.

Thomas Global’s NextGen BIOC technology integrates modern, fully digital architecture with proven BIOC advantages to deliver armored fighting vehicle operators a targeting display solution free of critical cathode ray tube (CRT) obsolescence risk and offers major enhancements in unit reliability and cost of ownership. Advancements in image quality, and compatibility with both modern and legacy sensor suites mean NextGen BIOCs can be adopted as forward-fit units or seamlessly integrated into installed systems as part of obsolescence management or technology insertion programs.

In August 2021, Thomas Global announced that its digital BIOC technology had been selected for a major U.S. armored vehicle program with the award of a multi-year contract to deliver digital targeting display systems.

“Our NextGen BIOC targeting displays offer users a generational step-change in reliability, performance and long-term supply chain dependability versus legacy BIOC solutions,” said David Barnes, Thomas Global’s President & COO. “Our development of NextGen BIOC technology helps ensure the critical, field-proven benefits of BIOCs remain available and are enhanced to meet the long-term targeting display requirements of armored fighting vehicle operators,” said Mr. Barnes.

Thomas Global is co-exhibiting with Team Defence Australia at AUSA 2021, booth #7319, and will be showcasing this innovative biocular technology from Monday, October 11 through Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

BIOC Background:

Biocular (BIOC) technology has been used in generations of armored fighting vehicles, with field-proven operational advantages. There is no flat-panel/ direct view display substitute that can achieve the dynamic sighting performance provided by BIOCs. Until now, there has been underinvestment in advancing BIOC technology, resulting in critical cathode ray tube (CRT) obsolescence and supply chain risk in legacy BIOC products. 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.

About Thomas Global Systems

Thomas Global Systems (Thomas Global) designs, manufactures and supports highly engineered and reliable electronic systems solutions for commercial aviation and defense applications. For more than 65 years, Thomas Global has thrived by delivering our time-tested partners in the United States, Australia, Japan, and across the globe with trusted, innovative, and best value products and services. Thomas Global focuses on avionics, armored vehicle electronics, and specialized mission-critical electronics and training systems. Thomas Global operates high technology R&D, advanced manufacturing, and support facilities in Sydney, Australia and Irvine, California.

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