Finnish Defence Forces to procure night vision devices from Senop

14 October 2020 (Last Updated October 14th, 2020 12:38)

The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) is set to procure night vision devices from local firm Senop to enhance its fighting capabilities in low light conditions.

Finnish Defence Forces to procure night vision devices from Senop
Senop will deliver the systems by the end of 2021. Credit: Patria.

The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) is set to procure night vision devices from local firm Senop to enhance its fighting capabilities in low light conditions.

The move comes after Finnish Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen authorised the Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command to sign a contract with Senop for the procurement.

Based on a letter of intent (LoI) signed last year, the contract will be valued at more than €13m.

It also includes an option worth €209m for the next five years involving the delivery of image intensifiers, observation and surveillance systems and laser aiming devices.

Senop’s NVG is designed as a soldier’s personal night vision device for use in demanding military environments. It leverages aspheric and composite technologies to reduce system weight and ensure high performance.

The company’s laser aiming devices are designed to serve as a target designator. These aiming devices can be integrated with FDF’s existing weapons and other systems.

Senop Lilly target acquisition device is used for observation and other types of measuring applications.

The company developed the new image intensifier, laser aiming devices and Senop Lilly sensor in collaboration with the Finnish Army.

Senop managing director Aki Korhonen said: “Our mission is to help customers to build new capabilities by tailoring solutions according to their specific needs and requirements. Our priority customers are armies and soldiers.

“Our development work with the Finnish Army has shown the agility of our company to support the customers.”

The company expected to deliver the selected systems to the FDF by the end of this year.

A part of the Patria Group, Senop focuses on delivering advanced optronic solutions for the defence and industrial markets.

Its defence and security portfolio comprises image intensifiers, night sights, vehicle camera systems, intelligent thermal weapon sights, handheld target acquisition and observation systems and hyperspectral cameras among others.