Thales has secured a contract from Beltech to deliver Catherine thermal imaging cameras for the Indian Army’s T90 battle tanks.
The deal is in line with the Indian Government’s ‘Made in India’ initiative, which aims to encourage companies to manufacture their products in the country.
The contract requires Thales to integrate 260 compact long wave infrared (LWIR) thermal imaging (TI) Catherine into Beltech’s TI Sights.
Used for target acquisition and weapon engagements by land vehicles, Catherine thermal imagers offer gunners, commanders and land recce observers clear vision during day and night in adverse conditions.
The Indian Army is already using the Catherine thermal imager.
More than 7,000 Catherine cameras are in service on-board 30 fighting vehicle types worldwide.
The company currently employs more than 300 personnel at its wholly-owned Indian subsidiary, Thales India.
Image: Thales has won a contract to deliver Catherine thermal imaging cameras for the Indian Army. Photo: courtesy of Thales Group.