Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

A key class of advanced infrared products to military and space

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 febbraio 2012

Market report ranks European firm global number one for supplying the military with cooled MCT infrared detectors, critical scanning and staring arrays enabling highly accurate detection and identification of threats and day/night surveillance – a market till now dominated by US suppliers New market position won through Sofradir’s strength as a reliable, large volume producer of innovative, high performance, infrared detectors Châtenay-Malabry (near Paris), France, February 9, 2012 – Sofradir, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors for military, space and industrial applications, announced today that it has secured the world market leadership with more than 25 per cent market share in volume for supplying second generation Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT/HgCdTe) infrared detectors to the military and space, according to “The World Market for Military Infrared Imaging Detectors and Systems” (Maxtech International, inc. 2012). Sofradir’s infrared detectors are used in thermal imagers, missile seekers, Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), such as those used by the French army in Afghanistan, other surveillance, targeting and homing infrared equipment and spaceborne observation satellites. In 2011, Sofradir delivered 5,000 units. This is up from the 4,400 units it delivered in 2010, enabling Sofradir to tip the scales and eclipse its predecessor. Compared to the manufacture of components in other industries, volumes for cooled MCT IR detectors may appear small. However, system integrators in the defense industry are well aware of the extreme complexity of producing cooled MCT IR detectors, with only a handful of IR manufacturers able to produce more than 2,000 units per year. Sofradir credits its increased market share to its longevity in meeting customer demands for cutting edge and innovative products, its capacity to run a safe and reliable production line and to anticipate market needs for new standards, such as the 15 micron pitch.
Sofradir develops and manufactures advanced infrared (IR) detectors for military, space and commercial applications. It specializes in cooled IR detectors based on a sophisticated high performance technology, Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT), and its vast product portfolio of scanning and staring arrays covers the entire infrared spectrum. Sofradir also offers QWIP detectors developed in cooperation with.


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