Thales launches its next-generation Minerva dual-band camera in high-definition
The future of Thales’ uncooled thermal imaging sensors has arrived with the new HD Minerva, an integral part of Driver’s Vision Enhancement and Situational Awareness systems. Providing drivers, commanders and crews of tactical and combat vehicles with unparalleled sensitivity, image quality and situational awareness, Minerva equips them to operate safely and effectively day and night, under severely degraded battlefield conditions.
Incorporating 1280 x 1024-resolution HD detectors – a rarity in uncooled devices – that provide 2x more pixels than VGA sensors, Minerva’s HD detectors allow users to see better and further than the enemy. Users can trust the live images to give them the information they need to act fast, feel safe, and gain a crucial tactical advantage.
Designed and manufactured by Thales in Canada, home to Thales’ global centre of excellence for uncooled technologies, Minerva integrates state of the art, uncooled Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) HD 1280x1024, 12-micron detector and a full HD 1920x1080 visible module. Minerva’s sensor outputs fully digital 60 Hz video (3G-SDI), and its low-latency and automatic image processing algorithms ensure users experience no delays in optimizing situational awareness without needing to make adjustments.
– Manny Maes, General Manager, Optronics, Thales Canada