Sensors that increase a submarine's effectiveness against surface ships, aircraft, and land targets are in increasing demand for improved mission effectiveness. CE’s thermal imaging technology provides enhanced nighttime surveillance and greatly improved image resolution in adverse conditions. It provides long-range, high-resolution imagery with a 360-degree wide FOV for better target acquisition. This significant breakthrough permits installation of the IR module directly on the non-penetrating optronic mast, eliminating the need for a periscope, facilitating faster, safer surfacing of the submarine for improved reconnaissance.
CE IR technology increases combat capabilities for submarines. As such, CE has been selected to provide thermal imaging modules for the Model 90 Universal Modular (optronic) masts of the next-generation VIRGINIA-class fast attack nuclear submarine, the Type 8 periscopes of the LOS ANGELES-class submarine, and the optronic masts of the U.K. Royal Navy's next-generation ASTUTE-class fast attack nuclear submarines.