Sofradir Turns 30

Sofradir Group Chairman Philippe Bensussan congratulates ULIS Managing Director Jean-François Delepau (Source: Sofradir)

Sofradir Group Chairman Philippe Bensussan (left) congratulates ULIS Managing Director Jean-François Delepau (Source: Sofradir)

Sofradir, the global leader in advanced infrared detectors for military, space and commercial applications, today announces it will mark its 30th anniversary as an industrial pioneer of high performance IR components at the international trade event SPIE DCS together with its subsidiaries, Sofradir EC and ULIS.

This year, Sofradir unveils its extended Daphnis MW portfolio featuring the HD version. It is the world’s first HD format midwave IR detector based on the new 10 micron pixel pitch industry standard, which replaces 15 micron pixel pitch generation models. With 1280 × 720 pixels packaged to fit previous platform generations, Daphnis-HD MW enables imaging equipment used in airborne, naval and ground vehicles to achieve longer range, wider field of view and better resolution than previously available. This significantly improves target detection, recognition and identification ranges.

“We are especially pleased to be celebrating thirty years’ growth in the infrared market at SPIE DCS. This is an annual event where we show the strength of our innovations to customers and demonstrate our commitment to excellence and innovation to the photonics community,” said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir. “We congratulate ULIS on achieving delivery of its 500,000th product and look ahead to marking the millionth unit in a few years from now. Most of all, we acknowledge the trust, loyalty and support that our customers have given us over the decades. It is in their honor that we raise our glasses.”

ULIS, globally the second largest producer of thermal image sensors for surveillance, thermography, defense and outdoor leisure markets, will mark the delivery of its 500,000th unit. Based in the US, Sofradir EC supplies IR cores and engines and services using Sofradir and ULIS detectors with a focus on Northern-American markets. The Sofradir Group has been exhibiting at SPIE DCS, one of the largest international events for sensing, imaging and photonics technologies for defense, security, industry and the environment for thirty years.

Sofradir’s IR detectors are at the center of multiple military and space programs and applications: thermal imagers, missile seekers, surveillance systems and targeting systems. Its IR detectors have played a key role in spaceborne earth observation, meteorology and environment monitoring such as Sentinel-2, Tropomi, Hayabusa-2 and more recently ExoMars space programs; these now total over seventy flight models to date.

Sofradir was formed in 1986 through a French Defense Procurement Agency initiative to transfer advanced research in infrared technology developed at the Leti, the leading microelectronics laboratory run by the French Atomic Energy Commission CEA, into highly specialized industrial components. Sofradir is a subsidiary of Safran and Thales, which are equal shareholders. Since its founding, Sofradir has experienced double-digit growth at a higher rate than the overall market. The Sofradir Group reported an annual turnover of $ 244 m (€ 214 m) in 2015. (Source: ALA)

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