Solutions to win: Dnipro engineers present first Ukrainian-made thermal camera for the army
NVECTech from Dnipro has developed a new Patriot L35 thermal camera for the Ukrainian army. Engineers spoke to Channel 11 about their products.
What is the problem?
During the war, Ukrainian forces are forced to conduct various military operations under any conditions. Night, rain, fog, smoke, and snowfall make military missions less effective.
Previously, night vision devices were used to increase visibility, but their principle is different from thermal imagers. It is hard to see in poor visibility conditions, as they make the fog more visible and distracting.
What is the solution?
With the help of a thermal imager, the military has the opportunity to determine the location of the enemy or the accumulation of military equipment.
The NVECTech team began work on the Patriot in 2022, following the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. According to the company's creative director, Lubomyr Gundyak, the engineers have created exactly the product that the Ukrainian army needs to conduct combat operations at any time of the day.
So that our fighters could see around the clock, year-round, 24/7, said Lyubomir Gundyak, creative director of the developer company.
How does it work?
The Patriot monocular has the following details:
- a high-precision sensor,
- a fast processor,
- brightness control,
- unique software compatible with smartphones,
- a built-in AI rangefinder that determines the distance to multiple targets in the field of view.
As designer-developer Alexander Yampolsky explained, NVECTech has made the menu more user-friendly and added a few new features that are useful to the military.
The developers have added new functions to the software, which are especially necessary for the military.
Patriot is protected with a password because, during hostilities, the thermal imager can get to the enemy's hands.
We have developed a "host-stranger" blocking system so that our guys are safe, and unnecessary information does not get to the enemy, said Olha Kutsevol, a communications specialist of the development company.
The device also has a built-in rangefinder that can identify several targets at once.
According to the developers, even a novice can handle the device. No special training is required to use it.