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Safran Optics 1 Features its Ultisense Line of OEM Modules at the Upcoming SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing Exhibition

Monday, April 15th, 2019

April 16-18 | Booth #736

Safran Optics 1 and affiliate Safran Vectronix are the market leaders for direction finding and laser rangefinding technology. We design and produce a wide range of high performance electro-optical systems such as laser rangefinders, visual augmentation systems, targeting systems, and digital magnetic compasses for military and civil applications. We are pleased to offer our core technology as the OEM module provider of choice for system integration into a variety of systems for military and civilian applications.

Ultisense is our brand of high performance laser rangefinder and digital magnetic compass modules which are renowned for their high grade of reliability, precision and quality. Our products set the standard for target location and observation solutions.

Safran Optics 1 Vector 21, a laser rangefinding binocular, connected to STERNA, a non-magnetic based target acquisition system. These Optics 1 products leverage Ultisense’ premier LRF, DMC and TNF modules.


LRF modules are designed and produced for a wide range of applications. The modules are lightweight and compact, without sacrificing precision range performance – the most important asset when it comes to selecting an LRF module. In addition to our range of standard products, we gladly adapt our modules to customers’ specific needs, to assist in the creation of an optimized solution.  Our modules are available in a wide range of performance levels which are ruggedized and suitable for a variety of mission applications, and are deployed today on a variety of military systems today, operating reliably in some of the world’s harshest environments.



Our Digital Magnetic Compass (DMC) line of products is highly accurate and reliable OEM solutions which have been installed in over 100,000 opto-electronic devices. Our DMCs are robust, reliable, and can be adapted for almost any application.



Many customers require accurate, non-magnetic northfinding solutions for precision targeting and navigation applications.  Our TNF-Primus is an extremely accurate and reliable autonomous True North Finding module based on advanced Hemispherical Resonator Gyro technology from Safran Electronics and Defense. It delivers high precision azimuth, elevation and bank angles even in magnetically disturbed environments without the need for GNSS. Coupled to a LRF module, it is the ideal solution for far target location.  The TNF-Primus is unrivaled in terms of size, weight, and power consumption when compared to other technologies of comparable accuracy.



Safran Optics 1 is a world leader in the development and production of low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) visual augmentation systems operating in the LWIR and SWIR bands.  We develop custom camera solutions for a number of customers with unique and challenging requirements which cannot be met by traditional COTS solutions.  For customers facing unique low-SWaP challeneges for LWIR and SWIR cameras, we offer custom solutions leveraging the experience of delivering well over 10,000 low SWaP camera cores.

From rangefinding to northfinding, and from visible to LWIR, Safran Optics 1 is a world leader in developing and delivering high-performance, rugged, and reliable solutions.  Our team of experts looks forward to the opportunity to discuss your needs and demonstrate how we can be your partner of choice for OEM precision targeting capabilities.

For US Inquiries

Contact Safran Optics 1, (603) 296-0469, john.robinson@optics1.com


For International Inquiries

Contact Safran Vectronix, +41 71 726 72 00, vectronix@safrangroup.com


TacJobs – Numerous Career Opportunities At Optics 1

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

At Optics 1, we believe that our company is only as great as our employees. We foster a high-paced, high-energy environment acknowledged by individual rewards, team success, and overall growth. The achievement support we offer our employees and world-class benefits makes Optics 1 the ideal place to work.

Optics 1 seeks candidates in mechanical, optical, laser, electrical, software, and manufacturing engineering, along with business development, finance, and general manufacturing. In addition to technical excellence, we search for top-notch communication skills, initiative, creativity, leadership, and teamwork abilities.

Visit www.optics1.com to view our numerous career opportunities.

TERRAPIN X by Safran Vectronix

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Leveraging the world’s premier laser rangefinding and precision northfinding from Safran Vectronix, Safran Optics 1 is pleased to announce the new, commercially available, TERRAPIN X.

The Class I eye-safe TERRAPIN X offers ranging up to 3280+yd/3000+m. Objects to be ranged are easily viewed through 8x magnification combined with a 28mm front objective lens for maximum light intake and resolution.

Additionally, it features a Built-in Digital Magnetic Compass as well as a unique algorithm to calculate various distances, like the height of a building, or between two objects.

Output is via Bluetooth to a smartphone mobile app or KESTREL® ballistic solvers supporting LiNK protocol or other products.

The housing is made from rubberized and reinforced RYTON® plastics that provide solid protection from water, dust and accidental drops.

While TERRAPIN X is a commercial off the shelf product intended for the consumer market, it’s low cost and availability also make it very attractive for law enforcement and military.

If you’d like to receive a demonstration of the TERRAPIN X at SHOT Show 2019, visit the Safran Optics 1 Booth #30306 at any time. Or, visit the Kestrel Booth #3246 during scheduled demo times:

? Tuesday, January 22
• 0900 – 1000
• 1700 – 1730

? Wednesday, January 23 & Thursday January 24
• 0900 – 1000
• 1600-1700

? Friday, January 25
• 0900 – 1000

If you’d like to request a meeting in the Safran Optics 1 Venetian hospitality suite, email: SHOT2019@optics1.com.

For all in inquiries within the United States, please contact Safran Optics 1 by phone: 603-296-0469, or email: sales@optics1.com.


AUSA 18 – Stalker by Safran Optics 1

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

In 2016 the Stalker, by Safran Optics 1, was selected as the US Army’s Laser Target Locator Module II and has recently entered production. Safran Optics 1 has a long history of supporting DoD, having delivered over 30,000 handheld laser rangefinders.

The heart of the Stalker is a laser rangefinder with a range of 5,000m on harsh environmental conditions. It also integrates a digital magnetic compass, SASM GPS, 6x Direct View Optic and Low Level Light imager, and LWIR Thermal Imager.

In addition to increased capability, the Stalker offers a 3 lbs, or 40% weight reduction over the LTLM it replaces.

Optics 1 – Coded Target Acquisition Marker

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018


Most users rely on the Coded Target Acquisition Marker (CTAM) as their primary marker due to its convenience and capability. It allows marking and handoff and can be mounted directly to a Picatinny rail. It combines three capabilities into one:

– 1064nm coded marker
– Aiming laser (Visible and NIR)
– NIR Illumination Laser

The CTAM can output:

Aim only
– Illuminator
– Illuminator and Aim simultaneously

Marker only
– A/I plus Marker (high power A/I modes only)


The CTAM’s aiming and illuminator functions include both a high and low power setting, including a Class 3B laser widening the opportunities to use in any range environment where lasers are permitted.


L3 and Optics 1 Awarded Opportunity to Provide Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finder to US Army

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The Department of Defense recently announced that L3 Technologies and Optics 1 are the two vendors who will compete for each one the of Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finders (STORM) for the US Army.

L3 Technologies Inc., Londonderry, New Hampshire (W91CRB-18-D-0007); and Optics 1 Inc., Bedford, New Hampshire (W91CRB-18-D-0008), will compete for each order of the $236,019,734 firm-fixed-price contract for the Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finder. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The program has been around for many years. This 2013 video from PEO Soldier goes over the basic attributes of STORM. Hoever, new systems procured from this contract will offer improved performance.

Seen here is the STORM PI by L3 Insight Technologies.

It offers integrated infrared (IR) illumination and aiming lasers (IR and variable), and a Digital Magnetic Compass (DMC). When operated in conjunction with a GPS, may be used to display target location as geo-spatial coordinates (grid or slant). When weapon-mounted, the visible aim laser enables the STORM to be co-aligned with existing optics, and the IR illuminator and IR aim laser facilitate target acquisition and aiming in low ambient light conditions.


The Optics 1 offering is said to be a larger version of their Integrated Compact Ultralight Gun-Mounted Rangefinder (I-CUGR), seen above, with improved capabilities.

Optics 1 Awarded $45 Mil Contract For Enhanced Clip-on Thermal Imagers and Enhanced Clip-on SWIR Imagers

Monday, October 2nd, 2017


According to the Department of Defense:

Optics 1 Inc., Bedford, New Hampshire, is being awarded a $45,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for production of enhanced clip-on thermal imagers and enhanced clip-on short-wave infrared imagers in support of special operations forces. Work will be performed in Bedford, New Hampshire, and is expected to be complete by September 2022. Fiscal 2017 Navy working capital funds (Navy) in the amount of $220,000 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Indiana, is the contracting activity (N00164-17-D-JQ17).

Optics 1, Inc (Safran) I-CUGR Selected for USMC Sniper Range Finder Program

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Bedford, New Hampshire, August 23, 2017

Optics 1, Inc. (Safran) announced today that its Integrated Compact Ultralight Gun-mounted Rangefinder (I-CUGR) has been selected by the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

The I-CUGR is a small, lightweight, and rugged weapon-mounted laser rangefinder with integrated illumination and aiming lasers that will give USMC the ability to quickly range targets without taking hands off their rifles — providing more accurate first round hits.

“We appreciate the opportunity to continue working closely with the U.S. Marine Corps in providing the Marines with superior technology that provides precise and accurate targeting solutions,” said Jose Andrade, Optics 1 Business Development Manager and a retired USMC Sergeant Major. “The selection of the I-CUGR solidifies the confidence in our commitment to providing technologies that are light yet powerful and are critical to the success of the USMC’s mission requirements.”

The I-CUGR has been designed by Optics 1 leveraging proven rangefinder technology from Safran Electronics & Defense. Production will take place in Bedford, New Hampshire at Optics 1. The initial order is for 315 units with deliveries beginning this year.

For more information: www.optics1.com or www.www.safran-group.com