Safran Electronics & Defense, (formerly Sagem) revealed the new compact version of its best selling Jim binoculars at the Eurosatory land, airland and security show in Paris this week. A version which has already been bought “in tens of units” by France and another NATO nation. FOB understands that the United States is also trying them out.
About 9,000 of the company’s Jim Long Range (LR) cooled infrared binoculars are in use in close to 40 countries. Of these 2,000 are in use in the French Army.
It was after gathering some of their customers’ comments that Safran E&D decided to self-fund development of a compact version, with specific emphasis being put on reducing the size and weight and adding some new functions such as a low-light channel that enables laser designators and pointers to be seen, and more connectivity notably to allow for video streaming. The low-light level image can be merged with the colour day channel and the infrared channel to give the operator the most complete image possible.
Jim Compact has a laser range finder with an acquisition range of 12km, a wide-field of view (WFOV) of 13.5° and a narrow field of view (NFOV) of 4.5°. There are bluetooth and Wi-Fi options.
Another improvement is that the Compact takes three minutes to cool down instead of 4.5 minutes for the LR.
Jim Compact weighs 2kg, 1.2kg less than the previous version, battery included. The latter gives the binoculars four hours of autonomy. Like the LR version, Jim Compact is very intuitive to use, the controls all being fingertip controls on the top of the binoculars.
Mass production of Jim Compact will begin at the end of the year.