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ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has handed over the first series models of the visAIRion laser safety goggles to the project managers at the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw). The first users will be the helicopter crews of the Tiger attack helicopter.

visAIRion was developed by ESG on behalf of BAAINBw in order to counteract the growing threats to flight safety caused by the blinding of aircraft crews with "laser pointers" (ESuTreported). Helicopter crews in particular are at risk because they often operate at low altitudes and at comparatively low speeds. The glare from a laser beam can not only cause organic damage to the eye, but also limit the pilot's perception to such an extent that life-threatening flight situations arise, writes the ESG. Particularly challenging operations close to the ground, for example in low-level flight or during take-off and landing manoeuvres, are affected by this.

ESG specifies the performance spectrum of the visAIRion laser safety goggles as follows:

  • Ensuring broadband protection in several wavelength ranges while at the same time ensuring sufficient transmission for the outside view in bad weather or night vision conditions,
  • Ensuring permanent wearing comfort under the helmet with close-fitting hearing protection,
  • Flexible customization or personalization through different frame variants with different frame sizes, temple lengths, shapes and materials (96 variants) and
  • Ensuring an optional upgrade with corrective lenses for eyeglass wearers.

According to ESG, color-true vision and high transmission allow the visAIRion to be worn in the cockpit in poor visibility or at dusk and for use with a helmet and helmet vision systems such as night vision devices.

Building on the success, the procurement process for glasses for the crews of other aircraft types, such as the NH-90 helicopter, was also initiated by the public client.

At the same time, the ESG team is further developing the optical properties of the laser safety goggles in order to be able to adapt the protection spectrum as required and thus take account of the changing threat situation and ensure compatibility with other civil and military aircraft.

Editors / gwh