Saab launches a new laser rangefinder named Vidar, which combines compact size with powerful performance. Vidar is currently in production for the Situational Awareness System that Saab will deliver for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels. Luerssen Australia awarded Saab the contract for the Situational Awareness System in April 2018, as Saab previously announced.
Rangefinders use a laser beam to measure the distance to the target, and Vidar can be used as an integral part of a surveillance or weapon system, for example in anti-aircraft and anti-ship operations. With its compact size and user-friendly interface, Vidar generates highly accurate tracking data even at long ranges.
Vidar is designed and verified to sustain long-term use in harsh environments where reliability is crucial. It is built up in a sealed and stable housing with external surface treatment for demanding conditions. The laser rangefinder has excellent performance with a range of up to 40km with a pulse repetition rate up to 12.5 pps. By careful selection of the laser parameters, Vidar is classified as a Class 1M laser product in accordance with EN 60825-1, IEC: 2014..
“With the latest addition to our laser offer, Vidar, we meet the market’s demand for a laser rangefinder with optimal balance between size and cutting-edge performance. It is in production and will be delivered for Australia’s new Arafura class Offshore Patrol Vessels as a part of the 9LV-based Situational Awareness System”, says Anders Carp, head of Saab business area Surveillance.