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Sierra-Olympic to Distribute Leonardo DRS Camera Cores in the U.S.

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2017
Supplier of IR and thermal imaging components Sierra Olympic Technologies Inc. has signed an agreement with defense contractor Leonardo DRS Inc. to become its U.S. master distributor of commercial uncooled thermal camera cores.

Sierra-Olympic Technologies will assume sales and distribution responsibilities for all U.S.-based OEMs who integrate Leonardo DRS’ popular Tamarisk family of uncooled IR camera cores. The agreement will allow Sierra-Olympic to focus on supporting commercial customers by introducing new product offerings and providing responsive customer service while allowing Leonardo DRS to focus its commitment to R&D of uncooled thermal technologies and innovative IR sensors.

"We’re excited to embark on this extended role with Leonardo DRS and feel that our industry sales expertise and effective commercial business model is an ideal match for their class-leading IR product line,” said Chris Johnston, president of Sierra-Olympic Technologies.

As Sierra-Olympic focuses on domestic commercial sales of the Tamarisk product line, DRS Leonardo will continue to sell its uncooled thermal sensors and camera cores directly to defense prime contractors and the U.S. military and allied forces. DRS Leonardo will also continue to engage with research labs and continue to service international business opportunities for both military and commercial applications.

“This agreement ensures that our U.S. commercial customer base continues to receive superior service from a trusted industry partner and allows Leonardo DRS to focus on product innovation and international market expansion,” said Shawn Black, vice president and general manager of the electro-optical infrared systems division of Leonardo DRS. “We see tremendous opportunity in growing our existing strategic international arrangements with OEMs spanning the security and surveillance, personal vision and consumer automotive markets.”

Sierra Olympic Technologies is a developer of thermal imaging technology such as cameras, components and systems solutions for IR camera users and integrators. Leonardo DRS is a contractor, technology developer and supplier of integrated services, products, and support to the military, intelligence agencies and defense contractors.

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