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A Lithuania-developed thermal imaging optics device becomes product of the year in Great Britain
A Lithuania-developed thermal imaging optics device becomes product of the year in Great Britain

Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide, a Lithuanian high-tech engineering company, has won the British Product of the Year award for the thermal imaging binoculars Merger LRF XP50. The device has also been awarded Night Vision Device of the Year at the British Shooting Awards. In addition, this year at the SHOT show held in Las Vegas, USA, Predator Xtreme Magazine, the main US magazine for predator hunters, awarded Pulsar the title of brand of the year.

“For our advanced optical engineers, these ratings are important because awards such as Great British Shooting are given not only by naturalists and hunters who evaluate the equipment but also by professionals who scrutinize the technical characteristics and quality aspects of the products. The competition in the global market, where technology developers from Europe, Asia, and the USA are competing, is fierce, and we are proud to be able to continue to hold more than half of the global market in this field,” said Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide Head of Communications, Germanas Kavalskis.

According to G. Kavalskis, about 90 percent of Pulsar brand civil optical instruments used in rescue, security, travel, hunting, marine industry, and other fields are exported to the USA and Europe. This year, Thermion XP 50 LRF was named the best thermal sight of the year by the American magazine Ballistic’s Best, and in 2021, Pulsar products received awards from the US Rifle Association.

The British Shooting Show exhibition is being held for the fifth year and receives about 40,000 visitors every time. Their panel-selected and award-winning Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 binoculars push the limits of vision: they reduce eye fatigue when observing the environment for a long time, show a more natural and detailed image even when the environmental conditions are unfavorable for observation or when the temperature differences in the dark environment are extremely small.

“Merger series devices have all the best technological components and solutions that we can find on the market. This thermal imaging device was rated particularly high by our distributors, noting its ergonomic design and excellent image processing quality,” said Kavalskis.

In addition to the Merger LRF XP50 and Thermion XG50, Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide’s high-end Pulsar brand products also include the Telos line, launched this February. These are the company’s first upgradeable or future-proof products, which users will be able to update themselves by changing sensors, matrixes, and batteries when newer or more powerful ones appear on the market. Pulsar brand devices are extremely strong, durable, waterproof, and tested in extreme conditions. They are used by rescue services, including New Zealand Lifeguards and the Norwegian Air Ambulance, whose helicopter rescuers can use these binoculars to spot people lost in the fjords.

Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide products are exported to more than 70 countries. The largest part of the device production is carried out by the company in factories in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Daugavpils (Latvia). The Yukon group of companies consists of 9 companies and employs about 1,000 people. The entire portfolio of products under the Pulsar and Yukon Advanced Optics brands includes more than 200 optically engineered products. The company, which has its headquarters and factory in Lithuania, has introduced market-changing innovations in this area during its 30 years of existence, such as the digitization of devices, their control and image-sharing apps Stream Vision and Stream Vision 2, product form and technological innovations.