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Opgal, a developer and manufacturer of thermal imaging components and systems, won a contract worth more than $4 million from the Canadian army.

Opgal will be providing it with Hurricane, an integrated electro-optical thermal observation system, for installation on armored vehicles.

The company believes the entire project, led by the government company Rafael Armament Development Authority, will lead to additional orders worth about $5 million in 2002.

The Hurricane thermal observation systems have round-the clock observation and monitoring capabilities. They are based on an uncooled thermal imaging system, which is less clumsy and less expensive than the cooled systems, more common in today's market.

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Opgal uses its infrared products in other applications. Its leading application is the enhanced vision system (EVS) used for safe landing in conditions of reduced visibility.

Opgal, a subsidiary of Rafael and Elbit (Nasdaq:ELBT), develops and supplies infra red thermal imaging products based on both cooled and uncooled (microbolometric) technologies.

The 100-worker Karmiel-based company was founded in 1983 and its products are sold in over 20 countries.

Two weeks ago the investment committee of the Ministry of Industry and Trade authorized a $1.67 million investment in expanding the Opgal plant.