Senop enhances Finland’s defence capabilities with state-of-the art target acquisition systems

By Defence Industry Europe

The Finnish Defence Forces have decided to upgrade their existing fleet of Senop LISA systems. The purchase order includes new Extended Range Laser Range Finders and thermal modules, as well as significant updates to the software. With this Mid-Life Update, the LISA system will receive the same capabilities as the LILLY Gen2, another product in Senop's line of state-of-the-art target acquisition and observation sensors.

Senop’s devices are designed to be as modular as possible, which allows for new efficient components, subsystems, and software to be updated throughout the entire life cycle of the device. This modularity enables Senop to maintain the performance of its devices in accordance with the operating environment and guarantee long life cycles of the systems. The LISA Mid-Life Update showcases Senop’s ability to maintain the performance of its devices and keep them up-to-date with the latest technologies.

The Senop LILLY was first introduced as a prototype in Autumn 2017 and is designed to be a lighter and more capable alternative to the LISA system. In Autumn 2020, the Finnish Defence Forces signed a contract to procure LILLY Gen1 for Army mortar units. Since then, Senop has been working to upgrade the LILLY handheld target acquisition and surveillance system to the next generation (LILLY Gen2) and to meet the high requirements of end-users.



The exterior and user interface of the Senop LILLY Gen2 have remained the same as Gen1, but the performance of Gen2 has increased significantly compared to LILLY Gen1. The LILLY Gen2 features a new high-quality thermal imager, an extended-range laser range finder, and multiple new software functions that significantly improve the system’s performance and capabilities. Additionally, the LILLY Gen2 uses a new digital magnetic compass module that has been heavily tested in demanding northern conditions.

One of the key features of the LILLY Gen2 is its ability to measure accurate firing positions for weapon systems such as artillery or mortars, even in situations where a GNSS connection is not available. This makes the LILLY Gen2 a valuable tool for military operations in difficult terrain or urban environments. The LILLY Gen2 is designed to be energy efficient and has low power consumption, making it ideal for long missions and cold conditions.



A cornerstone of Finland’s military capability is its extremely powerful artillery and heavy mortar units. Effective use of these long-range capabilities requires high-performance target acquisition devices. To support these capabilities and their users, Senop has developed its state-of-the-art target acquisition and observation sensors together with FDF Forward Observer instructors. In 2023, the FDF Logistics Command placed a significant order for LILLY GEN2 target acquisition devices, and Senop has met the high requirements of the FDF and professional end-users.

Overall, Senop’s commitment to developing state-of-the-art military technologies that meet the high standards of professional end-users is evident in the success of its products. With this latest order from the Finnish Defence Forces, Senop will continue to enhance the Finnish military’s capabilities and support the effective use of artillery and mortar units. The modularity of Senop’s devices ensures that they remain relevant and useful throughout their entire life cycle, making them a cost-effective and valuable investment for military organizations around the world.




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