Armasight Drone 10/15

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by Disco_GT3 » 29 Jan 2018, 18:22

I think some kind of response/acknowledgement from Carl, however brief - if only to say he cant say much at the moment - would be appreciated by all those who've shelled out for a DP.

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by Chrissmith0881 » 29 Jan 2018, 18:41

I think just a quick msg from him saying what is going off even if he is in negotiations with someone or something would be nice just so we know he is still here if we need him! Or not if that is the case! My worry is what do we do if our out of warranty units go faulty how do we get repaired wouldn't be keen on my unit going away for months!

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by Keefer » 29 Jan 2018, 23:19

Don’t know how to get the link to work but it’s worth a read

https://rongland.co.uk/blogs/news/blog-2

I think this might have an impact on German support for the Drone. Unless I’m reading it incorrectly It appears it’s illegal to own a night vision weapon sight in Germany let alone mount it on a rifle.
Another thought occurred to me and that is Carl may not be able to comment for legal reasons. I’m sure there’s more to it than we know. Certainly for the foreseeable future at any rate.

Keefer
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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by Darren.R » 30 Jan 2018, 00:05

Silent Shooter wrote:
rodp wrote:Has anyone considered that Carl may not have an answer yet? Perhaps he's waiting for an answer before he commits himself on here.

"Sometimes 'tis better to remain silent and look a fool rather than speak and remove all doubt"

Just saying like.
Totally agree Rod it’s way to early to make judgements of any kind,very frustrating for a lot of members I know but please don’t judge the man yet.

Geoff
All I know, is that Carl has been a pleasure to deal with over the last couple of years.

He has provide me with both sound and honest advice, which on one occasion resulted in me not buying a relatively expensive item from him!

He even offered to convert my DP 10x to a 5x mag (for use on an air rifle), when I temporarily lost my FAC due to ill health.

Who knows what his situation is at the moment; but in my book, his past performance and contributions to UK Night Vision still earn him a good measure of respect :thumbup:

Atb,
Darren

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by stacka » 30 Jan 2018, 09:19

Keefer wrote:Don’t know how to get the link to work but it’s worth a read

https://rongland.co.uk/blogs/news/blog-2

I think this might have an impact on German support for the Drone. Unless I’m reading it incorrectly It appears it’s illegal to own a night vision weapon sight in Germany let alone mount it on a rifle.
Another thought occurred to me and that is Carl may not be able to comment for legal reasons. I’m sure there’s more to it than we know. Certainly for the foreseeable future at any rate.

Keefer
That’s been the same for a long time, it’s no change. I imported from Germany regularly

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by camo304 » 30 Jan 2018, 10:58

Very sad :( day
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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by Carl Moore » 30 Jan 2018, 10:59

Gentlemen,
Thank you very much for the many messages of support that have been received, by e-mail, message and a few stated here – it is much appreciated. While it would have been nice to let everyone know what was happening at an earlier stage, for obvious reasons this was not possible.
Over two decades is a long time for any niche business to operate in – it has not always been easy, but certainly has always been a challenge.
Set up as a partnership in 1996, we operated as agents for the Law Enforcement Supply Organisation (trading as “The Night Vision Centre”) who at the time were the distributors for a new (at the time) US company called “ATN Corp”. LESO went bust after a few years of very unethical behaviour, and so we broadened our product line to include items from Newcon Optik (and a few others) and dropped ATN.
We traded successfully in this way for five or so years, and then a divisive decision was made to take up ATN again. This caused some internal friction, and so the partnership evolved into a limited company and we became ATNs European service agents.
It was during this time that we started to make “suggestions” as to how certain lines could be improved and new products formulated. As a direct result from this, what were to become Armasight products (clip-ons, goggles, monoculars, rifle scopes and of course, digital units) began development.
There was some in-fighting in ATN which resulted in Armasight being formed, and we were all confident that the old ATN approaches had been left behind. Development of the new product line, including the Drone Pro, went ahead. The Drone itself took a few years to get to the point where we were happy that it could hold its own against anything else that was around at the time (the N550 was the competition to be bettered at this point) and thankfully, even with other units coming out, our original approach was proven correct. This was achieved at quite a cost however, and even at this point, it was obvious that the Drone would never make any money – the retail price was set at the minimum it could be set to (in relation to the competition, not what it cost to manufacture). This was always going to be an issue – there is a generally, a fair possible margin on products manufactured in China, not so when the components for a unit are drawn from all over the world into the West and then have to go through various logistical channels.
We suffered a number of blows along the way, one of the most damaging being the Sterling devaluation of October 2016, which overnight meant that any Drones sold at that point were costing us more than £70.00 to supply per unit. And yet people still complained.
The other big blow was Armasight being bought by FLIR, which meant that all other projects that we had intended to produce (and there were many) were shelved indefinitely. Many criticised me personally for this, but as with many things, it was not something that we could control – and no matter what you do, there will always be someone ready to jump up on a soapbox in any event.
The next big blow was when FLIR decided that in order to make some money, the Drone needed to be changed. The AMOLED screen was to go, and be replaced with a much, much cheaper FLCOS screen. The reproduction of the image of the FLCOS screen in the Drone is no better than the other market leaders units, as well as leading to lower magnification (so the Drone 10X would give an image that is, in effect, only about 7.6 X).
We came to an arrangement to continue the Drone Pro with AMOLED for a while longer, but again, logistics and extra cost made this eventually become unworkable. Meanwhile, the Drone Pro 10X in the US was being marketed with the FLCOS screens at a lower price, but was still not well received there, and it is these units that FLIR are now trying to unload onto the UK market. We made it clear a long time ago that we would rather not sell the Drone if inferior components were going to be used, and we have stuck to that as being the right choice, despite the consequences that we were threatened with.
So, regarding some of the issues raised here;
1) From this point on, FLIR will be supplying whatever Drones left in stock in the US with FLCOS screens (or units that were returned by us for any amount of other reasons) that we would not sell in the UK.
2) FLIR are solely responsible (legally and ethically) for the warranty/non-warranty service on their products, including the Drone Pro.
3) How they are going to achieve this I am not sure – Otto and Sergey in Germany run a Mum and Pop concern, and are prevented by German law from dealing with weapon sights (which are a restricted item in a lot of EU countries).
4) FLIR have made it clear to us that they are now in charge of the situation, including legacy products, spare parts and servicing.
To be honest, the EOL list went up on the Armasight website last year, and drew no comment from anybody until recently which was very surprising. I know that people are going to be disappointed, but this is not our doing. We have endeavoured to give the best service possible to every customer that required it over the past twenty odd years, and it is very difficult to let this go, but it is out of our hands.
As much of this dirty washing was kept where it should be – out of visitors perception (God knows there has been enough dirty washing of other sponsors displayed here and other forums in the past) – for a long time, but what I have revealed here is already in the public domain, and so will not result in any legal action.
Once again, I would like to thank the many people that have gifted us their custom over the years – it has been a pleasure meeting a lot of you at the various trade shows that we have exhibited at in the past (IWA in Nuremberg, NSS in Yorkshire, BSS in Coventry and MGF in Shropshire) and your encouragement and kind words were very important in every respect.

Regards and farewell,

Carl.

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by PBD924 » 30 Jan 2018, 11:29

A very sad day Carl. I for one wish you all the best for the future.

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by WillC » 30 Jan 2018, 11:49

Carl
Good luck to you.
Regards Will

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Re: Armasight Drone 10/15

Post by stormraider77 » 30 Jan 2018, 12:11

You said to me years ago what a bunch of nobs Flir were.
Carl I wish you every success for you and you’re team whatever you’re future plans are. Thank you for bringing us a great product.

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