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Optics 1 – Enhanced Clip-On SWIR Imager

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

During the recent ADS Warrior Expo, I checked out a few products from Optics 1, including the E-COSI. When clipped on to a night vision goggle, it allows the users to a SWIR image overlaid onto the NVG image s well as SWIR energy form ground and air markers and designators.  E-COSI also has the ability to act as a HUD for augmented reality situational awareness programs.

Weighing in at 95 grams, it’s a simple addition to existing Night Vision Devices which offers a lot of additional capability. E-COSI uses a 7-PIN connector and can Import/Display/Export RS-170 Video. It will connect to external accessories: GPS, Smart Power Pack, etc as well as PC/Droid for picture download and Nav File upload. It also connects to Situational Awareness Apps (SA-Apps). It runs >3.5 hours on a single CR123 battery but there is also an optional O1 smart power pack.

Although Optics 1 is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Vectronix AG of Heerbrugg (Switzerland) and is part of Safran Electronics & Defense (a Safran group), their products are manufactured in Bedford, New Hampshire.

CQB K9 – Helmet Camera

Friday, July 13th, 2018

CQB K-9 has developed a dog helmet camera (Level III-A with GPS, patent pending). It’s a modular design, compatible with eye protection Rex Specs and hearing protection Mutt Muffs.

Seen here with Level III-A body armor vest it can also be used with a lightweight harness. This is the Mark 1 version and will be upgraded with more protection and jump/rappel capabilities along with communications and other covert sensors. It is capable of long range live video transmission.

L3 and Optics 1 Awarded Opportunity to Provide Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finder to US Army

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

The Department of Defense recently announced that L3 Technologies and Optics 1 are the two vendors who will compete for each one the of Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finders (STORM) for the US Army.

L3 Technologies Inc., Londonderry, New Hampshire (W91CRB-18-D-0007); and Optics 1 Inc., Bedford, New Hampshire (W91CRB-18-D-0008), will compete for each order of the $236,019,734 firm-fixed-price contract for the Small Tactical Optical Rifle Mounted Micro-Laser Range Finder. Bids were solicited via the Internet with two received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of June 20, 2025. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The program has been around for many years. This 2013 video from PEO Soldier goes over the basic attributes of STORM. Hoever, new systems procured from this contract will offer improved performance.

Seen here is the STORM PI by L3 Insight Technologies.

It offers integrated infrared (IR) illumination and aiming lasers (IR and variable), and a Digital Magnetic Compass (DMC). When operated in conjunction with a GPS, may be used to display target location as geo-spatial coordinates (grid or slant). When weapon-mounted, the visible aim laser enables the STORM to be co-aligned with existing optics, and the IR illuminator and IR aim laser facilitate target acquisition and aiming in low ambient light conditions.


The Optics 1 offering is said to be a larger version of their Integrated Compact Ultralight Gun-Mounted Rangefinder (I-CUGR), seen above, with improved capabilities.

BE Meyers & Co’s MAWL-DA In Action

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

This is the latest and greatest video from B.E. Meyers & Co. which highlights some of the features and capabilities of its Modular Advanced Weapon Laser (MAWL) series of weapon lasers. Shot in the Pacific Northwest with a team of local Law Enforcement Officers who regularly use the MAWL in their day (and night) jobs, they put the MAWL through its paces in a darkened training facility where proper illumination technology often makes the difference between success and failure.


Beam clarity, ergonomics, and the benefits of the MAWL’s unique operation method are on full display here as pitch black rooms are cleared.

I recently learned a new term from Matt Meyers; Photonic Barrier, which he defines as the effect of a light source that is so bright or directional, that it does not allow objects/individuals beyond it, or adjacent to it to be identified, thus concealing the visibility of these objects/individuals from the observer.

The MAWL-DA is designed specifically to push past that Photonic Barrier and you’ll see the team do just that, thanks in part, to the MAWL-DA’s high powered VCSEL NIR diodes. They also show off how quickly the MAWL’s beam divergences can be adjusted to accommodate rapidly shifting engagement distances, or specific illumination challenges.

Depicting what the MAWL is capable of on video is tough. I’d recommend everyone get out there and shoot a course of fire under NODs with one, but let’s face it, that’s a tall order.

Fortunately, they’ve done a great job with this video which will give end users a small taste of what’s tactically possible with a MAWL integrated into their Low-light/no-light system.

B.E. Meyers & Co. has additional content in the works showcasing other scenarios where the MAWL’s capabilities become invaluable, but this video will give you a solid foundation on the MAWL’s basic operation and functionality.

ADS Federal Range Day 18 – IR.TOOLS Photorealistic Thermal Target

Friday, June 8th, 2018

From IR.TOOL, the makers of the Universal Zeroing Target, comes a series of Photorealistic Thermal Targets which can be seen with the naked eye as well as thermal sensor.

Using proprietary printing techniques, the targets do a great job of simulating what you’ll encounter in the real world.


EUROSATORY 2018: Senso-Optics to Present its Advanced Next-Generation X-SEE FusIR Miniature Monoscope with FIR-VIS Fusion

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Hand held or helmet mounted, Senso-Optics’ X-SEE monoscope is based on proprietary Camera-on-Chip (ASIC) technology, with outstanding performance
4 June 2018. Senso-Optics Ltd. is a hi-tech company, specializing in the fields of advanced electro-optic, thermal imaging and target acquisition systems for all-weather conditions and 24/7 vision solutions primarily for defense, HLS, search & rescue and other commercial markets.

The company will present its X-SEE FusIR, a hand-held or helmet-mounted miniature monoscope with VIS-FIR Fusion, at EUROSATORY 2018.

“We are extremely proud to present the new X-SEE FusIR monoscope, which uses the most advanced technologies to offer outstanding image fusion performance in miniature monoscopes,” says Jacob Dagan, President & CEO of Senso-Optics. “The new X-SEE FusIR monoscope is based on our proprietary Camera-on-Chip (ASIC) image processor, which generates exceptional image quality with VGA resolution (640×480) within tiny dimensions, weight & power consumption (SWaP). It offers the advantages of both VIS & FIR spectrum channels, day and night and in all-weather and environmental conditions (fog, dust, smoke, haze etc.). With X-SEE FusIR’s blended fused image, users can now see through glass windows, lights, signs and even colors, which they cannot do with thermal imaging alone.”

The X-SEE monoscope weighs only 300g with X1 lens, 400g with X2 lens and 700g with X4 lens, to suit a range of user requirements. It features several fusion modalities, including FIR (thermal-imaging) only, VIS (visual) only, controllable FIR-VIS blending, light source marking, X2 & X4 digital zoom and other features, which can be provided according to the client’s preference.

X-SEE FusIR is fully compliant with military standards, such as MIL-STD-810 and others.

NRAAM 18 – Steiner Optics

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Steiner is displaying their new line of TOR pistol lights and lasers.


TOR Fusion

– Mil-Grade aluminum housing
– Red or green laser
– Ambidextrous operations
– Adjustable laser and illumination
– Selectable modes for light and laser
– Designed to fit on all pistols with a Picatinny or Weaver rail
– Windage and elevation adjustment


TOR Micro

– Mil-Grade aluminum housing
– Red or green laser
– Ambidextrous operations
– Designed to fit on all pistols with a Picatinny or Weaver rail
– Windage and elevation adjustment


TOR Mini

– Mil-Grade aluminum housing
– Red or green laser
– Ambidextrous operations
– Auto-on Function activates laser when drawn from holster
– Designed to fit on all pistols with a Picatinny or Weaver rail
– Windage and elevation adjustment


An additional model called the TOR Torch was part of the display with no display model. A rep confirmed it’s essentially the TOR Fusion with no on-board laser, and a lower MSRP.

Warrior West 18 – Lockheed Martin Indago Payloads

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

During last Fall’s UAS + Counter UAS Industry Day by ADS, I mentioned Lockheed Martin’s Indago 2 UAV and payload. The Noctus Dual IR payload is now available.

Featuring Dual FLIR Boson IR cameras which provide 640×512 video and 32 deg to 2 degree Field of View zoom, with seamless transition between cameras. Additionally, it incorporates an IR laser pointer. Finally, the payload is paired with real-time Geo location and Geo pointing capability as well as object tracking.