Electro optics have a wide variety of use in military operations, mostly to give the person the ability to better see, view and understand various objects, targets, and situations. Devices like laser targeting systems and night vision optics are crucial parts of important missions. BEL India has a department dedicated to the development and production of devices like these, and we will go over some of them here. Read on to learn all about them.
1. Laser Range Finder (LRF)
Light Weight Laser Target Designator
This device is used for ranging and illuminating enemy targets using a high repetition rate laser, in order for the Laser guided ammunition like missiles and bombs to receive the scattered laser radiation from the target and land on that area. Top features include:
Lightweight, simple to use and operate, battery powered, built in sighting telescope with magnification, remote readout and triggering through RS 422 serial interface, built in DMC and GPS, and it meets military specifications.
LRF Eye-safe Module
The Laser Range Finder safe for eyes is comprised of a trans-receiver and power supply modules. It is designed for integration in EO payloads, to measure the distance of targets up to 20 kilometers with utmost accuracy. The mechanical mounting reference gives you easy alignment with payload sensors. The features and specs of this module include:
Lightweight, trans-receiver and power supply modules, simple to operate, burst mode (1PPS) operation, built-in rest facility, RS 422 interface (isolated), and it meets all military specifications.
2. Night Vision Devices
Passive Night Vision Monocular
This light device weighs less than 315g, and is can be used either as a handheld viewer, or as a face and helmet mounted option for night patrolling, surveillance and night shooting. It also comes with an infrared laser illuminator for the use in totally dark environments, for the recognition of ranges of 125 meters and further. What is more, it is equipped with Military Grade II Tube, built-in bright source protection, reverse polarity protection, and automatic brightness control (ABC). It possesses everything you need from a night vision optics device.
Integrated Coastal Surveillance System
This is a 3rd generation thermal imager and a day TV camera. It is a pan and tillable platform that of great surveillance capabilities in the direction of interest. It is also equipped with auto-tracking of a large sized and contrasted target image, remote control operation, network interface with the main system, video recording and streaming to long distances through the network, and simulated control hardware and software for the sub-system tests.
3. Weapon Sights
Holographic Weapon Sight
As one of the most important parts of weapons, these sights are suitable for arms and weapons like the INSAS Rifle, LMGs, Assault Rifles, AK-47 and various other CQB arms. This is very helpful for aligning targets with speed, precision, and highest aiming accuracy. Additionally, it enhances the response time of the weaponry. Importantly, this site is passive in nature, addressed with both eyes open, meaning it helps with the increased peripheral vision, giving an unlimited eye-relief and a parallax-free image. Responsible for the latter is the large and bright aiming reticle pattern, which allows for quick target acquisition, particularly in close quarter combat. The holographic sight only weighs 350 grams and operates in temperatures from -30°C to +55°C.
Uncooled Thermal Weapon Sight
This weapon sight is developed for the use on the INSAS Rifle, LMGs, assault rifles, and AK-47. It is a rather compact and lightweight monocular weighing less than 900 g. The sight uses Gen-III Uncooled Thermal imagery principle and is a state of the art thermal weapon sight meant for the use by ground forces for observation, surveillance, and firefighting during the night. This piece of military equipment is rugged with exterior powder coating and composite non-breakable material, completely passive and silent in operation and able to operate in temperatures of from -25C to +50°C. It works on a rechargeable battery pack.
4. EO System
EOIR Payload for MI-17 Helicopter
This payload is a day and night surveillance system used in the MI-17 Helicopter. The device includes a daylight color camera, a 3rd generation 3-5 µm thermal imager, an eye-safe Laser Rangefinder, an automatic video tracker, a grip and display, a video data recorder, as well as both command and control capabilities. Furthermore, the EOIR payload has various interfaces, enabling integration with different systems like computers and GPS devices. When it comes to integration, the device works well with mission computers, fire control radars, GPS, data downlinks, and helmet-mounted tracking systems.