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Latest IR Binoculars Include Sniper Function

A pair of 2-kg IR binoculars has been enhanced with automated targeting capabilities to help snipers.

Snipers now have a new tool for long-distance targeting: the latest version of the JIM Compact multifunction infrared (IR) binoculars. Developed by Safran Electronics & Defense in partnership with the French Commandment of Special Operations (COS), the “Long Range Sniper” (TELD) function is integrated into the IR binoculars to enhance a sniper’s capabilities.

The TELD function operates by measuring the distance to a target and its speed of motion, and then calculating the flight time of the bullet according to a firing table for the weapon and ammunition used in an application (Fig. 1). The binoculars will display in its sights any corrections necessary to the angle of fire. This function can increase the probability of a first-round hit on moving targets and reduce the possibility of collateral damage.


1.The JIM Compact IR binoculars measure the distance to a target as well as the motion of the target and calculate a bullet’s flight time to improve sniper effectiveness. (Courtesy of Safran Electronics & Defense)

The novel IR binoculars (Fig. 2) weigh less than 2 kg with battery for ease of transport and use in both day- and night-time operations. Designed to meet size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements, the IR binoculars are also equipped with wireless communications capabilities, including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.


2.The compact IR binoculars weigh only 2 kg and even include wireless communications capabilities. (Courtesy of Safran Electronics & Defense)

The portable binoculars pack a tremendous amount of functionality into a compact package, including a high-resolution cooled IR channel, a television channel, a laser pointer, a laser range finder, a low-level light (LLL) channel, a digital magnetic compass, and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. The JIM Compact IR binoculars are currently used by more than nine NATO military forces. The multifunction IR binoculars were recently on display at the Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) event April 2-4 in Camp de Souge, France.

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