The U.S. Special Operations Command has picked BAE Systems’ SkeetIR thermal monocular—one of the smallest and most versatile thermal imagers on the market—for use by USSOCOM forces.
The combat-proven SkeetIR can be used by USSOCOM personnel in a variety of modes, according to BAE. The thermal device can be used in clip-on, handheld and helmet mount modes and can enhance vision at night and in dust or smoke conditions, the company adds.
The SkeetIR—which is about the size of a credit card—facilitates visual augmentation of image-intensified devices and enables seamless operational transition from an observation to a targeting device, BAE says.
“Our primary focus is to allow our operators to see the enemy before they’re seen, and the SkeetIR does just that,” said Vadim Plotsker, BAE Systems OASYS’ president. “The SkeetIR has undergone extensive U.S. Department of Defense review and testing and is often referred to as a game changing operational capability,” he added. The contract to supply the devices is valued at $11 million.