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Military orders thermal monoculars

April 12, 2012 at 6:59 AM

MANCHESTER, N.H., April 12 (UPI) -- BAE Systems' SkeetIR thermal monocular has been selected for use by the U.S. military's Special Operations Command.

The device, which enables visual augmentation for image intensified devices, can he handheld, used as a clip-on attachment or mounted on a helmet.

"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, president of BAE Systems OASYS in Manchester, N.H., where the devices are designed and produced.

"The SkeetIR has undergone extensive U.S. Department of Defense review and testing and is often referred to as a game changing operational capability."

The SkeetIR has the dimensions of a credit card and can be used for observation in obscure visual conditions or as a targeting device.

The contract to supply the devices is worth $11 million.

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