A miniaturized near-field observation platform is presented comprising a sensitive daylight camera and an uncooled
micro-bolometer thermal imager each equipped with a wide angle lens. Both cameras are optimised for a range between
a few meters and 200 m. The platform features a stabilised line of sight and can therefore be used also on a vehicle when
it is in motion. The line of sight either can be directed manually or the platform can be used in a panoramic mode. The
video output is connected to a control panel where algorithms for moving target indication or tracking can be applied in
order to support the observer. The near-field platform also can be netted with the vehicle system and the signals can be
utilised, e.g. to designate a new target to the main periscope or the weapon sight.