The market of the sights for the 5.56 mm assault rifles is dominated by mainly three types of systems: TWS (Thermal
Weapon Sight), the Pocket Scope with Weapon Mount and the Clip-on. The latter are designed primarily for special
forces and snipers use, while the TWS design is triggered mainly by the DRI (Detection, Recognition, Identification)
requirements. The Pocket Scope design is focused on respecting the SWaP (Size, Weight and Power dissipation)
requirements. Compared to the TWS systems, for the last two years there was a significant technological growth of the
Pocket Scope/Weapon Mount solutions, concentrated on the compression of the overall dimensions.
The trend for the assault rifles is the use of small size/light weight (SWaP) IR sights, suitable mainly for close combat
operations but also for extraordinary use as pocket scopes – handheld or helmet mounted. The latest developments made
by Selex ES S.p.A. are responding precisely to the above-mentioned trend, through a miniaturized Day/Night sight
embedding state-of-the art sensors and using standard protocols (USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0) for interfacing with PDAs,
Wearable computers, etc., while maintaining the “shoot around the corner” capability.
Indeed, inside the miniaturized Day/Night sight architecture, a wireless link using Bluetooth technology has been
implemented to transmit the video streaming of the rifle sight to an helmet mounted display. The video of the rifle sight
is transmitted only to the eye-piece of the soldier shouldering the rifle.