We present the development of a speckle interferometer based on a CO 2 laser and using a thermal infrared camera based on an uncooled microbolometer array. It is intended to be used for monitoring deformations as well as detecting flaws in aeronautical composites, with a smaller sensitivity to displacement compared to an equivalent system using visible (VIS) lasers. Moreover the long wavelength allows working with such interferometers outside the laboratory. A mobile system has been developed on the basis of previous laboratory developments. Then it is validated in a variety of industrial nondestructive testing applications in field working conditions.