Tri­ji­con — Pi­o­neer in Aim­ing So­lu­tions

Per­sonal weapons of the sol­diers must have the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­built for counter ter­ror­ist and counter in­sur­gency mis­sions including day/night vi­sion so­lu­tions

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Per­sonal weapons of the sol­diers must have the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­built for counter ter­ror­ist and counter in­sur­gency mis­sions including day/night vi­sion so­lu­tions.

Ro­hit Sri­vas­tava

WORLD OVER EV­ERY MIL­I­TARY is in­vest­ing heav­ily in ac­quir­ing aim­ing so­lu­tions to en­hance the fight­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its sol­diers. Most of the wars be­ing fought across the world are sub-con­ven­tional wars. The na­ture of the sub-con­ven­tional con­flicts is such that it re­quires the mil­i­tary to have a ca­pa­bil­ity to fight in all kinds of ter­rain ex­ist­ing in their op­er­a­tional en­vi­ron­ment. This may in­clude dense ur­ban cen­tres, semi-moun­tain­ous/ moun­tain­ous ter­rain, jun­gle ter­rain, semi desert and desert ter­rain. This ca­pa­bil­ity also re­quires an abil­ity to op­er­ate in all weather con­di­tions both by day as well as by night. . This poses se­ri­ous chal­lenges for the mil­i­tary who not only have to elim­i­nate the ad­ver­sary but also have to si­mul­ta­ne­ously en­sure min­i­mum col­lat­eral dam­age which in turn pre­cludes the use of heavy weapons including area weapons thus lay­ing more em­pha­sis on in­di­vid­ual/per­sonal weapons and the in­di­vid­u­als skill at arms.

Since, the sub-con­ven­tional con­flicts in­volve non-state ac­tors who adopt guerilla tac­tics to achieve their mis­sions, the num­bers in­volved are in­vari­ably small. They use the pop­u­la­tion cen­tres to scat­ter and hide them­selves while re­main­ing con­cealed and undis­closed in the area of op­er­a­tions thus pro­vid­ing no tar­get for the mil­i­tary to en­gage with con­ven­tional weapons. Thus counter in­sur­gency and counter ter­ror­ism op­er­a­tions which are a part of sub con­ven­tional con­flicts re­quire ba­sic sol­dierly skills plus ad­di­tional skills of per­sonal na­ture for coun­ter­ing the in­sur­gent/ter­ror­ist and hence a greater em­pha­sis on the use of in­di­vid­ual/per­sonal weapons. These per­sonal weapons must have the lat­est tech­nolo­gies in­built for counter ter­ror­ist and counter in­sur­gency mis­sions including day/night vi­sion so­lu­tions for op­er­at­ing in all weather con­di­tions by day as well as by night.

Tri­ji­con

Es­tab­lished in 1981, the Michi­gan based Tri­ji­con of­fers cut­ting edge state-of-the-art ther­mal imag­ing and aim­ing so­lu­tions for in­fantry sol­diers. The com­pany man­u­fac­tures va­ri­ety of op­ti­cal sights like ther­mal imag­ing sights, mag­ni­fied op­tics, re­flex sights, iron sights, spot­ting scope and sig­nif­i­cant mil­i­tary equip­ments like im­age in­ten­si­fiers. Each prod­uct line has range of prod­ucts for specif­i­cally de­signed for dif­fer­ent types of hand guns and for var­i­ous op­er­a­tional con­tin­gen­cies.

Ther­mal Prod­ucts

Tri­ji­con of­fers four types of ther­mal op­tics prod­ucts for four dif­fer­ent uses.

Ther­mal Ri­fle­scope

IR-Hunter: De­signed for hunt­ing, it is con­sid­ered as one of the most ad­vanced ther­mal hunt­ing scope. The user-friendly de­sign and ad­vanced in­frared tech­nol­ogy of the Tri­ji­con IR-HUNTER® comes with two dif­fer­ent spec­i­fi­ca­tion of MK2 with 20x dig­i­tal mag­ni­fi­ca­tion and MK3 with 36x dig­i­tal mag­ni­fi­ca­tion. It also fea­tures ‘Edge De­tect Mode’ where only the edge of the tar­get is marked out in IR. This uses only a frac­tion of the bright­ness of other modes so that eyes are not as prone to night blind­ness from the screen.

REAP-IR®: Spe­cially de­signed for de­mand­ing shoot­ing where speed and ac­cu­racy are equally re­quired, REAP-RI is a small, light, ruggedi­zed, weather­proof ther­mal ri­fle­scope with mul­ti­di­rec­tional thumb­stick con­trol which can en­gages tar­gets in any light. It has a smart built in sight­ing sys­tem which gives 8x zoom with Dig­i­tal Con­trast En­hance­ment and Dig­i­tal Fo­cus Con­trol.

IR-Pa­trol: Dur­ing any night op­er­a­tion, search­ing for a sus­pect or se­cur­ing any mil­i­tary po­si­tion needs sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and IR-Pa­trol is a per­fect so­lu­tion for such sit­u­a­tions. It is a light and ruggedised mul­tipur­pose ther­mal imag­ing monoc­u­lar which gives a sharp im­age through its Mi­croIR™ 640 x 480 12 Sen­sor and 640 x 480 dig­i­tal OLED Dis­play. It is avail­able in hand­held, hel­met-mounted and ri­fle-mounted ver­sions.

Snipe-IR: It is de­signed to work with op­ti­cal day sight and gives a clear im­agery even in pitch-black dark­ness. The Tri­ji­con SNIPE-IR is op­ti­mized for use with a 4x day op­tic. It pro­vides with en­hanced sit­u­a­tional aware­ness for de­tec­tion and tar­get ac­qui­si­tion. It comes in clip-on and hy­brid ver­sions and gives flex­i­bil­ity to choose the sys­tem as per the op­er­a­tional re­quire­ment.

Mag­ni­fied Op­tics

Tri­ji­con com­pli­ments its ther­mal sights with range of mag­ni­fied op­tics.

Tri­ji­con Ac­cuPower: The Tri­ji­con Ac­cuPower® is a ver­sa­tile, vari­able-pow­ered ri­fle­scope with an elec­tronic-illuminated ret­i­cle. Fea­tur­ing a high-qual­ity lens sys­tem with full multi-layer coat­ings, the Ac­cuPower pro­vides an in­cred­i­bly clear sight pic­ture. It comes with eleven bright­ness set­tings with an “off ” fea­ture be­tween each bright­ness set­ting. The lens sys­tem of Ac­cuPower comes with full multi-layer coat­ings and it can sur­vive in 10 feet of wa­ter.

Tri­ji­con ACOG®: Used by the US Spe­cial Opera- tions Forces and Ma­rine Corps for medium dis­tance en­gage­ment, Tri­ji­con ACOG® (Ad­vanced Com­bat Op­ti­cal Gun­sight) en­ables the user to shoot with both eyes open by us­ing the the Bin­don Aim­ing Con­cept. It comes in seven dif­fer­ent mag­ni­fi­ca­tions from 1.5x to 6x. Till date over one mil­lion ACOG have been pro­duced by the com­pany. It comes with war­ranty of 15 years for Tri­tium lamp on fiber op­tics scope and 10 years on non-fiber op­tic scopes. It also fea­tures a multi-coated lens which pro­vides su­pe­rior clar­ity and light­gath­er­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties with zero dis­tor­tion and the whole sys­tem is ruggedi­zed for all kind of op­er­a­tional con­di­tions.

Tri­ji­con VCOG®: The VCOG® (Vari­able Com­bat Op­ti­cal Gun­sight) is a rugged vari­able­pow­ered ri­fle­scope de­signed for ex­treme dura­bil­ity with mag­ni­fi­ca­tion range to ac­com­mo­date both close and long dis­tance tar­get ac­qui­si­tion. The VCOG has mil­i­tary spec­i­fi­ca­tion grade op­tic with an LED-illuminated first fo­cal plane ret­i­cle suit­able for any ap­pli­ca­tion.

They have un­der­gone se­ries of US Depart­ment of De­fence ap­proved tests achiev­ing MIL STD-810G. VCOG al­lows user to rapidly ac­quire tar­get across mag­ni­fi­ca­tion range.

TARS ®: For the long range shoot­ing de­mands of the in­fantry, Tri­ji­con of­fers TARS (Tac­ti­cal Ad­vanced Ri­fle Scope) – a rugged, vari­able-power ri­fle­scope, with 10 il­lu­mi­na­tion set­tings, ad­justable for lon­grange shoot­ing de­mands. This al­lows the user to zero on a tar­get at any dis­tance. TARS can sur­vive wa­ter level upto 20 me­ters and comes with a war­ranty of five years from the date of the man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Re­flex Sights

RMR®: The Tri­ji­con RMR® (Ruggedi­zed Minia­ture Re­flex), a rugged mini­turised red dot sight, made from 7075-T6 alu­minum to mil­i­tary stan­dards, durable, comes in LED, Ad­justable LED, or Dual-Illuminated (fiber op­tic/tri­tium) ver­sions and can il­lu­mi­nate in any light con­di­tion.

MRO®: The Tri­ji­con MRO® (Minia­ture Ri­fle Op­tic), de­signed for mount­ing on all kinds of small arms rang­ing from ri­fles, car­bines to shot­guns and helps in rapid tar­get ac­qui­si­tion. For a bet­ter sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, the MRO, con­sid­ered as the next level in mini re­flex de­sign, comes with large aper­ture and ta­pered light path which max­imises the view­ing area. It is fully sealed, wa­ter­proof in hardan­odised forged hous­ing.

MGRS™: The Ma­chine Gun Re­flex Sight (MGRS™) is a non-mag­ni­fied op­tic that mounts to both the M2 and M240 ma­chine guns. The Tri­ji­con MGRS is in­tended to aid the ma­chine gun­ner in rapid tar­get ac­qui­si­tion and en­gage­ment that will al­low keep­ing “both eyes open” from a nat­u­ral shoot­ing po­si­tion. Ac­cu­racy is en­hanced by use of the ma­chine­gun-spe­cific, in­ter­change­able range di­als, and per­for­mance is as­sured with a strong 7075T6 forged-alu­minum hous­ing.

(Top) Tri­ji­con Ac­cuPower; (above) Tri­ji­con ACOG.

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