Charon –compact multifunctional thermal sighting system, designed for civil or military purposes, it can be mounted on any type of small arms and provides:

  • Detection, recognition and identification of the unsheltered, camouflaged or partially concealed behind a barrier target at any time of a day and various weather conditions;
  • Target range measurements through the translucent barrier, in fog, dust-storm and in other adverse weather conditions; – optional
  • Ballistic calculations, considering range and elevation angle, atmospheric pressure, temperature and relative humidity, ballistic characteristics of used ammunition, wind speed and direction into account.
  • Aimed firing;
  • Terrain orientation, navigation, target coordinates determination;
  • Automatic photo and video recording;
  • Remote control;

Charon – is a modular versatile thermal sighting system, functional and operational capabilities offers an opportunity to combine several devices in one compact case and adapt it for operation as:

  • Sight with auto ballistics for any small arms ;
  • Grenade sight; (if special bracket and software are available)
  • Sight for specific weapon (noiseless with subsonic ammunition, thrower weapon); – optional (requires special brackets and software)
  • Red-dot sight;
  • Surveillance device;
  • Rangefinder; (optional)
  • Navigator.

Charon – is a modern element base of electronic unit and progressive capabilities in the waterproof high-strenght case with integrated thermal imaging sensor, Linux OS based computer, ballistic calculator, GPS module, 3-axis gyro sensor, G meter, electronic compass, remote control interfaces, communication and data transfer interfaces.

Charon it is a production effectiveness, сapacity and functionality, advanced solutions, designed to provide to its owner an undeniable advantages for purposes achievements.

Optical system
Lens 35 mm f/1.5
Zoom х1, x2, x4, x8, x16
Field of view, 0 17,7 х 13,3
Field of view, m for 100 m / 109 yd 31,1 х 23,3 / 34,0 х 25,5
Minimal click value, mm, for 100 m 2,4
Human detection range, m/yd 1140 / 1247
Human recognition range, m/yd 280 / 306
Human identification range, m/yd 142 / 155
Sight mode/ballistics
Maximal shooting range, m/yd 1200 / 1312
Data base for 8 types of rifles +
Data base for 3 types of ammunition to a rifle +
Built-in ballistic calculator +
Table ballistic calculator +
Automatic reticle correction for distance, elevation adjustment, atmosphere (temperature, pressure, humidity) +, atmospheric parameters are entered manually or with a weather station
Rifle zeroing with one shot +
Selection of a rifle zeroing distance (10 – 300 m) +
Selection of a reticle type and brightness +
Thermal sensor
Type uncooled microbolometer
Resolution 640×480
Pixel size 17 µm
Spectral range 7.5 – 13.5 µm
Frame rate PAL/NTSC, Hz 8.3/7.5; 25/30; 50/60
NEdT, F1.0 < 50 mK
Monochrome and colour palletes +, 12 modes
Sensor calibration Auto, by lens cap
Connection of an external rangefinder (via radio) + (option)
Resolution 800х600
Eye relief 60 mm
Diopter adjustment ±3 diopters
USB microUSB
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth +
Radio interface, 2.4 GHz +
Additional functions
Internal flash memory Yes, 4 Gb
Audio, video, photo recording +
Data reading of a microSD or internal memory via USB +
Firmware upgrade via USB, microSD +
Streaming video transmission via Wi-Fi +
Setting and control via Wi-Fi +
Connection of additional devices (remote, wind station, etc.) via a radio channel +
Profile settings Yes, 5
Setting via IR&D software +
Quick menu +
Buit-in navigation and mapping +
Self-location and target location on the integrated map +
Picture in picture mode +
Target size measurement +
Video recording modes Per shot, per motion detection, manually
Power saving modes +
Integrated motion detector +
Digital image gyrostabilization +
System settings
Switch-on time Within 15 sec
Battery life > 2 hrs (at 0°С)
Battery type 2x CR123A or 2х 16340
Input for an external power supply +
Range of the external power supply voltage, V 5 ± 0.3
Integrated sensors
Shot sensor +
Rest  sensor +
Free Fall sensor +
Elevation sensor +
Roll angle sensor +
Switch-off timer +
GPS module +
Digital compass +
Gyroscope +
Physical parameters
Operating temperature range -45°C … +65°C
Ingress protection rating (Waterproof) IP66
Housing material Aluminum-magnesium alloy
Dimensions, mm 181 x 63 x 51
Weight (without batteries), g 197



  • IR&D high-selective rangefinder operation modes: through translucent barrier, fog, dust-storm and in other adverse weather conditions at distances range from 6 to 2000 meters; (optional).
  • Built-in GPS module and electronic compass;
  • Built-in: shot, rest, tilt and elevation angle, free fall, eyes,3-axis gyro sensor and G meter;
  • Automatic calculation of the bullet’s exterior ballistics at the distance up to 1200 meters;
  • Shooting by using of reticle center – auto correction of reticle position considering:
    • Target range;
    • Elevation angle;
    • Atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity;
    • Ballistic data of the bullet, derivation and Coriolis effect;
    • Innovation aiming mode , which provides user with ability to fire on moving target from volatile position when image is stabilized;
    • Image stabilization in the observation mode (hand tremor, moving transport);
    • Motion detection – when motion of a thermal contrast target is detected, shooter is notified by the indication on the screen or sound notification to Bluetooth headset and vibration of remote control (wristband) (security alert);
    • Target size measurement function – after target range measurement or range input, provides an opportunity to visually determine linear target dimensions with high accuracy and without mathematical calculations, in any zoom, by using of graphic ruler;
    • Automatic target size measurement function – provides an opportunity to determine linear dimensions of a thermal target through the process of range measuring by the rangefinder; (presence of the rangefinder is required);
  • Front Focus software modeling – reticle scales synchronously with target at zoom changing, which provides by using of the MIL/MOA reticle:
    • make corrections when aim-off at a moving target;
    • determine distance to a target knowing of target’s angular dimensions (without using of the rangefinder);
    • determine target dimension at known distance;
  • Thermal collimator mode for snap shooting in wide field of view;
  • Modes for use of the system as grenade sight and shooting by subsonic ammunition;( special software and bracket)
  • PIP (picture in picture) provides comfort aiming with any zoom and at the same time to control all the field of view at the panoramic view screen (electronic collimator);
  • Automatic target coordinates calculation (by range, elevation angle, azimuth and device’s coordinates);
  • Navigation service with routing to position of hitting a target. ;
  • One-shot zeroing mode;
  • Zeroing correction mode – selection of the click value by zoom changing; (minimal click value at the maximal zoom);
  • Number of shots counting for each ammunition and rifle.
  • Ballistic data base and zeroing information for three ammunitions for each of eight rifles; (just select pre-saved profile of rifle and ammunition when reinstalling of sighting system to another rifle);
  • Profiles – joins and saves numerous personal settings. User can quickly select most suitable profile for the firing conditions (time of a day, weather, landscape);
  • Own-produced brackets have patented design, provide stable repeatability of installation to a rifle as part of the system and do not requires addition zeroing;
  • Red-dot sight attaching point (additional aiming tool);
  • Connection of an additional power-supply unit (optional);
  • Connection of wireless accessories:
    • IR&D remote control and alert unit (wristband) (optional);
    • IR&D meteorological station with atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity sensor (optional);
    • Helmet-mounted monitors (optional);
    • Bluetooth-headset for voice guidance about operating modes and results of calculations (optional);
  • Target designator;
  • «Friend-or-foe» system (optional);
  • Rangefinder hunting detector (optional);
  • Photo and video recording with telemetric information overlaying; (built-in 4 GB memory);
  • Automatic video recording by event: «shot», «detection by motion detector» with capability to set recording time frame before and after event;
  • WI-FI video streaming
  • Matching of a recorded photo and video to the digital terrain map (geotagging);
  • Adjustment and operating of the device by using of PC, smartphone, tablet PC and special software;
  • Database backup to the built-in device’s memory ;
  • Ability of independent software update from the manufacturer site (developing of new functions and software);
  • Ability of finish writing and creation of a new functionality by technical specifications of a customer;
  • English, German, French and Spanish interface. Ability of any language support by the customer’s request (optional) is provided
  • On-line service, advisory support and training, twenty-four-hour support for the customers.