CHARON GL world’s first innovational thermal sight system, designed for operating on small arms with mounted rifle-attached grenade launcher in “rifle” or “grenade” sight mode.

Unique multifunctional automated complex provides detection of thermal contrast targets at any time of a day, rain, fog, dust storm and in other adverse weather conditions and at the same time realizes functions of:

  • rifle thermal sight with automatic ballistics up to 1200m;
  • grenade thermal sight with automatic ballistics up to 700m;
  • electronic collimator with wide field of view;
  • surveillance reconnaissance device and rangefinder.

System provide an ability of rotary aimed shooting of rifle or rifle-attached grenade launcher. Shots of rifle-attached grenade launcher performed as direct aiming  (flat and curved trajectory) and as half aiming (curved trajectory), including masked position without direct vision of the target (by target coordinates and selected objects on integrated digital map).

CHARON GL is a modern hi-tech element base of the electronics block and advanced functional capabilities in one device.: Thermal sensor,  Linux OS based computer, ballistic calculator, GPS module, 3-axis gyroscope and G meter, electronic compass, remote control interfaces , communication and data transfer interfaces are integrated in waterproof and shockproof aluminum-magnesium alloy case. In basic configuration complex is equipped with high-selective laser rangefinder, operation modes: through translucent barrier, in fog, dust storm and other adverse weather conditions at distances range from 6 to 2000 meters.

Optionally complex is equipped with:

  • IR&D Windmaster meteostation with ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensors (without wind vane and impeller), pressure sensor, air temperature and humidity;
  • iOS / Android application for smartphone or tablet for target coordinates calculation and its displaying at the electronic map (option);

CHARON GL equipped with quick detachable «flipping» bracket for mounting on a rifle , equipped with MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny pad. Special bracket constructively provides transformation from «rifle sight» into the «grenade sight» within 1-2 seconds without any additional tools. For system transformation into the «grenade sight», it’s enough to press the latchand reject mounting rail of the sight in the transversal direction on 90° leftward until fixation by the latch. Built-in bracket sensors automatically detect sight position and activate grenade mode. To set the necessary elevation angle for grenade launcher barrel, there is a distances scale at the plate of the sight ramp, fixation of the sight at the proper angle is performed by the mechanism «ratchet». Construction of the moving parts of transformer-mount is free from slack and holds heavy loads of grenade launches of the rifle-attached grenade launcher without degradation of accuracy.

CHARON GL is easy-operating device where the entire process from preparation to the shot is completely automated. Sensitive sensor easily detects camouflaged target at any time of the day, and laser rangefinder steadily measures target range in the most adverse weather conditions: snow, rain, fog, dust storm, high humidity or heat. System stores ballistic zeroing data of 24 bullet types for each of 8 rifles and 16 types of grenades for rifle-attached grenade launcher. Ballistic calculator automatically moves reticle according to target range, elevation angle, elevation angle  of grenade launcher barrel, ballistic data of the ammunition, atmospheric conditions (temperature, pressure, humidity), derivation, direction and wind strength.

CHARON GL – is a performance, efficiency and capability, correspondence to the strictest standards and demands of military men, progressive solutions, destined to give the undeniable advantage for achievement of desired goals. You only need to focus on the target and press pull-off.

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 / yd for 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 +, atmospheric parameters are entered manually or with a weather station
Selection of a rifle zeroing distance (10 – 300 m) +
Selection of a reticle type and brightness +
Data base for 12 types of grenades +
Maximum shooting range in the grenade-launcher mode, m/yd 700 / 766
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 +
Sensor of automatic switch between rifle and grenade-launcher modes +
Physical parameters
Operating temperature range -45°C … +65°C
Ingress protection rating (Waterproof) IP66
Housing material Aluminum-magnesium alloy
Dimensions, mm 237,5 x 98,4 x 84
Weight (without batteries), g 197

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  • IR&D high-selective rangefinder operation modes: through translucent barrier, in fog, dust storm and other adverse weather conditions at distances range from 6 to 2000 meters;
  • Built-in GPS module and electronic compass;
  • Built-in sensors: shot, rest, tilt angle, elevation angle, free fall, eye, 3 axis gyroscope and G meter;
  • Automatic calculation of bullet’s exterior ballistics at the distance up to 1200 meters (rifle sight mode);
  • Automatic calculation of grenade’s exterior ballistics at the distance 700m (grenade sight mode);
  • Shooting by using of the reticle center – auto correction of reticle position considering:
    • Target range;
    • Elevation angle;
    • Atmospheric pressure, temperature and air humidity;
    • Ballistic data of the bullet (grenade);
    • Wind strength and direction;
    • Derivation;
  • Innovation aiming mode, which provide 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, provides he shooter by the indication at the screen or sound notification to Bluetooth headset and vibration of IR&D remote control (wristband)(security alert);
  • Target size measurement function – after target range or target range input, at any zoom, and by using of graphic ruler, provides an opportunity of visually determination of linear target dimensions with high accuracy and without mathematical calculations;
  • Automatic target size measurement function – provides an opportunity of high accuracy determination of linear dimensions of a thermal target through the process of range measuring by the rangefinder;
  • Front Focus software modeling – reticle scales synchronously with target at zoom changing, which provides by using of the reticle MIL/MOA:
    • set corrections when aiming-off at a moving target;
    • determine distance to a target knowing target’s angular dimensions o (without using of the rangefinder);
    • determine target dimension at known distance;
  • Thermal collimator mode for snap-shooting in a wide field of view;
  • PIP (picture in picture) provides comfort aiming at any zoom and at the same time to control all the field of view at the panoramic view screen (electronic collimator);
  • iOS / Android smartphone or tablet application for the target location calculation and its displaying at the electronic map (option);
  • Aiming mode at defiled positions without direct target vision (by the target coordinates and selected objects at the integrated electronic map);
  • Automatic calculation of target coordinates (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 maximal zoom);
  • Counting of number of shots for each ammunition;
  • Ballistic database and information of zeroing of 16 types of grenades;
  • Ballistic database and information about zeroing 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 profile most suitable to the firing conditions (time of day, weather, landscape);
  • Special quick detachable bracket-transformer for mounting onto the gun, equipped by the MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny pad;
  • Own-produced brackets have patented design, provide repeatability of installation to a rifle as part of the system and do not requires addition zeroing (optional);
  • Red-dot sight attaching point (additional aiming tool);
  • External power supply unit (option);
  • Connection of the wireless accessories via telemetric radio channel:
    • IR&D remote control (option);
    • IR&D Windmaster meteo station with ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensors (without vane or impellor), pressure sensor, air temperature and humidity (option);
    • Kestrel meteorological station (option);
    • Bluetooth-headset for voice guidance about operating modes and calculation results (option);
    • Helmet-mounted monitors (option);
  • Target designator (option);
  • «Friend-or-foe» system (option);
  • Rangefinders hunting detector (option);
  • Photo and video recording with telemetric information overlaying (internal memory 4 GB );
  • Automatic video recording by event: «shot», «motion detector» with capability to set recording time frame before and after event;
  • Automatic photo recording at the shot;
  • Video streaming with telemetric information overlaying via WI-FI to smartphones and tablets (iOS / Android);
  • Matching of recorded photo and video to the digital terrain map (geotagging);
  • Adjustment and operation of the device by using of IR&D Software application for smartphones and tablets (iOS / Android);
  • Database backup to the internal memory of the device;
  • Ability of independent software update from the manufacturer site (developing of new functions and software);
  • Ability to finish writing and creation of a new functionality by technical specifications of a customer;
  • English, German, French and Spanish interface support. Ability of any language support by the customer’s request is provided(optional);
  • Online service, advisory support and training, twenty-four-hour support for the customers.