Snipers are not only highly trained precision marksmen but also skilled in observation and information reporting. They are an important part of the intelligence-gathering network, as are the tools they use to get the job done.
Enter Vectronix, a Switzerland-based manufacturer established in 1921 as Wild Heerbrugg to build high-grade optical and measuring solutions. Today, Vectronix is an industry leader in the field of observation, detection, rangefinding and targeting solutions and systems, with locations in the U.S. in CA, NH and VA. Snipers from many NATO countries use Vectronix solutions and systems as core components to their sniper kits.
The Moskito, one of the company’s newer solutions, is a compact, lightweight, 24-hour-capable, handheld observation/targeting monocular. With the Vector and Pocket Laser Range Finder (PLRF) solutions becoming the gold standard for observation/targeting rangefinders, Vectronix has stepped up its game to produce an even more capable solution. The core of the Moskito is a 5x monocular with an integrated class 1 eye-safe laser rangefinder that can measure a 2.3×2.3-meter target at 10,000 meters (plus or minus 5 meters). The laser wavelength is 1,550 nanometers, making it invisible to night-vision devices. The rangefinder is very fast, taking between 0.4 and 0.9 seconds per measurement, and two CR123A batteries will provide power for over 5,000 measurements.