Hostile targets don’t remain stationary for long if they have any desire to keep their freedom and stay alive. They move in aircraft, cars, boats and on foot, constantly endeavoring to dodge surveillance and the crosshairs of those committed to battling them. Their pursuers suffer several disadvantages in the chase, namely that observation and target identification become difficult, as the optics intended for such purposes don’t perform well when subjected to the movement of a vehicle on an unpaved roadway, a vessel rising and falling with the waves, or a helicopter hovering in the sky. An option exists to regain the edge, however, in the form of the Gyro-Stabilized Monolite monocular, an optic that’s gained the attention of every branch of the U.S. armed forces and many domestic law enforcement agencies.
Developed and produced by Fraser Optics, a defense company based in Warminster, Pennsylvania, the 14x40mm Gyro-Stabilized Monolite is the first optic of its kind, an advanced electro-optical monocular purpose-built for long-range observation from unstable platforms. Using a gyro-stabilization technology known as Stedi-Eye, the Monolite corrects up to 98 percent of image motion as seen through its lens and suffers few of the negative effects expected of traditional optics. The system functions by using the angular momentum generated by a gyro to compensate for movement of the optical housing. In other words, when the housing moves in one direction, the gyro mechanism moves in the opposite direction to reorient the optic’s internal prisms and stabilize the image transmitted to the eye. This stabilization technique happens in real time, as opposed to electronic stabilization, and corrects pitch and roll motion within 8 degrees without delay.
The mechanics of the Monolite may read as complicated, but to the end-user, they mean simply that a stable image can be seen through the glass regardless of what’s happening underfoot. With the Monolite, maintaining view of a target from the cab of a Humvee bouncing along on a mountain path or from the pilothouse of a patrol vessel crashing through choppy seas becomes a possibility. The frustrations of trying to find and observe a target in these environments only to reorient every time the optic is jostled are gone. For those unaccustomed to working in such conditions, be sure that the capability will be appreciated by those who routinely do…