MOSCOW --- Russian armed forces will receive the individual reconnaissance system Glaz (‘Eye’), a mini device with a high-resolution camera launched from a signal pistol, a source in the national defense industry told TASS on Sunday.
"An individual tactical reconnaissance system Glaz was developed for the Russian army, which a mini-device on a parachute, launched from a signal pistol," the source said. "Russian units in Syria made experimental tests of the device," he said.
A soldier on a battlefield fires a rocket projectile from the signal pistol, which climbs to the height up to 300 meters and ejects the device with the high-resolution camera, the source noted. While the device is descending with the parachute, the camera transmits image to the soldier’s tablet.
"The Glaz system makes it possible to promptly receive photo and video data on emergency occurrence sites or in areas where information acquisition by conventional means is complicated or jeopardizes human life," the source noted. For example, the system is anticipated for use in street fighting, when the adversary is beyond the direct visibility zone.
Glaz undergoes factory tests now, the source said. The weight of the signal pistol for the device launch is not above 400 grams. The length is about 300 mm, the source noted. Image data is transferred in real time, with the area of about 0.5 square kilometers in the camera’s field of vision at the maximum height, he added.