MCID Beacon

Multi-Spectral Combat Identification Beacon
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The tri-band MCID is a multi-spectral combat ID beacon for covertly marking blue force personnel and vehicles. With a low-profile design, it matches the shape of a helmet for secure attachment and can also be mounted to MOLLE vests, packs or vehicles. Versions are available with mid-wave infrared (MWIR), near infrared (NIR) and short wave infrared (SWIR) or MWIR, NIR and visible (VIS).

  • MWIR detectable at night at ranges up to 5-8 nm by typical aircraft imaging pods
  • Covert ops – thermal and SWIR modes are undetectable by eye, NVGs and commercial cameras
  • Low-profile toggle switches provide individual control of thermal, SWIR and NIR emitters
  • High optical output power – class  I  – eye safe
  • Powered by (3) CR 123 batteries
  • Hemispherical light distribution for visibility from all directions
  • Multiple MCIDs can be synchronized to flash in unison and can be programmed for custom flash patterns and power output

Product Options

Product options listed are available on some models. Please see the specifications chart or contact your BDT representative for specific model details.

MCID Beacon
Legacy ID
Available Spectral Modes
Thermal, SWIR, NIR, Visible
Factory programmable
Multiple MCID Beacons can by synchronized
Helmet shaped, can be mounted to MOLLE or vehicle.
Detection Distance/Range
MWIR up to 8 nautical miles
Battery Life
4.5-14 hours
Battery Power
Three CR123
Thermal Detection Direction
Greater than hemispherical

Specifications subject to change without notice.

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