C2i RAS-R is the result of direct interface and cooperation between war-fighters and SWAT operators and the team at C2i Advanced Technologies. The Con-Op was given to C2i in 2009, by veterans returning from the war-zones. “Give us the capability to engage from cover, to engage more quickly in battle, and do it with minimal impact on motor memory, weight, size, and ease of use.” C2i was in a unique position to tap into existing technologies to get that mission done. Every aspect of RAS-R is a tip-of-spear advance on the foundational technologies brought into play by C2i’s facilitation and direction. All of the technology partners who pushed the state of their art to make RAS-R what it is did so with the same motivation as C2i: Get our fighters an edge that will win a battle, affirmatively. RAS-R has the promise to make this happen.
RAS-R combines three critical technologies to make the solution work so well:
Beam-Splitting: To give the operator the option to aim normally, or use his remote aiming capability without touching the kit, we employ a beampsplitter technology. This specialized glass allows the sight picture to be shared while not impairing normal sight view. The RAS-R Video Capture Unit (VCU) then feeds the shared image through optics to the integral hi-rez camera. The VCU is factory set to a close quarters combat range of 20-50 meters. If longer or closer focus is needed, the unit armorer can adjust it from 20 feet to infinity.
Radio: Once we have the image from the optic and have it sensed by the camera, we need to transmit it to you, the operator, without wires. The radio technology work we have done has been exhaustive and is still active. On today’s RAS-R, we use a commercial 5.8gHz radio that has 8 channels that are tuned and tight banded to eliminate cross-feed from one RAS-R to another.
Display: Perhaps the most challenging of all of the technology advances has been to properly display the captured image to the operator in a way that is reliable, precise, clear and unencumbering. RAS-R does this by using an advanced version of OLED near-to-eye displays (NED). The NED we use in RAS-R is small, mounts easily to eyewear or helmet, and with our patent-pending Red Dot Recovery feature, gives the operator a C2i exclusive: an aiming icon that the system renders bright red, mimicking what the operator would see in a direct aiming position, through the optic directly.