Fiberscopes have a variety of military usages including EOD, search of hidden weapons and gear and covert tactical surveillance. In CT, fiberscopes are used for short range intelligence gathering as they allow visibility under doors, through openings such as windows and vents in the ceilings and floors, and even through walls in adjacent rooms (using a drill).

Basic models are made of flexible fiber-optic and eyepiece used by the operator, while modern models also feature adapters for recording and transmitting a video feed (such as a C-Mount for a camera attachment), which can be used for transmitting the combat situation to a CO or a mobile HQ and for post-mission debriefing.

Fiberscopes are offered in a variety of field of views, fiber-optic diameter and fiber-optic length. Most fiberscopes used by the Israeli SF are made by ITI, which is considered as the global leader in this field.

Typical ITI fiberscope seen here with an optional camera adapter. The knob on the fiberscope is used for bending the tip of the fiberscope by rotating the knob, therefore allowing various points of views of the inspected room interior.


PALSAR Golani operator looking in a fiberscope during CT training.

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