Star Beacon

Defense and LE Purchasers
To inquire about purchasing this product for defense and/or law enforcement applications, please check with your local Steiner Defense dealer. If unable to find a local dealer please contact us.

The Star Beacon is a thermal combat ID beacon for covertly marking blue force personnel and vehicles. It emits no visible signature and is undetectable by conventional image intensifier-based night vision equipment. The Star beacon has an optical output of approximately 2300 mW in the mid-wave IR band (3 to 5 micron). The beacon emits in a full hemispherical pattern for high visibility by air or ground mounted thermal imaging systems. The emitter head, battery pack, and mount system can be easily configured for use on a helmet, vehicle, MOLLE vest, or pack.


  • Positive ID of blue force assets from both ground and airborne thermal imaging systems
  • 1 km visibility to cooled LWIR imagers – 10 km visibility in MWIR with common imagers
  • Invisible to Gen I, II, and III image intensifiers
  • Neodymium magnets for attachment to vehicles and integral bracket for various attachment options to a helmet, vest, or pack
  • Multiple Star Beacons can be wirelessly synchronized to flash in unison.
  • Battery pack with (6) 123 batteries provides 5 hours of continuous run time.
  • Also runs on external power, 12 to 32 VDC.
  • Full hemispherical emission from the horizon to zenith


MSRPWavelengthMaximum Optical PowereOptics TypeMountOptical DivergenceDetectable Range SWRRun TimeDimensionsBatteryWeightOperating Temperature RangeWaterproof
Contact UsVIS [white] / NIR [880nM]White – 240 Lumens total / 880 nM - 960 mW / 3-4 µm ~ 1,370 mWNIR / SWIRHelmet / Vehicle / MOLLEGreater than hemispherical: 360˚ azimuth x 200˚ elevation5 to 8 km4.5 to 14 hours9.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 3.8 cmCR 123 x 3235 grams / 8.3 ounces-30°C [-22°F] to 60°C [140°F]10 meters for 30 minutes

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