Nicholas Ripplinger, founder and president of Dayton-based Battle Sight Technologies, holding a CrayTac, a reusable glow stick that warfighters and emergency responders can use for covert communication. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF

Dayton battlefield innovator inks global distribution pact

Battle Sight Technologies, LLC, has signed an agreement with Steiner eOptics, of Miamisburg, for the international sales and distribution of Battle Sight’s “CrayTac” infrared marking devices.

“We are thrilled to partner with Steiner and the global family of brands at Beretta Holding,” Battle Sight President Nicholas Ripplinger said in an announcement Wednesday. “As one of the largest suppliers of military equipment and night vision technology in the world, their knowledge and access to international markets and buyers provides a significant advantage as Battle Sight expands internationally.”

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Battle Sight debuted its infrared tactical crayon — which the company calls the world’s only reusable infrared writing appliance — last year, winning a 2018 Soin Award for Innovation, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s top annual award for local business innovation.

The device lets warfighters and operators covertly write in low-light and no-light situations to ensure effective communication with allies.

“The CrayTac is an exciting extension of infrared capability on the battlefield, and it complements our cutting-edge night vision technologies,” Dan Barnes, general manager of Steiner eOptics, said in the Battle Sight release.

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The agreement with Steiner covers sales and distribution to entities outside the United States. Battle Sight itself will continue to handle U.S. sales.

Steiner eOptics produces what it calls one of the most advanced night vision devices, the AN/PVS-21, used by U.S. Special Forces and elite fighting units.

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