Lightsticks for the Army

L’utilisation des produits Cyalume – qu’ils soient employés lors d’entrainement ou sur le théâtre d’opérations – est définie et décrite dans de nombreuses doctrines ou protocoles, procédures militaires propres à chaque pays ou organisation type OTAN.

Ainsi les bâtons lumineux ChemLight et autres produits Cyalume sont utilisés des millions de fois chaque année par les plus grandes forces armées du monde et répondent aux exigences du combattant. Ils font partie intégrante de l’équipement de base d’un soldat.

Grâce à leur simplicité d’utilisation, leur autonomie, leur légèreté et leur rapidité de mise en œuvre, les bâtons lumineux de différentes couleurs et en infrarouge peuvent répondre aux besoins variés sur le terrain

Cyalume used for training

Les bâtons Cyalume sont utilisés pour l’entrainement des soldats sur le champ de bataille et en zones urbaines. Ils sont déployés en tant qu’éclairage de protection individuelle ou collective.

On choisit un balisage infra-rouge ou rouge/vert pour identifier un champ de tir lors d’exercices de tir de nuit.

Les supports naturels, obstacles et équipements sur le terrain peuvent également être marqués par les produits Cyalume.

Les bandes en rouleaux et en patch façon nid d’abeilles CyFlect qui ont des propriétés rétro-réfléchissantes et photoluminescentes sont également utilisées pour identifier des personnels lors d’entrainement ou lors d’opérations de combat. Elles se présentent sous forme de ceintures (PT-Belt en différentes couleurs) ou sous forme de bandes à découper, à coller ou à coudre.

Les ceintures peuvent être utiles pour marquer les soldats lors de marches et courses de nuit.

Cyalume used for IFF (Identification Friend or Foe)

Associés à l’utilisation d’appareils de vision nocturne les bâtons infrarouges Cyalume ainsi que les bandes et patchs infrarouges aident au repérage et à l’identification des combattants en terrain ennemi.

Parce que les unités sont mieux identifiées à l’aide de bâtons ou encore de patchs IR, les risques de tirs fratricides sont nettement diminués. En situation de visibilité limitée, les bâtons Cyalume permettent un marquage du personnel lors des assauts afin de prévenir le tir fratricide.

D’autres produits émanant de la gamme CyFlect (produits rétro-réfléchissants et photoluminescents) permettent également d’identifier les combattants. Il s’agit de patchs de lettres ou chiffres rétro-réfléchissants et photoluminescents à apposer sur les casques ou sur les uniformes au niveau des épaules. Ces patchs sont à coudre ou à fixer à l’aide de velcro.

Des drapeaux et autres insignes sont également disponibles sous forme de patchs qui réfléchissent uniquement à une source infrarouge. Ils sont disponibles en version brillante et matte.

Lightsticks for health and survival – Medical triage


Cyalume lightsticks can be used for marking out routes, or zones and are also useful in preparing for emergency signaling for sanitary evacuations (EVASAN) ou medical evacuations (MEDEVAC).

  • Emergency medical triage: use Flexbands, LightShape or VisiPad products to identify the various categories to be evacuated and give ambulance operators information (visible or IR).
  • Emergency lighting in field hospitals: affix LightShape circular markers or VisiPad rectangular markers to the tent entry flaps and use 40cm white lightsticks in the operating areas when there is a power cut; use the SEE Systems for fixed sites.

Lightsticks for logistics and vehicle convoy marking

Les bâtons Cyalume peuvent être utilisés pour la lecture de carte de façon discrète comme par exemple avec l’emploi d’un Mini accroché au bout de l’index ou encore avec des ChemLight 15cm fixés sur une base magnétique. Les bâtons Cyalume servent aussi à l’identification par codes couleur des unités en manœuvres ainsi qu’à l’identification de présence au sol de campements (visibilité par les engins blindés –sécurité des hommes).

L’utilisation d’un étui kaki directionnel permet également de contrôler la quantité de lumière émise par le bâton en diffusant tout ou partie de sa surface lumineuse.

Lors de déplacements tactiques en convois, les marqueurs circulaires (Lightshape) ou rectangulaires (VisiPad) peuvent servir à marquer des véhicules en utilisant le code couleur approprié lors de convois. Les bâtons servent à baliser les itinéraires pour garantir la sécurité du convoi.

  • Marquage de l’itinéraire/marquage d’un point critique: tournants identifiés par un code couleur, défilés, points de réapprovisionnement en carburant et entretiens mécaniques, points de rassemblement sur l’itinéraire, indication à distance d’un point de ralliement > La Police militaire US utilise la lumière rouge pour diriger de nuit les convois jusqu’à leur point de ralliement.
  • Guidage des engins: Les bâtons 15, 25 ou 40 cm utilisés avec des poignées directionnelles optimisent la visibilité à distance de nuit.
  • Marquage des unités et du leader: Placer les bâtons au sommet des antennes, sur les véhicules avec les bases magnétiques ou sur les remorques, identification par un code couleur des différents types de véhicules (citernes).

Cyalume for illumination of the battlefield, emergency plans, building markings

Cyalume lightsticks are used in the theater of operations to illuminate the battlefield, to identify the zones and codify the advancing of the troops. The more intensely a zone is marked, lighted and illuminated, the easier identification will be and troop progress will be facilitated. This becomes increasingly important during fighting in urban areas.

For battlefield marking, Non-IMPACT 40cm visible lightsticks are often used to mark out the left and right limits of the field of fire.

Cyalume lightsticks are often used for emergency signaling in hostile areas. They are practical and easy to use for marking out zones or routes for emergency evacuation. The various available colors can also provide a means of codifying markings in the dark (red = dangerous area/green = clear area).

SOS distress signals can be used as an emergency evacuation signal. This consists of discrete progression position signals indicating an advance in hostile terrain. It replaces the need for a radio signal or a signal flare to indicate a position. It leaves no evidence on the ground and offers greater discretion. It is particularly practical for marking out an area to prepare for evacuation at night or by air.

Cyalume lightsticks are also used for the following artillery applications:

  • Identification on impact on the ground of a zone to be explored.
  • Assisting with progression visibility in areas affected by smoke (the product are still visible behind a smokescreen), or in demolished areas.
  • In the Impact auto-activating version, enables intervention forces to find their way through a dark room to locate an immediate hazard (street fighting) without any risk of explosion.

The products in the CyFlect range are also used for marking out corridors, stairs, emergency exits or various parts of the soldier’s equipment (helmet, shield …)

Regulation marking of buildings with lightsticks

For outdoor markings, there is a regulation marking system relating to building surveillance, underground progression (training for fighting in urban zones).

A badge pre-placed at the entry of a zone to be controlled is activated on exit from it. The color code will indicate the type of monitoring:

  • red marking: for a building under surveillance, the red color must appear as a mandatory point of entry.
  • green marking: for a surveilled building which has been inspected.
  • blue marking: to indicate the presence of a trap or an obstacle in the building.
  • yellow marking: to indicate that sanitary evacuation (EVASAN) or medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) is required for somebody injured in the building.

Color combinations are also possible except for red and green which cannot be combined.

For these different types of marking, Cyalume lightsticks in various sizes can be used, as well as lighted patches / markers whether circular (LightShape) or rectangular(VisiPad). The advantage of these patches is that they can be written on using a permanent marker. The color marking can be completed by an interior marking indicating a Point of Entry, Cleared room, Prisoner of war point, Injured person point, EVASAN required, Trap, Munitions and/or obstacle in the room, engineer required.

Cyalume sticks for identification of devices and persons

Visible and infrared lightsticks can be used to define a color code for tank firing, to mark the end of tank firing, and to denote tanks that are unable to fire (jammed weapon).

Cyalume light sticks can be used for identifying personnel having color codes identifying safety officers, tank commanding officers, specific missions on practice operations, medical personnel etc…

Cyalume products are also used for identifying firing stages. A color code is used to identify: towers, ambulances, ammunition storage, spent ammunition, briefing points, visitor tents, latrines …

Lightsticks used for marking points of passage/fording

  • Night signals used as semaphore.
  • Construction of a bridge: Attach a Personnel Marker Light (PML) to save the lives of men engaged in this action.
  • Bridge / crossing: For faster crossing identification at the center, on the left and on the right by color code on the bridge or on the bank.
  • Display of antenna cable array at night by attaching a 15cm light stick or a VisiPad marker to it.
  • Obstacle marking: marking up checked out obstacles, obstacles marked visibly or by IR.
  • Identification of the presence of mines on the ground during progression.
  • Marking of barbed wire: Use Flexbands to avoid soldiers on exercise injuring themselves.
  • Refueling a vehicle in the dark, without any danger.

Light sticks used for United Nations peacekeeping

To identify the blue berets, a variety of blue Cyalume 15cm and 40cm lightsticks are used to mark the personnel, equipment or checkpoints.

Cyalume lightsticks are also used for marking mines and dangerous zones to avoid accidents. The perimeters of dangerous zones are marked with chemiluminescent lights in this instance.

Use of Cyalume sticks to deal with NRBC risks

During operations in an NRBC environment, Flexbands which are pliable, rugged and non-toxic are used in the visible and infrared versions to mark personnel or fixed supports.

Target marking

Several Cyalume products are recommended and in great demand to mark targets during night firing.

  • VisiPad rectangular or Lightshape circular adhesive patches in the infrared version can be attached easily to a target. They can be used with ease and speed. Several IR patches can be used to define the contour of a target. If the patch is hit by a round, it continues to operate. It is also possible to place several IR patches behind the target to create a halo of light.
  • Cyalume 6’’ (15cm) or 15’’ (40cm) lightsticks placed directly below and in front of the target are also used. They can be implemented quickly and easily.
  • Reflective infrared bands on the target can be set out to mark the contour of the target. These bands support being hit by rounds without their properties and effect suffering.

Cyalume lightstick applications for artillery

  • For target illumination a lightstick can be attached to a target at night to ensure visibility.
  • To facilitate vision, a Cyalume 4, 5 or 8 cm lightstick is attached to the view of the target to ensure the right azimuth.
  • To illuminate a firing center, a 40 cm lightstick can be used if there is an inadvertent power cut.
  • To identify the units or a leader, a color code can be attached to the back of a helmet by means of a mini lightstick (visible or IR).
  • For the lighting of a command post (CP), the Cyalume lightstick can be used as a temporary source of lighting to avoid having to use generators constantly (with 40cm white or yellow lightsticks).
  • For any type of signal during firing practice, a variety of sizes, shapes and colors from the Cyalume range do the job.

Other examples of how to use Cyalume lightsticks coming from the U.S. Army doctrine

  • Rallying points: Chemlights are used for night marches or in low visibility conditions by guides leading troops to rallying points. Guides of subunits using a color code therefore locate each other with sections / squads, helping them to prepare the rallying zones. Men, vehicles, teams or positions of units are identified by Cyalume lightsticks.
  • As suggested in the field manual: officers ensure that guides on the ground have flashlights with colored lenses or Cyalume lightsticks for use in the dark. Cyalume lightsticks can be used to mark out equipment locations in rallying zones.
  • Rallying zones: to facilitate movements to a rallying zone, the access routes from the rallying point to the grouping zone are clearly indicated by Cyalume lightsticks, in the same way as the entry and exit zones.
  • Night positions of mortar squads represent specific issues regarding command and control. Limited visibility makes almost any task difficult. Cyalume lightsticks are particularly useful and their employment must be standardized and controlled by a procedure put in place on the spot.