Budd Light

A device designed by Budd Croley of the US Army Matériel Command to decrease ‘friendly fire’ causualties. It consists of a pulsed IR beacon visible by night-vision goggles and used for vehicular and personnel identification and for marking obstacles, passage points, helipads, and minefields. It can be attached to vehicles or carried by individual soldiers as a command and control device when operating at night, to signal air support, or give a location of friendly troops
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The small, lightweight BUDD Light used as a vehicle-marking system, was also carried by an individual soldier for dismounted applications.
The Budd Light is still available for those units that wish to use it in a deployment, but the idea of mounting or worse, wearing, a beaconing light in these days of increasing NVG availability (there are now commercial camcorders available with crude night-vision capability) is one that would undoubtedly be unpopular with troops, regardless of the actual fielded capability of an enemy army.
The BUDD Light had seen use in special operations and aviation missions and was quickly expanded for use as a vehicle-marking system in Desert Storm.
Although conceptually the same as the BUDD light, the DARPA light was considerably larger, allowed control of the focal plane and was more intense, making it easier to see from the air.
Two years after the end of Operation Desert Storm, the AMC has performed extensive user evaluation of the BUDD light based on its experience in the Gulf, said Bird.