The U.S. Army is allocating $ 16 million for new hand-held binocular-like devices (TLDS, Target Location Designation System, Positioning and Targeting Systems) that combine a day / night digital surveillance device with a zoom, laser rangefinder and laser targeting system. TLDS combines all this equipment in one unit. In addition, a small computer identifies the user and transfers target information to artillery and aviation units. This makes it easier for the spotter of fire on the ground to identify and mark the target and accelerates the destruction of the target by artillery or missiles. Speed is often critical in combat situations and it has a very positive effect on the morale of troops when they know that TLDS will do the job quickly and accurately.
Current systems capable of doing the same are heavy, cumbersome, and difficult to interface with digital communications systems. Due to the fact that electronics continues to become smaller and more powerful, the army is in a hurry to take advantage of new technologies, before they are replaced with obviously superior new technologies. Despite years of cuts in the military budget, things like TLDS are seen as essential new technologies necessary for success in battle.