Thermal Imaging Rifle Sight Development Program.
ARMY ELECTRONICS COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH N J
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The U.S. Army Armament Command funded the Night Vision Laboratory for the development and test of a Thermal Imaging Rifle Sight having a semi-automatic aiming function. Threshold, search, and firing tests of the 3 micrometers to 5 micrometers system mounted to an M16 rifle were conducted at Fort A. P. Hill, VA. Test data showed average threshold recognition ranges of 811 meters for man targets and 960 meters for large, vehicular targets. Firing tests at 300 meters using man-size targets produced 32 hits with the standard system lens compared to 67 hits with a telephoto lens. The semi-automatic aiming function requires further refinement in order to obtain meaningful test data. Author
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