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microgeorge Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2023 1:06 p.m. PST

Does anyone have a good source about the evolution of infrared and thermal sights and their respective capabilities?

Thresher0113 Mar 2023 1:43 p.m. PST

Hmmmm, evolution dates back to WWII Germany.

US and Brits also toyed with them, IIRC.

Germans actually fielded them on their operational aircraft and tanks in WWII. Not sure about the allies I think pretty much post-WWII for them, IIRC, at least operationally.

Some data on-line Wikipedia for NATO and Soviet vehicles and capabilities.

Tank thermal ranges during most of the Cold War (up to about early to mid-1980s) seem to be limited to about 1,500m range, or so.

US M-1 tanks significantly improved that capability (M60A3 too).

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2023 6:35 p.m. PST

That all pretty much sounds about right Thresher …

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