New FLIR improves gunner accuracy – Tech notes: what’s new in equipment and technology

New FLIR improves gunner accuracy – Tech notes: what’s new in equipment and technology – Brief Article

Daniel Rusin

WHEN soldiers of Company C, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, at Fort Hood, Texas, received M1A2 tanks in September 2002, the Army’s newest forward-looking infrared system was built in.

Called Second-Generation FLIR, it allows gunners to see more clearly and at greater ranges. It also allows the gunner to engage targets in one direction while the tank commander simultaneously looks in all other directions.

The electro-optical components that make up the Second Generation FUR are used in the night-vision systems of the M1A2 Abrams tank, M2A3/M3A3 Bradley fighting vehicle, the LOSAT (line-of-sight antitank) system and the Long-Range Scout Surveillance System, LRAS3, which is currently deployed in Kosovo and Afghanistan.–MAJ Daniel Rusin, Second Generation FLIR

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