Army Headset Will Fuse Night Vision And Thermal Imaging Technology

Posted: May 5, 2015 in Tech

In military parlance, the job of a soldier is to find, fix, and finish the enemy. However, this is a bit difficult when the soldier has to fumble with different scopes while keeping eyes on the target. To simplify things, BAE Systems is developing a combination night vision and thermal imaging system that not only allows soldiers to rapidly acquire and engage targets in all weather and lighting, but also to remotely aim their weapons without looking through the sights.

Modern imaging systems have revolutionized warfare. The setting of the sun or a foggy day could once upon a time bring operations to a halt or place an army at a serious tactical disadvantage. But with night vision and thermal imaging, soldiers can operate in the dead of night or in the smoke of battle and accurately identify targets that would have once been invisible.

Unfortunately, soldiers often soon discover that technology can be as much a nuisance as a blessing – as any squaddie weighed down with batteries can tell you. Vision systems are currently a particular problem. US soldiers use night vision goggles for scanning areas and identifying targets, and a thermal sight on their weapons for targeting. Using these systems gives soldiers a huge advantage, but it also means swapping from goggles to sights, which introduces a strong chance of losing track of the target, or at the very least introduces a delay that could be literally fatal in a situation where getting off the first shot can mean the difference between life and death.

Full Story @ [gizmag]

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