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A miniature infrared sight for both weapon-mounted and handheld security applications
Author(s): Joseph Kostrzewa; William A. Terre; Jeff Frank; Roy Malmberg; Larry Switzer; Wayne Antesberger; Gwendolyn Newsome
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Paper Abstract

Thermal weapon sights have been used by the U.S. military for decades. More recently, there has been a growing interest in infrared imagers for paramilitary and civilian applications such as law-enforcement and homeland defense. However, traditional weapon sights are not always ideal products for these applications because they do not typically have form-factor or features allowing them to be readily employed as general-purpose imagers off the weapon. Simply stated, most law-enforcement agencies cannot afford a dedicated sniper scope. Instead, this market demands a thermal imager that can be employed in a variety of situations, both weapon-mounted and handheld. Described herein is a new infrared sight that provides this multi-use capability. Based around the Omega imaging core developed by Indigo Systems, this lightweight system employs a unique housing design that mounts to a weapon rail or tripod or is held comfortably in one hand for use as a short-range “pocket scope”. Key aspects of the design are discussed, with particular focus on ergonomics, human factors, and advanced features that enhance its utility in a multi-use role.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.546746
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Kostrzewa, Indigo Systems/FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
William A. Terre, Indigo Systems/FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
Jeff Frank, Indigo Systems/FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
Roy Malmberg, Indigo Systems/FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
Larry Switzer, Indigo Systems/FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
Wayne Antesberger, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Gwendolyn Newsome, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5406:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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