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30 August 2004 A miniature infrared sight for both weapon-mounted and handheld security applications
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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.
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Joseph Kostrzewa, William A. Terre, Jeff Frank, Roy Malmberg, Larry Switzer, Wayne Antesberger, and Gwendolyn Newsome "A miniature infrared sight for both weapon-mounted and handheld security applications", Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004);

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