Military



Courtesy of Inframetrics and Mitsubishi Electronics

(Top or left) False-color infrared view of an F-14 fighter jet. The hottest areas are depicted in yellow and red, and clearly reveal the high temperatures of the jet engines. (Bottom or right) An infrared image showing the location of two buried anti-tank mines buried in a dirt road. Since the metal used to fabricate the mines (two circular hot spots) is a good thermal conductor, they retain heat absorbed from the daytime sun, and hence are revealed in an IR photo.


The military has used infrared imaging since World War II to enable soldiers to "see" in the dark. During the 1991 Gulf War, thermal imaging technology helped military forces successfully carry out their missions in the dark of night. The military services use thermal infrared sensors to locate and track targets, for weapons guidance and for gathering intelligence. Infrared images are also used to detect hidden land mines, and in early warning systems.



Courtesy of Sierra Pacific Infrared


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