“There is a clear requirement for thermal targets to support the training and development of combat forces. Conventional targets cannot be seen through TI (Thermal Imager) systems as demonstrated below.
The versatility of the ThermBright range of targets can be used for all types of surveillance and target acquisition (STA) systems including image intensifiers and thermal imagers.
ThermBright is the simplest and most cost effective way of providing thermal targets for weaponry using thermal sights.
Below: ThermBright Left vs Conventional Right normal and thermal views.
ThermBrightTM Thermal Targets require no power, batteries, or cables to operate because they have “natural thermal contrast properties”. ThermBrightTM Targets provide a strong contrast image by using reflected energy and radiation from space. The thermal contrast effect is immediate, and the targets work night and day, in all weather conditions.
Since ThermBrightTM thermal targets are unpowered, training exercises will not be interrupted by dead batteries or unexpected severed cables due to munitions damage. Targets can be easily placed in remote areas. No need for batteries, mains or portable power supply. The simple concept of ThermBrightTM permits the user to maximize their range-time.
ThermBrightTM Targets provide a more detailed view than conventional heated targets and have been proven to be more resilient to small arms fire than heated targets. Specific shapes (Including 3D thermal targets) can be achieved to simulate different types of targets resulting in a more realistic live-fire experience. The targets can be used with all types of surveillance and target acquisition (STA) systems including image intensifiers and thermal imagers.”
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I was recently made aware of the ThermBright products that have been developed for our military and law enforcement officers. It's really fascinating technology that allows the troops to train using their thermal imaging devices.
Conventional targets do not show up in low or no light situations and heated targets that emit a thermal image are expensive and can be unreliable due to battery or other failure at a critical time.
ThermBright targets use a passive (no batteries) system that is both reliable and reasonably priced. They work day and night, with overcast clouds and in rain and snow.
They are also available in a myriad of configurations ranging from individuals to tanks and they will take around 2000 hits before degrading thermally.
Since the ThermBright target has an adhesive backing, all that's needed is a backing surface, I used a large cardboard box, that can be tilted backward by about 10º to allow it to reflect the cold energy of space to the thermal imager.
I contacted one of my law enforcement friends and asked if he and some of the officers of his department would like to participate in an evaluation of this new product. He made the necessary arrangements and we were ready to see just how well the ThermBright would work in the field in some real-life situations.
These officers are equipped with thermal imaging devices in several configurations as well as .223 rifles for low light and no light work and are fairly typical for a modern law enforcement agency.
A confrontation with an armed “bad guy” at night is a situation that no law enforcement officer wants to encounter of course but being prepared and training as realistically as possible is necessary.
So a visit to the range on a very dark night was required. That was pretty easy but it so happened that dark night also turned out to be a very cold night. That would seem to put the thermal part of this target to a real test. We already had the ThermBright mounted on the large box and used a wooden block to lean in backwards a bit more than the 10º required.
With the thermal imaging devices turned on it was very easy to see that the ThermBright works. I could clearly see the “bad guy” on the target. With the device off, there was no image whatsoever. All that was left was to see the effect on the target when it was shot.
We all know that everyone including law enforcement is being careful with training rounds today and firing 2000 rounds to see if the ThermBright would hold up to that amount of fire was just not going to happen, at least in one session at the range. It was however possible to allow several officers to fire 10 or more rounds. There was no visible effect on the target at all form this volume of hits and since I left the ThermBright with them, they can continue to use it for the next several months as a part of their range time and let me know just when it is no longer effective.
I understand that at this point you may be a bit puzzled about my review of a product that is primarily designed for military and law enforcement use. First of all, I'm always fascinated by new shooting technology products. Secondly, I wanted to see if this product really worked as advertised.
Lastly, I always want the good guys to be as well equipped as possible and to be able to train as much as possible to make sure they come home safely at the end of each shift. In this time of reduced training budgets, I wanted some of the folks that I know to be aware of this new product that might allow them to train more often with their thermal imaging devices and at lesser cost to their department.
I believe that's what this test accomplished. If you have an interest in doing the same thing, you can use the contact information to let your local department know about the ThermBright and other products from Range Systems.
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