Deciphering Your Friend or Foe IR Patches

This video breaks down your infrared options so you make the correct choice for a safe and successful operation.

Don’t short change yourself. Learning the differences could save a life.


 Friend or Foe IR patches: IR Reflective, Thermal or Photo-luminescent?


What IR protection should I use and when? This a common question from those seeking Friend or Foe protection. Currently,  there are a batch of terms used to describe IFF protection.

IR, Infrared, Glint, Glow Tape, Near Infrared, Far Infrared, Glow in the Dark, Thermal , FLIR, and more!

Because each film is influenced by different factors, it is critical that you wear the correct protection for your specific job. 

IR REFLECTIVE is the most popular IFF film. And there are 2 types of IR reflective film… Field IR and Garrison IR.

Field IR reflective film is used to protect you in a covert operation. This film is black to the naked eye and is detected only by your night vision devices.

Garrison IR Reflective Film is used for your non-covert operations on the base or street patrols. The white film reflects white light and is primarily detected by the naked eye.

Common terms used for IR Reflective film are IR, Infrared,  Glow Tape, Glint Tape, Near Infrared, and Subdued IR.

Thermal Film is a covert IFF film used to distinguish people, animals, or vehicles from its surroundings. This film is detected 24/7 with a Thermal Imaging device.

Other terms used for this film are: IR, Infrared, FLIR, Far Infrared, Reverse polarity, passive, low-e, and low emissivity

Often called “glow in the dark”, Photo-luminescent Film is for your non-covert jobs around the base or street patrols. No advanced equipment is needed because a charged patch is detected by the naked eye for up to 8 hours. 

IR Reflective? Thermal? Photo-luminescent? Grasp the difference and save yourself from a life altering injury.

Your loved ones will be grateful you do!

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Our 3 step process ensures your IR patch is perfect for you.

1. Discovery: We talk and discover what your needs are; including your operation, logo, fabric choices and IR film.

2. Design: Our in-house engineers design your IR patch, after approval it moves to production.

3. Deliver: Your custom laser cut Friend or Foe IR patches arrive in 2-4 weeks.

 The Author

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Since 2006, Tom has been the driving force behind IR.Tools, dedicated to delivering top-notch infrared solutions to the military, law enforcement, and sportsmen communities.

What began with a single infrared patch has blossomed into a comprehensive store featuring hundreds of IFF patches, vehicle IFF, an extensive suite of thermal training targets, and tools for drone pilots.

Beyond his innovative products, Tom is passionate about educating users on infrared technology and showcasing how advancements in IR can enhance their operations.

Tom holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Regents University.

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