All of our IR Films are part of the Near, Mid and Far Infrared Science
Near, Mid and Far Infrared (IR) are all part of the electromagnetic spectrum, measuring in wavelengths from .7um to 14um. Near infrared (NIR) is part of the spectrum that includes wavelengths that are seen with a Night Vision device (NVG). Mid and Far IR have wavelengths that are only seen with a Thermal Imaging device. All of the IR Film we use in our identification products, originates in the science of the electromagnetic spectrum.
“The IR Film we use in our identification products originates in the science of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
As a rule “IR” refers to Near Infrared only
As early as WWII, Night Vision Goggles, (NVG’s) were introduced to the military to identify Near IR wavelengths. It was at this time the term “IR” was born. While technology has caught up with the ability to detect Mid and Far infrared, when you hear “IR”, although technically not correct, refers to Near infrared wavelength only. Mid and Far infrared wavelengths are called “thermals” and the cameras used to identify them are thermal imagers.
4 Infrared Films used in our Identification products
You choose the IR Film best for your operation
IR Reflective Film
This film is the base of our Field and Garrison patches.
IR Field – Covert Operations
IR Garrison – Non-Covert Operation
The most popular use of our IR film is in our IR Field patches for covert, stealth operations.
The IR film on this Garrison patch is used for protection at the base or other non-covert operations.
IR film is used on the sides of vehicles for additional “friendly” protection.
Zeroing your weapon is easier with IR film on this training target.
The picture on the left is an example of 2 hybrid US flags, both made with IR refective film.
The patch on the top is an IR Garrison patch, worn for non-covert operations. The bottom patch is an IR FIeld patch, worn for covert operations.
White light will reflect off of the Garrison patch while the Field patch remains hidden for more stealth operations. Read more about the differences.
Both patches can be seen with a Night Vision device.
IR Reflective Film – Covert
The most popular use of our IR film is on our IR Field patches for covert, stealth operations.
IR Reflective Film – Non-Covert
Thermal Film Technology
Thermal Films are Rapidly Advancing
Mid wavelengths and Far wavelengths consist of energy which is naturally emitted by all things, organic and nonorganic, living and dead, all of which are at a temperature above absolute zero (-273C). This reflective energy bounces off thermal film in the same way light reflects off a mirror.
We have taken this science to enhance our soldier’s and policemen’s ability to identify each other and prevent friendly fire, strengthen search and rescue missions, and boost unit morale.
Thermal Film for Personal ID
As we see an uptick in the use of NVG’s in the hands of our enemies, the use of Thermal film for personal identification is becoming more and more desirable.
Thermal films are viewed with a thermal imager (FLIR) and will appear dark or “cold”, a black and white contrast. Unlike an NVG, no illuminator is necessary to identify the personnel wearing the thermal patch or panel, which is ideal in maintaining a covert position. The patch or panel can be seen through sand, smoke and fog making it an excellent deterrent against friendly fire casualties.
The use of thermal technology for personal ID’s is rapidly advancing not only an option to IR identification but as a viable alternative.
Thermal Film on Vehicles
We are often asked, ”What can be done to identify personnel on the ground from the air?”
By marking vehicles on the ground with thermal film, airborne personnel, using a thermal camera, have the ability to see who is where.
Markers come in numbers, letters, and shapes are placed on the roof/hood of the vehicles enabling a greater command and control from the air. The thermal film marker reflects the cold sky, much like a mirror reflects light, and appears dark to the thermal camera. The personnel viewing the thermal film can easily detect the location and identity of the vehicle.
Thermal Film for Target Training
Thermal films bring many advantages to target training.
Traditional target training requires the use of electricity, but with Thermal film targets, assembly takes only a few minutes and requires no power!
Thermal Film targets are:
- Easy to use
- Low cost with no need for batteries
- Durable and repairable with pasters
- Flexible and versatile to move around
- Safe from electrocution hazards
Photo-luminescent Film Technology
A Glow in the Dark Identification Patch
Photo-luminescent film absorbs light in the visible and ultraviolet wavelengths and releases this light in a blue-green glow. In another words, the sun or electric light source will charge the film and it will glow in the dark!
No advanced equipment is needed to view the patch and a fully charged film can be seen with the naked eye for up to 8 hours.
This picture shows a US flag patch made with the Photo-luminescent film, fully charged.
This film is not recommended for covert operations although it can be seen by a Night Vision device.