From: Cologne, Germany
Night vision equipment was not universal - some militaries were rather late implementing anything - the Israelis were one of the slower adopters, while the Soviet equipment they fought had early IR equipment from the very start ((very) short range passive IR, medium range Active IR using a searchlight illuminator).
Correct. During the Yom-Kippur war (1973), the Israeli tanks did not have night vision, but the Russian tanks did have such devices. In night raids, Israeli tank commanders had to find "sleeping" Syrian tanks by the sound of their engines (on idle) ... and they did.
But night vision EQ was employed earlier than some people may think: The Russian T-54A received night vision for the driver seat as early as around 1954. The system consisted of 1 infrared driver periscope and one IR headlight.
The T-54B (which entered production in 1957) was designed with L-2 IR search light, TPN IR gunner's sight and IR search light for the commander, in 1955 already. The T-55 came with a full set of night vision fighting equipment right away (production started in 1958).
Early night vision technology was available in the early 90s.
That's not correct, as I outlined above.
Quite contrary, some German tanks (Panther) had been upgraded with the "UHU" 60-cm IR search light, starting in September 1944. Even though the general adoption for use in all Panther tanks was scheduled, the general adoption never materialized and only a couple of missions were conducted using the UHU, most of them in 1945. I would rather think that this first employment of night vision technology would qualify to be designated "early technology". Compared to that, the 90s EQ is top notch high tech stuff.
The first night vision solutions (introduced in 1954) in the Russian T54 tanks would qualify for the "early technology" badge too.
< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 10/11/2011 11:02:59 AM >
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