'I was very impressed with the quality of the targetry, it really stood up to a larger number of rounds hitting it and didn't seem to be effected by it. Overall I was very happy with the quality of the picture and how the targetry worked. It should be required on every range as it really adds to the realism!'
'Many thanks for your very prompt and efficent service. Much appreciated by all in Flight Ops'
The US Army are currently trialing a new range of ThermBright Targets at the Hawaiian Training Range. They were pleased to report that the 'Humvee frontal was more realistic than real Humvee on range'
"The thermal targets worked well in all conditions, through fog, rain,darkness and in both hot and cold weather. We were able to observe them through various thermal sights up to the limit of our line of sight on the range about 2500m. They were consistently useful in the changing weather conditions and after 2 weeks of daily automatic weapon fire, they were not significantly affected by the volume of fire we put through them. I don't think there's anything more I could ask from the Thermbright silhouettes. They far exceeded my expectations in every facet of their use. In fact, we still have a number of them and will continue to use them in the coming months."
The targets we purchased have been a great addition to our training items. We have had great success with these and the ability to not have to carry around batteries for power is a huge plus for our shooters.
"The target that you sent me was great. I used it numerous times and the quality that we got from it is unmatched for anything that I have tried that is non battery operated and they greatly enhanced training"
To be honest I was holding off the initial test as I wanted to abuse the kit somewhat (leave out in the rain/wind/dust etc) for a week or so to see how it would fare being treated as it would during a live fire package. I tested using TOGS.BGTI, Panther, and Sophie. I have to say, I was impressed.
Took 40 targets out, easy to roll up and fit in Bergen rucksack. Targets used to check zero at 25m by day, confirmation shoot at 100m by night, then at 500m for fire and manoeuvre shoot from vehicles. The targets greatly enhanced our training, being lightweight, easy to transport and robust.
The shoot went very well, the firing platforms were wheeled reconnaissance 10RC tanks, targets were located at 1800M and acquisition was quick & positive for all crews.
I just came from a quick meeting with some users who are evaluating our targets. They are very pleased with its capabilities so far and will be developing their requirement further.
A bank of three standard fig 11 targets front and top were used for Javelin Missile engagement. All were engaged in the direct attack mode between 700m and 1850m. All five missiles hit with good track gate solution. This design of target should be standard and could be tied to any scenario where an insurgent enemy representation was required, for example mortar team, or IED laying team was required.
The meeting went well, the tankies were blown away by how potentially cheap the targets are.
They worked extremely well and people were suitably impressed.
They are very satisfied with these targets.