L-3 Insight’s Light Weapon Thermal Sight (LWTS) is a handheld and weapon-mounted thermal weapon sight. The thermal imaging capability of the LWTS allows for long wave infrared observation and target identification under adverse conditions including light rain, smoke, light snow, and low light to total darkness. The LWTS utilizes leading edge 17 micron technology in a 640×480 uncooled microbolometer. The high resolution display, combined with state of the art image processing and electronics provide exceptional imagery and long mission run times on a single battery load.
The LWTS is highly versatile, being able to deploy as a stand-alone thermal weapon scope or a clip-on thermal weapon sight in front of an existing day optic. As part of the current USSOCOM contract, the LWTS (AN/PAS-13G(V)1) is designed to integrate with weapon systems outfitted with other SOPMOD optics. It is rated as a short range clip on sight that works best with 1-4x optics such as the Aimpoint M68CCO (Comp M4s) and Trijicon ACOG. When paired with another day optic, the LWTS produces less than 2 MOA shift in point of impact. However, the LWTS can be used alone with its internal reticles. This gives operators extreme nighttime capability when paired with head-mounted night vision goggles.
The LWTS is intended for light weapons utilizing the standard issue 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. The size and weight make it ideal for tactical small arms such as the FN SCAR-MK16/17, M4/M16, SR25, and other 5.56/7.62 platforms.
The LWTS is powered by a removable battery cartridge loaded with four AA batteries. The system comes with a spare cartridge so that batteries can be changed quickly. It is optimized to provide the best image when paired with 4x magnification, but can be used with scopes up to 5-6x without much loss of image fidelity due to its native 640×512 sensor. This high resolution sensor provides incredibly crisp detail and shading for rich images and easier target identification.
Another useful feature is the RS-170 Real Time Video In/Out for remote viewing when attached or detached from a weapon system.
Export of Thermal Imaging Equipment or related accessories (such as manuals) is strictly regulated by the US Department of State in accordance with the guidelines of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It is a major crime to ship or carry US manufactured thermal imaging devices outside the borders of the United States, punishable by fines and prison sentences. Ignorance of these regulations will not hold up in court. By purchasing thermal imaging equipment from Ready Made Resourcs, you attest that you will not attempt to export or carry this thermal imaging equipment outside the borders of the United States. Also, it illegal to allow a non-US Citizen to look through US Thermal Imaging Equipment, even on US soil. Again, this is a crime punishable by fines and prison sentences.