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Introduction

CBC’s IR Tracer ammunition was designed for night operations, granting the combat forces a stealth advantage. The bullet trace is completely invisible to the naked eye and only visible with the use of Night Vision Devices (NVDs).

The technology gives the fighter higher engagement effectiveness since the target visualization is not ofuscated by the halo effect. With the use of a special propellant that virtually eliminates muzzle flash, it allows a tactical upper hand by keeping the shooter´s position unexposed.

The trace performance is achieved due to a special tracer composition that keeps the wave length emission within the IR spectrum, therefore visible only through NVD´s – GEN 3 and beyond.

CBC’s IR Tracer complies with STANAGs 2310 (for the 7.62mm) and 4172 (for the 5.56mm), as well as with NATO (Multi-caliber MOPI Standard). The ballistic trajectories for both 5.56 and 7.62 IR match NATO reference cartridges, making them interchangeable with regular tracers.

INFRARED TRACER

CBC’s IR Tracer ammunition was designed for night operations, granting the combat forces a stealth advantage.

INFRARED TRACER

Advantages

Invisible to the naked eye.

Trace visible from the shooter’s position and only through night-vision devices (NVD’s) – GEN 3 and beyond.

No halo effect, enhancing engagement capability.

Shooters position remains unexposed.

Fully compliant with NATO MOPI requirements.

No weapon modification or conversion kit is required.

Reduced signature

The reduced signature advantage is granted by the special energetic components’ properties, which ensure that the trace remains invisible to the naked eye and with virtually zero muzzle flash.

Footage of CBC's 7.62 IR Tracer testing in cooperation with Brazilian Air Force Black Hawk (UH-60) Helicopter armed with M134 Gatling gun "Minigun".

Halo effect

Differently from the standard tracer ammunition, CBC’s IR Tracer ammunition allows the fighter to clearly see the bullet’s trajectory without super exposing the NVD sensors (image intensifier tube), problem also known as “halo effect” – a bright spot that can be several times bigger than the actual target, partially blocking the shooter’s line of sight, compromising accuracy and combat effectiveness.

Figure 1 - Nato Tracer Halo Effect

Figure 1 - Nato Tracer Halo Effect

Figure 2 - CBC’s IR Tracer Halo Effect

Product qualification

The IR Tracer technology was developed by CBC Global R&D team. The technology endured an extensive array of tests, not only during internal validation phases, but also by independent research institutes, such as the TNO in Holland.
The list of successful tests includes, but is not limited to EPVAT, weapon functioning and casualty on NATO Nominated weapons at +21, +52 and -54 °C, precision, trajectory matching, waterproofness, climatic storage and IR emission spectrum test. Specifically to the IR emission spectrum test, it was shown that only infrared radiation was emitted by the tracer composition and no relevant emission was detected in the visible spectrum (390 to 700nm), which makes CBC’s IR Tracer visible only through night-vision devices (Figure 3).
CBC’s  IR Tracer is a mature technology with the highest Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) classification with a proven sales track records to a select group of Armed Forces Worldwide (Figure 4).

Figure 3 - Calculated SDZ for CBC .50 ball and trace cartridges (RR) – results in meters.

Figure 3 - Calculated SDZ for CBC .50 ball and trace cartridges (RR) – results in meters.

CBC’s IR Tracer is a mature technology with the highest Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) classification with a proven sales track records to a select group of Armed Forces Worldwide (Figure 4).

Figure 4 - CBC.50 (RR) Manufacturing Readiness Level

Figure 4 - CBC.50 (RR) Manufacturing Readiness Level

Composition & Visual

Identification

1 Projectile 5.56 mm Copper Clad Steel Jacket
2 Projectile 7.62 mm Gilding Metal Jacket
3 Tracer Composition CBC own production
4 Case Brass (Cu70Zn30)
5 Propellant Double Base, REACH compliant.
6 Primer Percussion, Boxer type, crimped and sealed
INFRARED TRACER

Weapon Systems

Weapon SystemsFully compatible with all NATO nominated weapons or equivalents with no need for modifications or auxiliary equipment.

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