Why Russian forces can’t match Ukraine’s night-vision equipment

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Samuel Cranny-Evans of RUSI, a defence think-tank, says that armies mainly use night-vision gear in the form of personal units, such as goggles or weapon sights, and devices fitted to vehicles. Exactly how many Russian military vehicles are fitted with night-vision technology is unclear, although newer Russian tanks come with thermal imagers derived from a design by Thales, a French defence supplier, which Russia imported.