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General Electric AN/ASQ-145 Low Light Level Television Sensor System

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Electric AN/ASQ-145 Low Light Level Television Sensor System in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- General Electric AN/ASQ-145 Low Light Level Television Sensor System in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Low Light Level Television Sensor (LLLTV) installed on AC-130 gunships enabled the aircrew to illuminate targets covertly during night operations. Located just in front of the 20mm guns, the LLLTV could amplify the existing light 60,000 times to produce television images as clearly as if it were noon. The crew used a laser, which was invisible to the naked eye but showed up clearly on the LLLTV, to aim the AC-130's guns with great accuracy.

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