Lesson 1/Learning Event 3
FIGURE 7. AREA RECONNAISSANCE.
Illumination flares, passive night vision devices, surveillance radars, and other night observation
devices offset the problems of darkness to a large degree. When illumination flares are used, they
must be placed behind the enemy to provide a silhouette against the light. Since the enemy also
uses night observation devices and places great emphasis on limited visibility operations, NBC
reconnaissance elements must use terrain - good cover and concealment-during reduced visibility
just as they do during good visibility. They must also use dismounted reconnaissance techniques to
prevent unnecessary vehicle losses. At night or in fog, the location of moving vehicles is easy to
pinpoint by sound.