Army’s night vision technology improves

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
The PVS-7 and PVS-14 night vision goggles are the latest generation night vision technology from the U.S. Army. The goggles allow the warfighter to spot infrared illuminators not visible by the naked eye.

The PVS-7 and PVS-14 night vision goggles are the latest generation night vision technology from the U.S. Army. The goggles allow the warfighter to spot infrared illuminators not visible by the naked eye.

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Marques Chavez
Research, Development and Engineering Command Public Affairs

 

SAN ANTONIO — Night vision technology developed by the U.S. Army now allows the American warfighter to own the night.

The PVS-7 and PVS-14 are third-generation binocular and monocular night vision goggles currently being used by the Army infantry Soldier. The goggles have evolved significantly from previous generations, as the Army continues its effort to empower, unburden and protect the warfighter.

The improvements to these products are a result of the partnership between the fighting force that is using the products in combat and the Army science and technology community.

“Our biggest asset is getting feedback from Soldiers in the field,” said Tony Tice, U.S. Army Night Vision Lab. “Our engineers modify technology after working with the warfighter to critique it in a manner that will be more beneficial to (the Soldiers) in several different ways.

“We want our Soldiers to own the night,” he added.

The evolution of night vision technology has resulted in the PVS-7 and PVS-14 having increased durability, less weight, batteries with extended power and length of life, and improved ability to distinguish objects in the field of vision. The goggles run off two AA batteries rather than previous versions that ran off battery packs, resulting in heavier equipment.

The goggles are part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

“We all appreciate the warfighters, but seeing this technology really gives you a sense of what they do for us,” Tice said, “and it’s an honor when they share their appreciation to us, too.“

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