For the past nine months, the U.S. Army has been testing the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular, or ENVG-B, and taking input from Soldiers.
Plans call for fielding the device in October to an armored brigade combat team that will deploy to South Korea, said Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, Army G-8.
Pasquarette and other leaders testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday at an Army modernization hearing.
The ENVG-B features a dual-tube structure and uses thermal imaging, he said. It will connect to a Soldier’s weapon using the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual and Rapid Target Acquisition Capability. The combined technology will allow Soldiers to detect targets through smoke and spot enemies behind light obscurants.
“It is definitely a winner,” said Lt. Gen. James Richardson, deputy commander of Army Futures Command. “I have used the goggle. I have shot [with] the goggle. It is better than anything I’ve experienced in my Army career.”
The goggles have been tested with Army Rangers and infantry Soldiers and proven successful. In addition to advancing to a binocular system rather than monocular, Soldiers will no longer see the green tint of the current night vision goggles, which uses green phosphorous tubes. The ENVG-B uses white phosphorous tubes. The binocular system also provides more depth perception than the traditional monocular sight.
“It’s been so successful with our Rangers and our infantry, that they’ve been using this night vision goggle in the daytime on the ranges,” Richardson said. “And they’ve gone from marksman to expert. It was more than we thought it was going to be from a night perspective.”
Story by Joe Lacdan, Army News Service
L3 Technologies was awarded a three-year, $391 million contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command to provide soldiers with true next-generation Binocular Night Vision Goggles, last year.
The Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) includes L3’s high-performance white phosphor image intensification technology in a dual-tube goggle, as well as a separate thermal channel for image fusion and thermal target detection. This technology will increase the ability to locate and engage threats, and access common operating environment imagery. The ENVG-B will also include a new high-resolution display and an embedded soldier wireless personal area network, rapid target acquisition and augmented reality algorithms to interface with the U.S. Army’s Nett Warrior. The complete system will interface with the Army’s next-generation family of weapon sights, while enhancing interoperability and data sharing.