by David Crane
defrev at gmail.com
May 18, 2005
40-degree field of view offered by traditional night observation devices/night vision goggles (NODs/NVGs). The PNVGs utilize four 16mm image intensifier (I2) tubes, rather than the two 18mm tubes of traditional NODs/NVGs. Lt. Col. Terrence Leary calls the PNVGs "an evolutionary growth in night combat capability". According to Leary, "they improve the aircrew’s overall situational awareness and safety by more than doubling the current field of view. This will allow the aircrew to perform near-daytime tactics at night, reducing their time in the threat envelope and improving their targeting and tracking capabilities.” Sounds pretty good. AC-130 Specter gunship and MC-130 Combat Talon aircrews are the first SPECOPS airmen to receive the PNVGs. Air Combat Command A-10 Thunderbolt II and Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III crews are next on the list of recipients for the new tech.
Unfettered "wraparound" panoramic night vision and a joint helmet-mounted cueing system (JHMCS) are also likely to be incorporated in future incarnations. Hopefully, these future versions will be goggle-less and employ a flat panel lens/screen or monocular, instead. It’s likely that nanotechnology will play a role in this development, if/when it occurs. Defense Review will follow all of the discussed technologies as the continue to develop, and we’ll keep you posted as we do so.
Click here to read more about sensor-fusion/enhanced night-vision goggles (ENVGs). The article was written by Sandra I. Erwin of National Defense Magazine, and it’s titled ‘Owning the Night’ Means Fusing Sensors
Click here to read a Military.com SoldierTech article on the PNVG tech, titled "FOUR-EYES: Air Force Spec Ops Get Panoramic Night Vision".
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