Night Fighting Made Easier With Advanced Goggles
Edited by Robert H. Williams
The U.S. Army will be spending $560 million over the next five years
on enhanced night-vision goggles that, for the first time, combine
image intensification and infrared images. The upshot is that a
soldier gets the benefits of both the high-resolution image-intensification
pictures and, at the same time, the ability to see in total darkness,
even when confronted by low-light conditions or obscurants such
as smoke and fog.
The goggles are made by ITT Industries Night Vision.
While I2 and infrared technologies have allowed the U.S. military
and its allies to “own the night” for years, both technologies
have limitations. The ENVG combines the strengths of both technologies
into one unit, said a company spokesman.
The testing of the new goggles is expected to last through April