US Soldiers Are Getting Enhanced Situational Awareness

US Soldiers Are Getting Enhanced Situational Awareness

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US Army soldiers will enjoy improved situational awareness, mobility and protection, thanks to the beginning of deliveries of advanced binocular night vision goggle. The technology will enhance the ability to locate and engage threats and access common operating environment imagery.

L3Harris Technologies’ new Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) are delivered as part of a $391 million Directed Requirement contract from the U.S. Army received in 2018.

This advanced binocular night vision goggle supports the Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional team priorities, according to the company’s website. 

The device includes 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. 

The ENVG-B includes 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, an integrated dismounted leader situational awareness (SA) system for use during combat operations of the United States Army. The complete system will interface with the Army’s family of weapon sights, while enhancing interoperability and data sharing.

Dana Mehnert, President, Communication Systems, L3Harris said: “This is the first networked night vision system that brings battlefield imagery and data directly to the soldier’s eye, providing situational awareness beyond the capability of near-peer threats facing the U.S. military and our allies around the world.”

Following the delivery of the first 40 units, L3Harris received two additional delivery orders totaling approximately $153 million for nearly 7,000 additional systems and logistics support. Combined with the initial $88 million delivery order, L3Harris has received orders to deliver just over 10,000 ENVG-B systems under the Directed Requirement contract.