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During the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (Sofic) L3 Integrated Land Systems has the "F-Pano", a fusion version of Ground Panoramic Night Vision Goggle (GPNVG) presented.

According to reports, the new glasses over four 18-mm tubes L3 white phosphorus of the latest generation features. The novel glasses combines the capabilities of the L3 GPNGV-18 with those which as a FGE glasses (Fusion goggle Enhanced) is designated the AN / PSQ 36, and thus combines the advantages of thermal imaging with the large panoramic field of view of "Quad Eye ".

Especially in space combat to hazards with a 97 degree field of view can be detected much faster. (Graphics: IEA Mil-Optics GmbH)

Four separate and concerted input channels enable these glasses to reproduce a horizontal field of view of about 97 degrees, which is the natural, 120 degree field of view of the amount forming people closest. A separate thermal imaging channel is "merged" with the 97 degree night vision image and allows it to combine the advantages of both technologies (low-light = identification and thermal imaging device = detection) the user. An integrated high-resolution display makes it einzuspielen external data from a management information system.

Although no details of weight and dimensions of the glasses were published is to assume that the dimensions of the new glasses classical GPNGV-18 are similar. The weight is caused by the integration are the additional thermal imaging channel, above the 800 g of the conventional eyeglasses. Furthermore, it can be assumed that the new pair of glasses at least the same technical performances, 17 microns thermal imaging sensor and water-tightness will have up to 20 m depth, the FGE.

In modern fusion devices, the image of the image intensifier is überlagert- with a thermal imaging and can be used from the optimal information both technologies for the detection and identification simultaneously. (Left image intensifier, left fused image)

If or when the glasses will be available for German special forces, is not yet known. The predecessors in Germany by the IEA - sold Mil Optics GmbH and are even in German units in use (GPNGV-18 (special forces of the army, GSG 9 and individual state police), AN / PSQ 36 (special forces of the army).

Waldemar Geiger