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L3Harris Technologies hat mit der ersten Lieferung seiner neuen Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (ENVG-B) begonnen. Die Lieferung ist Teil eines ersten Auftrags im Rahmen eines „ENVG-B Directed Requirement Contract“ der U.S. Army. Die ersten 40 Systeme wurden bereits September 2019 an die U.S. Army übergeben.

The ENVG-B combines the data from smart devices with the target data of the weapon and projects it as an image in the image into the night vision field of view of the user. (Photo: ES & T)

“The ENVG-B is the result of a year-long collaboration with the U.S. Army to deliver the most advanced night fighting system ever fielded,” said Dana Mehnert, President, Communication Systems, L3Harris. “This is the first networked night vison 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 orders worth a total of approximately $153 million for nearly 7,000 additional systems and related logistical support. Together with the first $88 million supply contract, L3Harris has received orders to supply just over 10,000 ENVG-B systems under the Directed Requirement Contract.

Infantrymen of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were the first soldiers of the U.S. Army to receive the new glasses. The U.S. Army plans to purchase a total of 108,251 systems to equip the entire infantry as well as unspecified close combat units.

ENVG-B

The new night vision goggle is a further development of the "Fusion-Goggle-Enhanced" NVG, which was recently procured for the Special Forces of the German Armed Forces. The ENVG-B is a wireless, binocular night vision goggle with an integrated thermal imaging device from the night vision specialist L3Harris. The glasses combine two powerful 18-mm night vision tubes of the third generation (white phosphor) from L3Harris with a separate thermal imaging channel for image fusion and thermal target reconnaissance. The binocular design of the ENVG-B gives soldiers more depth perception and the thermal imaging sensor allows enemy heat signatures to be seen at night and in daylight through smoke, fog and other darkness on the battlefield. The system can be wirelessly combined with thermal imaging target devices mounted on weapons and transfer the target image generated there directly into the eyepiece display of the ENVG-B - thus into the user's field of vision.

In addition to situational information the current target information of the weapon can be displayed in the visual image of the soldier (target cross on the right). (Photo: US Army)

The ability of the ENVG-B to project the weapon's target images into the soldier's field of vision enables the soldier to use the system for rapid target acquisition. Thus, if required, accurate shots can be fired from the hip, around corners or out of cover.

The video shows the individual functions of the ENVG-B (Video: L3Harris)

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. The complete system will interface with the Army’s family of weapon sights, while enhancing interoperability and data sharing.

At AUSA 2019, L3Harris demonstrated how the ENVG-B can be connected to a FLIR Black Hornet drone. The reconnaissance images generated by the drone can thus be transmitted as image-in-image directly into the field of vision of the soldiers in the vicinity.

Waldemar Geiger