SOURCE: INDIA TIMES
The US army has shared the video of its newest night vision goggles and they look something straight out of a Call of Duty video game.
Reported first by Business Insider, the video shows the Enhanced Night Vision Googles-Binoculars (also called ENVG-B) being tested by soldiers assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division where they conducted a platoon live-fire exercise on April 19 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars continue the @USArmy’s effort to #modernize our fighting force!
You have never seen night vision like this! #readynow #QuietProfessionals pic.twitter.com/3TCPtnno1r
— Lancer Brigade (@lancer_brigade) April 22, 2021
The video shows what the soldiers are seeing in real-time, with the view mode. It offers something called ‘Outline Mode Fused+ AR (augmented reality) and RTA (rapid target acquisition)’.
The outline view is one of the many settings on offer on the ENVG-B for users. It also has an enhanced night vision mode that lit up everything in a pitch-dark environment as if it was during the day.
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The ENVG-B has replaced the older monocular PVS-14 night vision goggles. Compared to the previous models, it offers a larger field of view. Moreover, instead of the classic green highlights that are often seen with night vision goggles, this one offers more colours and depth, and enable a clear vision even though common battlefield obstructions like dust, smoke and fog.
The army has also tested the googles with unmanned aerial drones like the pocket-sized Black Hornet drones that allowed for the soldiers to see through the drone’s camera, offering a better tactical awareness.
Capt. Will Hess, commander of C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, said in a statement, “in terms of target detection and clarity, the difference between the ENVG-B and the PVS-14 is night and day. The guys wearing the ENVG-Bs were taking targets out to 300 meters and even beyond, whereas our guys with 14s are having trouble seeing beyond 150. I can’t say enough about the ENVG-Bs. There’s really no comparison.