first published on September 13, 2019 by Funker
Army Futures Command has decided that the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division, better known as the Big Red One, will host the first unit to receive the Army’s most advanced night vision goggles ever fielded.
According to reports, soldiers of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas will begin receiving the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) on Sept. 25, 2019.
Improved depth perception and dual tubes that provide a much higher resolution view than current night vision devices. Yet, the coolest part is that they can now wirelessly connect to a soldier’s weapon sight, giving realtime feedback to exactly where the soldier is aiming. This will allow soldiers in combat to accurately fire from the hip, or stick only their weapon out from cover to engage enemy forces.
The ENVG-B’s heads-up display allows for both day and night operations. The design also allows for the use of one or both tubes depending on the specifics of the mission. The device also has thermal capabilities that can be turned off and on with the push of a button.
In fielding trials, the device improved M4 accuracy 100%. Target detection was improved 300%, and the time between target detection and engagement was cut in half in comparison to current standard issue night vision optics.
The military will be fielding 10,000 of the devices before 2021, and 3,100 of those will go to the Marines Corps.
The following video shows the devices in action.