The Army’s most advanced night vision optic device will accompany an US armored brigade combat team (ABCT) which will be headed to South Korea later on this year. According to Army Times, the device is a binocular which includes thermal imaging and will connect the soldier’s weapon with a camera and picture sight which feeds into the soldier’s goggle display screen.
This device is called the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular (ENVG-B) and commanders including Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, have been raving about it and its leap ahead technology for night vision for over a year.
The ENVG-B has been tested by Army infantry, Rangers and Marines and reports indicate that it be accompanying the unidentified ABCT headed for South Korea in October.
In recent testimony before the US Congress, Lt. Gen. James Richardson,who is deputy commander of Army Futures Command, said he has used the device and that shot with it. He said that the ENVG-B was better than anything he has experienced in his entire Army career.
Soldiers familiar with older versions and the now current version for night vision will notice a big change in the color which will be displayed while looking through the tubular goggles. The change will be in the color: from green glow to white phosphorous tubes.
Richardsonsays the new ENVG-B has helped soldiers go from marksmen to expert and said that the new device can also be used even during the daytime.
The ABCT will be among the first 10,000 close combat soldiers to be receiving the new goggles between now and 2021 for next two years. The Marines in the next two years will also receive 3,100 devices.
The device which was demonstrated to Military Times in the early part of 2017 uses a key marksmanship feature. which Army Times reports “uses a wireless connection between a rifle-mounted camera and the goggle to give the shooter a clear, focused, video-fed sight picture.”
Soldiers can choose between three different views: the full goggle view, or a full weapons view or a view which allows them to see both views at once called the
Soldiers will be able to fire accurately from both hip and shoulder positions at close ranges and they will be able to shoot around corners or obstacles without being seen.
The ENVG-B can also see through dust, smoke, fog and other obscurants because of its thermal capabilities.