Being able to see the dangers well, even at night, can make the difference between the life and death of a soldier engaged in battle. For years, the equipment for night missions relied on the classic night vision device, which gave those greenish images that we may have seen on the news.
In recent years, however, the technology behind night vision goggles has also progressed, up to the current ENVG-B – Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – the futuristic viewer that looks like it came out of a video game or a science fiction film.
As we can see from the images shared by the Lancer Brigade Infantry Division, the new night vision device offers much brighter images with better contrast. It is also capable of functioning even in complete darkness, managing to give a clear view even when underground.
There is also a thermal imager capable of giving a clear view even in case of dust or smoke, and they use augmented reality technology to accurately “tag” their fellow soldiers and minimize friendly fire losses.
Finally, the viewer can communicate wirelessly with the rifle’s sight, so that soldiers can aim or realize the dangers without having to physically move out of safe cover, exposing only the weapon.
As we can see from the images, the new visor is applied directly on the soldier’s helmet, who can raise or lower it as needed. They are powered by rechargeable batteries, capable of powering the device for about eight hours.