US naval expeditionary combat command (NECC) warfighters are set to receive wide field of view (WFOV) night vision goggles (NVGs).
The fleet transition is being carried out by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Expeditionary Missions Programme Office (PMS 408) Visual Augmentation Systems (VAS) programme.
Developed as part of the US Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund Programme, the WFOV NVG provides an 80° field of view, which is a 5.3 times greater viewable area than that offered by the current 40° systems.
The unit provides warfighter benefits, such as greater combat efficiency, depth perception, enhanced situational awareness and increased movement speed.
Visual Augmentation Systems assistant programme manager Brenda Flanagin said: "The Wide Field of View High-Resolution Night Vision Goggle provides additional situational awareness during mission-critical responses."
The system has also been tested by optical scientists from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane, and was found to provide combat efficiency improvements that ranged from a typical 19.8% to a maximum improvement of 33.9%.
The measured movement speed improvements ranged from 35.2% to a maximum improvement of 63.7%.
Recently, the WFOV NVG was deployed with two NECC Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams that were engaged in combat operations.
The system was found to have increased operator situational awareness across 90% of EOD operations.
A contract has been awarded to retrofit existing night field goggles with WFOV optics.
During an Army Technical Support & Operational Analysis (TSOA) event, the device was further tested and was found to be ‘a technology of warfighter interest in terms of warfighter utility.’
Image: Officers test night vision goggles. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan G Greene/Released.