ITT EXELIS Shows Networked Night Vision Goggle

TM-NVG_1_JPGTAMPA — ITT EXELIS showcased an integrated next-generation night-vision goggle technology able to connect soldiers with real-time intelligence at the 2013 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference here.

The device, called i-Aware Tactical, includes a heads-up display inside the viewing area, providing soldiers with networked information from nearby sensors and computers.

“You can have a heads up display inside the goggle which can be maps, images or GPS coordinates. You can configure it for text messages. This is a multi-faceted device. It allows us to take night vision technology and connect it to a tactical network, allowing the sending and receiving of situational awareness information. You can connect this to video feeds from airborne UAS or manned aircraft or ground vehicles,” said Ed Yarish, manager, Business Development, ITT.

ITT developers say the i-Aware Tactical delivers the same night vision capability as the AN/PVS-14, the night vision scope used most frequently in the U.S. military, in a light-weight 2.2-pound binocular with advanced technical features.  Other features include the ability to last longer than 15 hours with a Lithium AA battery and a 25 cm to infinity range focus.

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  • Robert Chadfield

    Any resource that provides a better “shared” picture of a combat environment I’m all for, but my concerns are two fold. First is providing both a secure link in a fluid environment among multiple parties and two; reducing the”exposure” of info, basically limiting the real time everyone has to be “linked”. Assuming the data is encrypted, a system with a defined operational range helps limiting power and signal exposure. Also it would be helpful in addressing both security and power-technical “blips” if say any real time data could be compiled by each individual’s device, and broadcast as a compressed rapid burst.

    It would not be anything noticeable to the soldier from constant streaming real time. A movie looks like a real time event though its just a rapid series of individual pictures. Both concepts are ancient technology, so-to-speak. But signal security as well as “grid lock” might be improved nevertheless. And this “wheel” was invented long ago, so nothing really new here. I like the ability to address the two issues of security and operations robustness. After all if my computer gets data overload only I care. This however is not a luxury for our people in an active combat situation.

    Just a thought. As a civilian whose first instinct is likely to duck, I thank all in our armed forces for their service! I mean that. If you need me, try checking under my bed…