Army Talks up Wifi Link from Sights to Night Vision Goggles

These prototypes of the new Family of Weapon Sights-Individual, mounted on the M4 carbine and the helmet-mounted Enhanced Night Vision Google III are designed to work together wirelessly. (Source: US Army)These prototypes of the new Family of Weapon Sights-Individual, mounted on the M4 carbine and the helmet-mounted Enhanced Night Vision Google III are designed to work together wirelessly. (Source: US Army)

Army soldiers tracking and attacking enemies in fast-moving combat situations will soon be able to shoot targets without bringing their rifle and weapons sights up to their eyes — due to emerging wireless technology connecting thermal sights to night vision goggles, according to an article on Scout Warrior.

A wireless link will show the reticle from thermal weapons sights directly into the night vision goggle display, allowing soldiers to quickly track and destroy targets with great accuracy without needing to actually move the weapon to their shoulder and head to see the crosshairs through the thermal sights.

Enhanced targeting technology is of particular relevance in fast-developing battle circumstances such as Close Quarter Battle, or CQB, where targets can emerge and disappear in fractions of a second. Being able to strike quickly, therefore, can bring added lethality and make the difference between life and death for soldiers.

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–Kris Osborn is the managing editor of Scout Warrior.

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  • Mark Bigge

    Very cool…..

  • Lance

    last hting we need more computer talking over traditional rifleman skills.

    • seans

      So how do you shoot at night or around corners using traditional marksman skills.

  • DocduracoatsignalsD

    I see an opportunity for an enemy to broadcast signals to ” spoof” this system.
    Making you see many targets, or several different crosshairs, or just a red screen
    Since it is wireless, it could be sent spurious signals.

    • seans

      Its probably going to be encrypted.

      • Andy

        Can anyone say electronic warfare? Would be easy for an enemy to jam the entire 2.4 or 5.8 ghz wifi bands. Not even FreqHop would survive that. Or enemies could use such transmissions to keep track of possible troop positions. Just my 2 cents…

        • seans

          If we got a enemy that is capable of that we got more issues to worry about than our rifle man not being able to see there scopes wirelessly. And you are not going to track troop positions off of something like this. Its going to be to low powered.

  • Future SOldier 17

    You guys get way to serious about stupid things. The post is about a wireless NVG for a rifle, and you guys start talking about how enemy’s can jam it or track the soldier with it. Grow up and think like a normal person. Its just an NVG. Leave it alone.

    • Larry

      Future Soldier,

      Take a step back son. Since you are going to be a soldier in the future you haven’t been there and done that. Not tee shirt yet.

      Yes, some folks can get a bit over the top in their comments, but showing concern for a design that can put the person using it at risk, or his unit at risk, is not a “stupid thing”. Aerial drones were fielded early on when they knew that their command signals could be intercepted and hacked. Giving someone a piece of mission essential gear when it has more than one failure scenario is not good for the warfighter, especially if the warfighter is you.

    • 11CP5

      I am a old soldier. So nothing about this new type of system is going to effect me. If you plan on becoming a soldier you better learn to think outside of the box. You may fine yourself wasting ammo on targets that are not there and the enemy knowing where you are at just from the wi fi you have before you ever fire a shot. So good luck with all the fancy stuff. I will keep my old iron sights ready. Good luck with becoming a SOldier as you spelled it.

  • Larry

    When you look at all the things that show up in R&D or on Kitup you see a lot of things that we CAN do technically, but are they really things that we SHOULD do or that we really NEED. That computer assisted rifle scope designed to make everyone a sniper is a prime example. Several thousand dollars per unit for something that in actual combat situations may not have any practical value and that can be accomplished with existing training and support equipment. The new shotgun that some general pushed through a few years ago is another example; yes, we came up with a neat design but is it practical…is it really an improvement over what we have…and do we really need it.

    • DBM

      Not to mention the additional weight the soldier has to carry. Soldiers are becoming increasingly overburdened with equipment they don’t really need or want.

  • DBM

    How are they turning the Bluetooth on and off? Seeing two drastically differently oriented pictures would cause way to many problems

  • Snow

    More expensive gee-whiz, high speed, low drag equipment to go .belly up at a critical time.