The US Army recently released video of what the battlefield can look like through the lenses of its new night vision goggles, and it is absolutely wild.
Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division conducted a platoon live-fire exercise on April 19 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington wearing the relatively new Enhanced Night Vision Goggles-Binocular.
The Army first started fielding the ENVG-B as a replacement for the older monocular PVS-14 night vision devices in fall 2019 at Fort Riley in Kansas.
The view mode seen in the video, is “Outline Mode Fused + AR/RTA,” AR standing for “augmented reality” and RTA standing for “rapid target acquisition,” Capt. Daniel Matthews, a spokesman for 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, told .
The outline view is one of several settings available to ENVG-B users. An Army video from last fall, for instance, showed the goggles lighting up the night as if it were the middle of the day.
The ENVG-B offers a larger field of view than traditional monocular goggles, moves away from the classic green glare, and lets troops more easily see in the dark and through common battlefield obscurants like dust, fog, and smoke.
The new goggles can also connect wirelessly to a soldier’s rifle through the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual for more accurate shooting and rapid target acquisition.
With a picture-in-picture setup, soldiers can simultaneously see what is in front of them and wherever their weapon is aiming. Not only can they shoot more effectively in general, but they can also shoot accurately from the hip or around corners.
The Army has also experimented with connecting unmanned assets, like its pocket-sized Black Hornet drones, with the ENVG-B so that the soldier can see what the drone sees in the display for significantly improved situational awareness.