US Places $3.24B Order for Night Vision Devices

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AN/PVS-7: The View(note MFALS on gun) The U.S. Army Contracting Agency, at White Sands Missile Range, NM has just issued $3.24 billion in contracts for “Omnibus VII enhanced third generation image intensifier ground night vision devices and spare image intensifier tubes.” What this means in practice is that the US Army and US Marine Corps are using one omnibus contract to purchase the following night-vision devices, in quantity: AN/PVS-14 monocular, AN/PVS-7D binocular, MX-10130/UV image intensifier tubes, and MX-11769/UV image intensifier tubes. Naturally, all of these items work exceptionally well when paired with the deliverables to a $1.37 billion contract for Multi-Functioning Aiming Laser Systems. * How These Devices Work * The Orders * Some Program Details How These Devices Work Night Vision Goggles allow the user to see at night using moonlight or starlight. The most modern versions usually include 2 different technologies: infrared/thermal, and image intensification. Image intensification (I2) is best for seeing details like maps, because it works by intensifying the existing light spectrum. Low levels of ambient light pass through a photocathode that converts the light photons to electrons, then amplifies them (sensitivity levels to various infrared, ultraviolet and visible spectrum wavelengths vary with the exact device). […]

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