The US Navy has detailed the transition of Wide Field of View (WFOV) night vision goggles (NVGs) to its Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) warfighters, which began in May.
The WFOV NVG has an 80-degree field of view, an increase in the viewable area 5.3 times greater than the current 40-degree systems. They also offer increased movement speed, depth perception and combat efficiency.
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane optical scientists found that the WFOV NVG has combat efficiency improvements ranging from a typical 19.8% to 33.9%. Measured movement speed improvements ranged from a typical 35.2% to 63.7%.
Brenda Flanagin, assistant program manager for Visual Augmentation Systems, said: The WFOV high-resolution NVGs provide additional situational awareness during mission-critical responses.’
The WFOV NVG system has been developed as part of the Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund programme. Exisiting night field goggles will be retrofitted with the WFOV optics.
According to the navy in a recent deployment with two NECC Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams who engaged in combat operations, WFOV NVGs increased operator situational awareness across 90 percent of EOD operations. Further testing was conducted at an army Technical Support & Operational Analysis (TSOA) event, which supported previous combat effectiveness findings.