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US Army places LRIP contract for new night vision goggles after first tests

Enhanced Night Vision Goggle - Binocular (ENVG-B)
Photo: US Army

The US Army awarded Elbit Systems of America a $22.5 million low-rate initial production contract for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle – Binocular (“ENVG-B”) systems after completing first user tests earlier this year.

Elbit said the potential contract value could reach a maximum of approximately $442 million, should all options be exercised.

The ENVG-B systems provide US warfighters with situational awareness during limited visibility conditions and increased lethality through faster target acquisition. The ENVG-B systems will undergo various qualification phases, including field trials and system testing.

The army said it was very pleased with the performance of the system after putting it to the test in June this year. The service observed a clear advantage in target detection and clarity over the PVS-14 currently in use.

ENVG-B is a system that includes augmented reality capabilities and a heads-up display that integrates wirelessly with weapon optics. Those kind of capabilities make it possible for a soldier to detect and even fire on a target around an obstacle with limited exposure to the enemy.

“The selection of the ENVG-B systems by the US Army is a testament to the quality of Elbit Systems of America’s technologies and their unique operational contribution. This contract award demonstrates the significant potential of our night vision activities,” Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, Elbit Systems president & CEO, commented.

Soldiers testing ENVG-B during live fire training on Fort Polk, Louisiana, June 11, 2020. Photo: US Army