American soldiers may soon be issued new, advanced night vision goggles similar to the type used by elite U.S. Special Operations forces.
Night vision innovation is essential for the U.S. military to continue to “own the night” in combat. Night vision goggles allow warfighters to see the enemy at night, or in the darkness of a cave, for example, as clearly as they do during the day.
The advantages night vision devices provide is not just limited to darkness. They are also vital for spotting threats in a whole range of conditions soldiers may encounter in combat. With night vision, soldiers can see through whipped-up sand in sandstorms, through smoke from an explosion, through extreme weather and fog – and they can even spot a threat lurking behind foliage thanks to thermal imaging.
With enemies ramping up and catching up in night vision, American innovation has become even more important. The Army has wisely decided to invest some of the additional $800 million it will receive for research and development, (over the last year’s request) to develop better night vision goggles.