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Next Gen Night Vision Binos Increase Survivability for Recon, EOD Marines

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.— Marines will have better situational awareness on missions in dark areas thanks to new night vision goggles.

The Binocular Night Vision Goggle II, or BNVG II, is a helmet-mounted binocular that gives operators improved depth perception at night, and uses white phosphor Image Intensification technology to amplify ambient light, with a modular thermal imaging overlay capability. BNVG II helps Marines identify potential buried explosive devices, find hidden objects within foliated areas and safely conduct tasks that require depth perception.

A Marine with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Force Reconnaissance Platoon waits on the flight deck while training in the Pacific Ocean. Marine Corps Systems Command is fielding Force Recon and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines greater capability with the Binocular Night Vision Goggle II. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. T. T. Parish)

Marine Corps Systems Command began fielding the BNVG II to Force Reconnaissance and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Marines this spring, and full operational capability is planned for the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

The BNVG II includes a Binocular Night Vision Device and a Clip-on Thermal Imager, or COTI, that attaches to the body of the BNVD with a bracket. The BNVD amplifies the small amount of existing light emitted by stars, the moon’s glow or other ambient light sources, and uses the light to clearly display objects in detail in very dark conditions. The COTI uses heat energy from the Marine’s surroundings to add a thermal overlay which allows the image to be viewed more clearly. It helps Marines with situational awareness in conditions with little to no light.

“The BNVG II helps Marines see enemies at a distance, and uses the COTI to detect ordnance or power sources for an explosive device that give off heat,” said Nia Cherry, program analyst with Infantry Weapons. “The COTI intensifies Marines’ ability to see anything in dark conditions, rain, fog, dust, smoke and through bushes that the legacy binoculars couldn’t.”

The BNVG II is a follow-on to the legacy, battle-proven AN/PVS-15 binocular, but offers more features— such as the COTI—for increased survivability. The BNVD component is a compact, lightweight, Generation-3 Dual Tube Night Vision Goggle with an ergonomic low-profile design. It offers superior situational awareness compared to the AN/PVS-15, utilized by Reconnaissance Marines, and the single-tube AN/PVS-14 Monocular Night Vision Device utilized throughout the rest of the Marine Corps. It mounts to the Enhanced Combat Helmet and may be used individually or in conjunction with the COTI.

“In March, we held an exercise in San Diego where Marines provided positive feedback on their ability to easily maneuver with the goggles,” said Joe Blackstone, Optics Team lead in Infantry Weapons. “The depth perception provided by the BNVG II enhances precision and increases the operator’s survivability while on missions with limited lighting.”

Infantry Weapons falls under Ground Combat Element Systems at MCSC.

Detachment B-52 (Project Delta) Reconnaissance Tips Of The Trade

Monday, June 18th, 2018

When I joined the Army in 1985, most of my senior NCO leadership had served in Vietnam. They were men who had seen combat and we hung on their every word as we trained.

In the late 80s, I served in a LRSD in Germany. We turned to photocopies of a document produced by the Vietnam-era Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observation Group’s Det B-52 aka Project Delta called ‘Reconnaissance Tips Of The Trade.’

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We poured over its 32 pages which were gold to us, offering guidance on how to configure equipment and conduct ourselves on patrols. Some of the information was outdated due to equipment changes, other data was not applicable because we faced a different foe, on different terrain. However, the basics remained the same. Around the same time, 1st Bn 7th SFG(A) released up update called ODB-720 Tips. Unfortunately, it was much more difficult to share information pre-internet and I never saw a copy until I was on a 3rd Group SOT-A in the early-90s.

The original is available on the web from Chapter 31 of the Special Forces Association at www.sfa31.org/deltarecontips. Whether you’re reading from a historical perspective or a professional one, there are still a few gems in there.

Australian Army – LAND 400 Phase 2 Announcement: Rheinmetall has been selected to deliver Australia’s new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle, the Boxer CRV

Thursday, March 15th, 2018


Following a rigorous testing process, Rheinmetall’s Boxer CRV was assessed as the most capable vehicle for the Australian Army. The vehicle will enhance the safety, security and protection of our troops, and will replace the ageing Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV).

The vehicles will be equipped with high levels of protection; firepower and mobility provided by the vehicles will be used for operations, varying from peacekeeping to close combat. They will able be used at facilities in Puckapunyal, Bandiana, Adelaide, Townsville and Enoggera.

The Boxer will be manufactured in South East Queensland and use over 24 manufacturers located across Australia.

Photo: LTCOL McKendry

Law Industries Kneeboard

Monday, February 19th, 2018

UK-based Law Industries makes SERE and recce equipment. Their LI Kneeboard is designed to sit on your knee allowing a solid writing surface for your Fieldnotes or Moleskine notepad.

Think of it as a hard surface when you need one. They offer several customization options, so check out their site to learn more.

store.lawindustries.co.uk/product/l-i-kneeboard

Quick Fit Recce EO System Launched by Chess At DSEI

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Long range easy to fit, easy to use Hawkeye Vehicle System on stand S8-140

A quick fit electro optical system designed for recce vehicles is launched at DSEI by Chess Dynamics on stand S8-140.


The Hawkeye Vehicle System (VS) is an easy to use, easy to fit surveillance system which allows the operator to see out to 15km using long range day/night sensors.

“The basic principles of reconnaissance have not changed in millennia, it is to gather and disseminate tactical and operational level information which enables commanders to disrupt an enemy’s activities,” said David Eldridge, Sales Director at Chess Dynamics. “Our Hawkeye VS is designed specifically to enhance the most reliable method of persistent surveillance and observation, eyes on the ground.”

To reduce the operator’s workload the system uses the latest image stabilisation and video tracker techniques, in addition to relevant situational awareness aids. A touch screen, icon based display and a Game Pad style controller makes the system both intuitive and very easy to use. The system has built into it the ability to set up specific target areas which are monitored automatically and the operator alerted to any activity rather than having to continually monitor the screen.


The system comprises a four metre pneumatic mast that lifts the electro optic head, which enables the vehicle to remain “hull down” in anonymity while observing targets at a safe distance and out of reach of direct line of sight weapons.

A Gen4 cooled thermal imager and Chess Dynamics Long Range Piranha Day/Low light camera forms the backbone of the system, detecting targets at extreme ranges.

The sensor suite also incorporates a Laser Range Finder capable of measuring ranges up to 17km; an optional Laser Target Marker, Designator or NIR pointer can also be fitted to enhance the platforms capability. The system is geo-referenced system enabling the platform to give accurate target location, which, with the correct battlefield C4I system, can support and feed into the wider targeting cycle.

“A combination of these assets in a squadron would prove useful for target hand off and directing troops at night,” said Mr Eldridge.

www.chess-dynamics.com

TNVC Reintroduces The PVS-14 SLR Camera Adapter

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

After a very long absence in the industry TNVC tells us they are happy to bring these back. The PVS-14 SLR Camera Adapter allows you to place any NVG with a PVS-14 Eye Piece Assembly and Retaining Ring on a DSLR or SLR Camera. It provides a 46mm ring for a step ring that will fit your camera lens. Step rings are available at camera supply stores and websites.

tnvc.com/shop/slr-camera-lens-adapter-for-pvs-14

SHOT Show – Badger Ordnance

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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The Badger Ordnance Snipers Lightweight Integrator Combat Kit or SLICK is now available to the public. It integrates additional accessories to the Leupold M151 Spotting Scope such as Insight RULR, Wilcox RAPTAR, AN/PEQ-15, clip in NVGs, and red dot sights.

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www.badgerordnance.com

Adams Industries Launches Helmet Mounted Binocular

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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At Warrior West, Adams Industries showed me a prototype concept of a Steiner Binocular that had been modified with an adapter to fit on to a Night Vision Goggle Mount. The idea was that some folks in the reconnaissance and Call For Fire business wanted a means to mount a bino directly to the helmet and pulled down for use during daylight hours for magnified optics. After a few tweaks, the final result is the HELM-BINO-ST which includes the adapter and a STEINER 8×24 TACTICAL Binocular. This particular model was chosen as a balance between size, weight, performance and cost. When you need the magnified binocular vision, you pull them down into place and when they are not needed, you flip them up, just like NVGs. No more binos flopping around on your chest. No more wondering where they are, because they are handy. When it becomes too dark to use the binos, swap them out for NVGs.

-High Definition multi-coated lenses w/ Fast Close Focus from 6′ to infinity. Field of view at 1,000 yards: 375 feet
-Military Grade Rubber Armoring and Waterproofing, Eye cups, submersion to 6 feet
-Mounting systems available for dovetail (PVS-15 style) mounts. Bayonet (PVS-7B style) mounts coming soon!

Currently in production, these are available for order now with EOY funds. KillFlash and Laser Filters available separately.

www.adamsindustries.com