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Safran Optics 1 – Coded Target Acquisition Marker

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

The Coded Target Acquisition Marker from Safran Optics 1 is a rail mounted, compact, lightweight, multi-function laser system which combines a 1064nm PRF (Pulse Rate Frequency) coded designator for acquisition and target handoff, aiming lasers for firing a primary weapon, a high powered NIR (Near Infrared) pointer function with pulse feature, and a NIR illumination laser with digitally adjustable beam divergence for IR flood light capability.

www.optics1.com/products/ctam-coded-target-acquisition-marker

Noisefighters and its Development Partner Nightline, Inc. Introduces Panobridge, a 1.5 oz Night Vision Bridge Mount with Industry-Changing Adjustable Field of View Capability, Alongside Development and Distribution Partners Gamut Resolutions, Kinetic Consulting, MK Machining, PRG Defense, Nitewalker, and Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC)

Friday, May 14th, 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (14 MAY, 2021)

NOISEFIGHTERS and its development partner NIGHTLINE, INC., and its product testing partners GAMUT RESOLUTIONS and KINETIC CONSULTING, and its manufacturing partner MK MACHINING, and its distribution partners PRG DEFENSENITEWALKER, and TACTICAL NIGHT VISION COMPANY (TNVC) today announces the release of the patent pending PANOBRIDGE™ dual AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular bridge mount, which includes two industry-changing features: a total weight of only 1.5 oz / 42 g — or approximately 70% less weight than one of most popular competing AN/PVS-14 bridge mounts — and a proprietary mechanism that permits users to selectively adjust the goggle’s field of view from 40 to approximately 75 degrees by laterally rotating (or “panning”) each individual monocular outward to create a split image, which is then automatically merged in the user’s brain to form one cohesive, super-wide, panoramic image. By exploiting this new AFOV — or Adjustable Field of View — concept, the Panobridge eliminates the so-called tube effect experienced by night vision users and provides enhanced situational awareness. Whenever desired, the AFOV mechanism permits the tubes to be quickly pointed straight ahead, as currently provided with conventional binocular night vision goggles.


Photo representation inside Nightline, Inc.’s indoor training facility of the standard and split view panoramic image through dual AN/PVS-14 monoculars mounted on Panobridge

“There are millions of AN/PVS-14 monoculars in use worldwide, and many organizations and individuals are currently trying to find a way to extend and improve the working life and utility of these rugged, dependable night vision devices, ” said Neal Brace, owner of Noisefighters and inventor of the device. “Multi-tube night vision goggles provide much higher levels of immersion and depth perception by sending information to both eyes. Instead of purchasing new binocular or quad-tube night vision goggles, however, Panobridge presents a compelling, extremely inexpensive upgrade path for unmodified AN/PVS-14 monoculars to not only create a capable and lightweight dual-tube goggle, but also bring panoramic night vision viewing capabilities to the masses for the first time. While this product is not intended to replace quad-tube goggles for those specialized units which require them, I believe Panobridge provides a much more compact alternative, with a competitively wide field of view, at a price point which is accessible to all night vision users.”


Dual AN/PVS-14 monoculars with Nightline, Inc. NL914C lightweight digital battery housings installed, mounted to Noisefighters Panobridge in Cerakote® RAL8000 color

“By utilizing accessible AN/PVS-14 monoculars and requiring no extra hardware, the Panobridge allows organizations to continue the use of current night vision devices within a well-supplied and defined logistics network, eliminating the need for additional systems and training,” said Lee Collette, President of Nightline, Inc. “In addition, Nightline’s proprietary NL914C multi-battery housing further enhances the advantages of the Panobridge by creating a lighter weight, adjustable binocular with improved ergonomics, along with a wider, more natural field of view. At only 22.5 ounces or 638 grams assembled weight, with batteries included, this panoramic night vision system is a game-changing combination where two products come together to create an amazing synergy for the user.”


Dual AN/PVS-14 monoculars with Nightline, Inc. NL914C lightweight digital battery housings installed, mounted to Noisefighters Panobridge in Cerakote® Armor Black color, top view

During the development process, Mr. Brace sought feedback from some of the most experienced night vision users to ensure the Panobridge delivered an experience that matched or exceeded quad-tube goggle performance in four key areas: situational awareness, operational flexibility, overall weight and size, and price.

“What Noisefighters has managed to do with the Panobridge is incredible,” said the current owner of Gamut Resolutions training group, retired Master Sergeant Bob Keller, a ten year member of the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta (Delta Force). “The fact that I can stow a lightweight, compact panoramic night vision goggle in my cargo pocket is game changing. The Panobridge presents the first worthwhile alternative to quad tube goggles that I’ve found. It is simple and tough, and by integrating standard AN/PVS-14 monoculars, it eliminates many logistical headaches.”


Exclusive product launch packaging with Noisefighters Panobridge in Cerakote® Armor Black color

Other reviewers with special operations experience found the Panobridge similarly appealing. “Most people and organizations can’t afford quad tube goggles. The Panobridge, coupled with two AN/PVS-14s, is the first alternative to quad tube goggles that I can now recommend for those looking for panoramic night vision,” said the current owner of Kinetic Consulting training group, Jon Dufresne, a former U.S. Army Ranger and current executive protection and law enforcement consultant who is additionally on staff with SAGE DYNAMICS.


Dual AN/PVS-14 monoculars with Nightline, Inc. NL914C lightweight digital battery housings installed, mounted to Panobridge in Cerakote® Armor Black color, front view

“The Panobridge is the best thing to happen to PVS-14 users in a very long time, with its extremely light weight and its wider field of view on demand,” said Will F., host of the popular Nitewalker night vision blog and video channel.

Night vision technology journalist Nick Chen provided a similarly concise summary of his findings: “The concept of the Panobridge is a clever trick and it does work. I was surprised how effective it is at giving you additional [field of view].” Mr. Chen’s review of the Panobridge is slated to be published 14 May, 2021 on The Firearm Blog, under the “Friday Night Lights” series of articles.

Other features of the Panobridge include:

-The ability to rotate the head slightly and peer through the gap between laterally-rotated (“panned out”) monoculars with an unaided eye in order to use a handheld thermal imager, aim pistol sights, glance at instrument panels, or view a scene using ambient light to better gauge distance, texture, color, or lighting. This is similar to the technique provided by using a single AN/PVS-14, but it is now available for multi-tube use.


Photo composite showing the use of a handheld thermal imager placed between laterally rotated (“panned out”) AN/PVS-14 monoculars and used directly in conjunction with Noisefighters Panobridge, courtesy of Nick Chen, journalist with The Firearm Blog.

-Both monoculars attached to the Panobridge may be individually swung upwards, completely out of the line of sight, without disturbing the adjacent device’s positioning. This feature also allows the PVS-14’s to better hug the helmet when the entire assembly is folded back in the stowed position, leading to a more balanced center of gravity and a reduced possibility of impacting door frames or other objects above the head.

-It is a nearly indestructible design utilizing an advanced, lightweight Arkema® polymer, all made possible by using the latest additive manufacturing techniques.

-The Panobridge will be available in extremely limited quantities as a launch exclusive in two Cerakote® ceramic finishes, Armor Black and RAL8000, and for general sale in flat black.

-The product is 100% manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A.

-The Panobridge is expected to retail between $500-700 depending on configuration.

In an effort to further exploit the Adjustable Field of View technology, Noisefighters and NOCTURN INDUSTRIES have agreed to collaborate and create a dedicated, lightweight binocular housing called the PANOBINO™ featuring the patent-pending AFOV mechanism and based on Nocturn Industries’ popular Katana™ Ultra-Light Articulating Night Vision Binocular. The companies expect a product launch later this year.

Concurrent with the development of the Panobridge, Mr. Brace developed a complementary product called the X14-Arm, which is a featherweight, single AN/PVS-14 night vision monocular mounting arm compatible with dovetail helmet mounts that tips the scales at only 0.7 oz / 20 g.


AN/PVS-14 monocular with Nightline, Inc. NL914C lightweight digital battery housing installed, mounted to X14-Arm in Cerakote® Armor Black color

“After getting positive feedback from those who evaluated the Panobridge, I recognized that individuals who use a single PVS-14 would likely benefit from the knowledge that we gained during the Panobridge development process,” said Mr. Brace. “The X14-Arm might just be the lightest night vision mounting arm ever released at only 0.7 ounces, yet it is very stiff for its weight due to the design, use of advanced polymers, and reliance on specialized manufacturing processes. If you only want to use one monocular, the X14-Arm is the ideal mounting solution.”


Exclusive product launch packaging with Noisefighters X14-Arm

Other features of the X14-Arm include:

-An intuitive, friction-based mechanism allows users to swing the PVS-14 monocular in front of either the left or right eye and perfectly adjust for interpupillary distance.

-It is a nearly indestructible design utilizing an advanced, lightweight Arkema® polymer, all made possible by using the latest additive manufacturing techniques.

-The product is 100% manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A.

-The X14-Arm is expected to retail between $100-150, depending on configuration.

Production of the polymer components for both the Panobridge and X14-Arm is being conducted by MK Machining, based in Hallsville, Missouri. MK Machining offers some of the most advanced additive manufacturing capabilities in the United States, with extensive experience from prototypes to production runs. In addition to their well-known throw levers and other additive-manufactured rifle accessories, MK Machining’s MK2 Bullpup Chassis radically transforms Remington 700 footprint rifles into a very compact precision rig with a surprisingly crisp trigger via an innovative linkage system.

CONTACT:

Noisefighters
www.noisefighters.com
[email protected]
616-226-3551
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.

Nightline, Inc.
nightline-inc.com
[email protected]
423-727-5900
Mountain City, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Tasco Unveils New Website, ProPoint Red Dot Lineup Expansion

Monday, May 10th, 2021

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – May 10, 2021 – Tasco®, a leader in superior value optics, has launched a major redesign of its website, Tasco.com. Besides a new look and feel, the website features overhauled navigation, enhanced product content and new categories for customers to explore.

Tasco.com now includes integrated connections to Tasco social media, streamlined customer support and in-depth product pages so customers can quickly and easily find the information they need. Searchers can find products by category, with added filtering or with new and improved search functionality. Besides classics like binoculars, rifle scopes, telescopes and spotting scopes, customers will notice new red dot and golf categories highlighted on the website’s homepage.

The Tasco lineup of red dot sights is also new and improved in 2021 with the addition of two new models – the TRD130T ProPoint® 1×30 and TRDPCC ProPoint 1×30 PCC. Designed with rugged construction and versatile mounting options, both red dots offer outstanding value at an entry-level price point.

At the core of the ProPoint line is a crisp red dot with multi-coated lenses for a bright image without the blue tint found on other brands’ red dots. This provides a clear target view and aiming point for quicker and more accurate shooting, making ProPoint red dots intuitive sights for hunters and range shooters alike.

Both red dots come with capped elevation turrets and provide up to 500 hours of battery life. From front to back, these red dot sights are designed, constructed and tested to withstand relentless recoil for years of service at the range and in the field thanks to their rugged aluminum construction.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the TRD130T Red Dot is $41.59 and for the TRDPCC is $79.99. For more information on these or to see other Tasco products, visit Tasco.com.

Bushnell Expands Rimfire Riflescope Lineup

Monday, May 10th, 2021

New Scopes Offer DZ22 Reticles and Peak Performance for Rimfire Shooters

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – May 5, 2021 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, has announced the addition of two new models to its dedicated lineup of rimfire riflescopes. Specifically designed for .22LR rifles, these scopes are ideal for varmint and small game hunting, as well as for plinking and recreational shooting.

The two new riflescopes are available in a 3-9x40mm configuration with DZ22 reticles, with one model featuring an illuminated reticle option. The DZ22 reticle was specifically designed for .22LR rimfire ballistics, with drop points out to 125 yards.  On the illuminated reticle model, the riflescope is standard with an “off” position between each intensity setting, so users do not have to return to zero and lose their preferred intensity. The illuminated reticle also provides shooters with improved visibility in low light environments.

Rimfire shooters will appreciate that both models come equipped with glass enhancements for improved performance. Standard features on both riflescopes include multi-coated surfaces, one-piece tube design and a large 40mm objective for more clarity, improved resolution and a larger exit pupil. Both riflescopes can also be used with the Bushnell Ballistic App. These enhancements allow for faster target acquisition and more accurate shooting.

Capped turrets protect shooters’ windage and elevation settings in the field, while lightweight and waterproof sealed aircraft-grade aluminum construction protects the entire scope from the elements. From the field to the range, the 3-9×40 rimfire riflescopes are IPX7 rated and have been designed to get the most out of rimfire rifle shooting no matter the weather conditions.

MSRP is $149.95 for the 3-9×40 rimfire riflescope with standard DZ22 reticle and $179.95 for the illuminated DZ22 reticle model. For more information about these or other Bushnell products, visit Bushnell.com.

XS Sights Announces Staff Promotions

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Fort Worth, TX (April 27, 2021) – XS® Sights is pleased to announce the promotions of Zack Kinsley to Vice President of Business Development and Addison Monroe to Marketing Manager.

 

As Vice President of Business Development, Kinsley is responsible for creating and implementing plans to increase existing business and for developing new business opportunities to grow market share and brand awareness. He will track new markets and emerging trends, spearhead strategy on new products and services, and work closely with leadership on strategic sales and marketing initiatives as the company continues to innovate and grow.

As Marketing Manager, Monroe now oversees all marketing initiatives for the company. This includes advertising, sponsorships, the ambassador program, web content creation, graphic design, and photography, among other responsibilities.

“I could not be prouder than to announce the promotions of Zack to Vice President of Business Development and Addison to Marketing Manager,” said Kellie Brunn, Co-Owner of XS Sights.  “Zack’s proven solutions-based approach is an integral part of our innovation, profitability, and growth initiatives. He works closely with all of Team XS to grow our brand, and this role will allow him to focus on the long-term strategic direction of XS.”

Brunn continued, “Addison is a pleasure to work with and has demonstrated her talents as she has taken on more responsibilities in marketing this past year.  She is an excellent representative of our company and will hit the ground running in her new position.”

For more information, visit www.xssights.com.

Major Order for HENSOLDT Optronics

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Oberkochen-based sensor specialist supplies sight systems worth almost 75 million euros for Dutch armoured reconnaissance vehicles

Oberkochen, Germany, 28 April 2021 – Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has received an order from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) worth nearly 75 million euros to equip the Royal Netherlands Army’s “Fennek” armoured reconnaissance vehicles with visual systems. The scope of the order includes 188 BAA II NL observation and reconnaissance systems as well as a number of spare parts.

“Our optronic solutions combine sensors from different technologies to provide armoured vehicle crews with an excellent situational awareness,” said Andreas Hülle, CEO of HENSOLDT Optronics. “In the field, this capability is essential to fulfil the mission and ensure the protection of the crews.”

The BAA II NL is the logical further development of the BAA II JFST, which is already in use in the Joint Fire Support Team (JFST) of the German Armed Forces. The external dimensions have remained the same and the use and menu navigation have also been left unchanged in order to keep the training effort for the crew as low as possible.

The scope of the contract also includes adjustments to the YellowKite camera, which will be optimised to become a day-vision/near-infrared (NIR) camera with colour vision and will receive a near-infrared cut filter. In addition, HENSOLDT provides a digital outlet.

HENSOLDT will deliver the observation and reconnaissance systems to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), which will handle the integration of the BAA II NL and its command and control system into the Fennek reconnaissance vehicles. Deliveries to KMW will begin in autumn 2022 with the qualification systems. Series delivery will start in 2023 and is scheduled to be completed by 2027.

Live Fire with the US Army’s New Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Soldiers assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, conduct a platoon live fire using the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binoculars at Joint Base Lewis-McChord April 19, 2021. The ENVG-B arms U.S. Army soldiers with the ability to target, engage, and neutralize threats; enhancing mission success and operator safety.

Video by 1LT Egor Krasnonosenkikh

Creating Binocular Night Vision Capability Using Existing PVS-14s: TNVC TNV/PVS-14 Powered Bridge Mount (PBM-A)

Monday, April 26th, 2021

Since it’s introduction at SHOT Show 2019 the TNVC TNV/PVS-14 PBM-A (Powered Bridge Mount) has been fielded by a number of users, including military, law enforcement, and commercial end-users. The patent pending Powered Bridge Mount is a unique product that allows individuals and organizations that already have PVS-14 Monocular Night Vision Devices (MNVDs) to obtain capabilities similar to dedicated Binocular Night Vision Goggles (BNVGs) at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new devices.

tnvc.com/shop/tnvc-pvs14-powered-bridge-mount

While bridge systems that allow two PVS-14 MNVDs to be bridged together are not in and of themselves unique, the TNVC TNV/PVS-14 PBM-A features a unique power control system that not only allows both PVS-14s to powered and controlled using a single power control knob and on-board AA battery located within the Powered Bridge Mount rather than individually, but also allows the device to use an external battery pack for extended battery life, similar to the USSOCOM AN/PVS-31A BNVD.

The TNV/PVS-14 PBM-A also features a distinctive “yoke and harness” attachment system to provide the best possible image to the end user by ensuring optical and mechanical alignment of the individual PVS-14s, and is stable enough for collimation.* Like the TNV/DTNVS, USSOCOM BNVD, USMC SBNVG, and Army ENVG-B, the TNV/PVS-14 PBM-A is an articulating system that allows the individual monoculars to be rotated up from the center hub, allowing users to move the monoculars out of their field of view without fully stowing the entire goggle. This can be especially helpful inside of vehicles and other confined spaces with low overhead clearance. When the goggles are fully stowed, the articulating feature allows the device’s center of gravity to be located much closer to the head, reducing end user neck strain and fatigue.

Binocular night vision goggles offer significant advantages over individual monocular systems, such as improved depth perception and situational awareness, allowing end-users to process information faster and more accurately. While purpose designed dedicated binocular systems do continue to have advantages over bridged MNVDs such as overall system weight, many individuals and organizations already possess PVS-14 MNVDs and it may not be possible or cost-effective to immediately replace them with dedicated binocular systems. The TNV/PVS-14 PBM-A allows those individuals and organizations to obtain many of the advantages of binocular systems without having to purchase brand new dedicated BNVGs.

For more information, please visit tnvc.com/shop/tnvc-pvs14-powered-bridge-mount or e-mail [email protected]

*non-user level maintenance, requires collimation test set