Mastering Night Vision for Land Forces Operations
A complete range of I² goggles to give the Land Forces the right advantage to perform their mission.
“From Tactical to Augmented Land Operations, make the difference during the night”.
Tactical Night Vision
A line specially designed for infiltration and endurance on the battlefield
Who? Dismounted soldiers, regular army units
What for? Optimal infiltration and mobility with a bi-ocular architecture (Thales FoldedDesign™)
Why? Weight, size and volume savings with an optimal FoV
Flagship product: MINIE – Smallest NVG on the market with 51° FoV
Combat-proven with French Army (ONYX programme)
Who? Dismounted soldiers, vehicle drivers
What for? Stereoscopic binocular vision on tactical missions requiring top performance in terms of size, weight, volume, ergonomics, optical field and range.
Why? Best combination of performance and ergonomics
Flagship product: NELLIE – 47° FoV in less than 460g with all the advantages of binocular architectures
Augmented Night Vision
A line specially designed for high intensity combat
Who? Special forces, specialised units
What for? Operations in extreme conditions and on the darkest nights
Why? Very wide aperture (F 0.95 vs. F 1.2) combined with stereoscopic vision
Flagship product: BONIE HP – Best optical performance on the darkest nights
Combat-proven with NATO Special Forces
Who? Dismounted soldiers, specialised units, soldier systems
What for? Decamouflage function with optimal ergonomics (Thales FoldedDesign™) and connectivity for soldier systems
Why? IR/I² fusion capability in a compact, lightweight design
Flagship product: MINIE-D/IR – Best combination of technical capabilities (fusion, 51° FoV) and SWaP performance (490g) for optimum protection of soldiers in high-intensity combat.
Combat-proven with German Army
NightRise and image intensifier tubes
Inspired by the vision of nocturnal animals, night vision goggles (NVGs) operate on the principle of residual light amplification. Like the retina in an animal’s eye, the electronic components in the goggles capture the photons that come through the lens and convert them into electrons. These electrons are then accelerated under high voltage in a vacuum tube and projected onto a phosphor screen. The phosphor screen acts like a cathode-ray screen, retransmitting the signals in the form of images.
The type of tube depends on the type of device, and choosing the right tube — and above all the right architecture — is a crucial design decision. Thales’s world-class optro-mechanical know-how offers designers much more flexibility in the choice of tubes and lets them find the optimum combination of night vision performance and usability in the theatre of operations.
For new-generation night vision goggles, an 18 mm tube offers a number of key advantages over a 16 mm tube:
Stronger optical concentration
Higher resolution and MTF contrast
Better DRI performance
Lower sensitivity to cosmetic artefacts like black spots
On the other hand, conventional 18 mm tubes are heavier and less compact than their 16 mm counterparts, which could have a negative impact on the Size, Weight and Power (SwaP) performance of the night vision goggles. Glass-to-glass tubes, however, are significantly lighter than twisted-fibre tubes, making it possible to reduce the weight of the device, accommodate innovative architectures and offer a more compact optical design.
Read our white paper to understand the science behind the choice of tubes in Thales night vision goggles.