From National Defense:
The Army is developing cutting edge sensor and aiming technologies that will make it easier for U.S. soldiers to find and target their enemies. The new capability, which officials are calling "rapid target acquisition" or RTA, combines the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual.
The ENVG III is more sophisticated than earlier variants, with improved thermal capability and reduced size. The ENVG III weighs less than two pounds and is designed to be attached to the soldier's helmet. The ENVG III possesses both traditional night vision capabilities as well as a state of the art thermal camera. Soldiers can combine the two images on overlapping display, or choose to use a single mode. The ENVG III can also display just the outline of a thermal image, enabling troops to better distinguish between enemy combatants and other objects that might be emitting heat.
FWS-I will be attached to the individual soldier's weapon, such as the M-4, M-16 and M-249. It will wirelessly transmit the crosshair image from the rifle sight to an antenna on the ENVG III, program officials explained. That signal, along with images from the night vision and thermal sensors on the ENVG III, will be sent to a "smart battery" and processor on the back of the soldier's helmet via a fiber-optic cable that runs under the helmet. The disparate images will then be "stitched together" and spatially aligned, creating one large, real-time display for the soldier. Fusing the images onto a single display gives war fighters greater situational awareness and convenience, program officials said. They will not have to switch between sights or activate their lasers to see where they are aiming. They can also accurately shoot from the hip or other positions with the new aiming system. In addition, soldiers can switch viewing modes and only see the rifle sight images on their head display, enabling them to stick their FWS-I equipped weapon out from behind cover and aim and shoot without exposing their bodies.
Another advantage of RTA is it will enable troops to see their enemies at greater distances because of the system's superior sensors, said Col. Michael Sloane, project manager of soldier sensors and lasers. Current sights allow war fighters to see about 550 meters in front of them at night. With the new technologies, they will be able to detect the enemy at about 1,000 meters.
ENVG III will go into production this summer and is slated to be fielded in fiscal year 2017, program officials said. The FWS-I will go into low-rate initial production this summer, and is expected to be fielded in late fiscal year 2018 or early 2019. ENVG III will initially be deployed with "dumb battery" packs attached, and the "smart battery" packs will not be installed until the FWS-I is fielded, officials said. The Army plans to issue 18 FWS-Is and 24 ENVG IIIs to each infantry platoon, said Phil Cheatham, deputy branch of electronics and special developments at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia. The new technologies will likely prompt changes in tactics, techniques and procedures, officials said.
если кратко для невладеющих нагло-американским:
- новые очки ночного видения ENVG III с двумя каналами (оптоэлектронный и ИК/термальный), с возможностью работы в каждом канала отдельно или с "умным" суммированием данных с обоих каналов. Начало выпуска опытных партий в этом году, постановка на вооружение - 2017 или 18
- новый электронно-оптический прицел для стрелкового оружия FWS-I с беспроводной передачей прицельной картинки на дисплей ENVG III, с возможностью умного электронного наложения вида "через прицел" на картинку в очках (через специальный блок, закрепленный на шлеме), что позволит прицельно стрелять "от бедра", за угол и т.п. Начало поставок в войска - 2018 или 2019 годы, первоначально планируется иметь 18 FWS-Is и 24 ENVG III на пехотный взвод.