Soldiers describe using the traditional Night Vision Goggle (NVG) as like looking at the world through a paper roll tube.

Many NVGs display a Field-Of-View (FOV) measuring 40 degrees or less which provides little in the way of peripheral vision. However, L-3’s Ground Based Panoramic Night Vision Goggle (GPNVG) has a 97 degree FOV offering major advantages. Not only can the soldier see more, but neck fatigue is reportedly minimised since they do not need to move the head from side to side as much. Troops will also be able to react more quickly thanks to significantly improved local situation awareness.

The GPNVG has become the preferred NVG, especially for special forces units. It employs four intensifier tubes with a fused image provided to the wearer. GPNVGs are in service with several specialised US forces and 14 international partners to date.

by Stephen W. Miller

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Stephen W. Miller
A former US Marine ground combat and aviation officer instrumental in the adoption of wheeled armoured vehicles and manoeuvre warfare. He has extensive hands-on experience in development, acquisition, fielding, support and employment leading land, naval, and air programmes in the US and twenty-four other countries. [email protected]