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The fusion of thermal and image intensification technologies is the next significant advancement for soldier's 'own the night' overmatch.
The directorate formed a digital night vision consortium with industry in 2011 to help pioneer digital image intensification alternatives.
The technique is technically demanding and requires good image intensification as well as the ability to anatomically reduce the sacroiliac joint or sacral fracture.
Key applications include image intensification and thermal imaging; advanced power supplies; multi-spectral image systems; weather and climate monitoring; space science; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing systems; and image exploitation software.
The ENVG, known in the Army as AN/PSQ-20, ensures optical overlay of images provided by its image intensification tube and its 320 x 240 infrared micro-bolometers, which respectively offer a 38[degrees] and a 28[degrees] diagonal field of view.
The fusion of both technologies would result in night-vision goggles that merge the strengths of image intensification a clear, sharp green-tinted picture with the advantages of infrared -- the ability to see practically under any environmental condition.
The French Army eventually went for two complementary day/night sights (one with image intensification and the other with thermal imagery), thus providing its soldiers with two different types of night sensors that improve situational awareness as well as shooting capabilities.
Army will be spending $560 million over the next five years on enhanced night-vision goggles that, for the first time, combine image intensification and infrared images.
As their name implies, image intensification devices work by amplifying ambient light, usually from stars or the moon.
Another consideration being addressed by several weapon sight manufacturers is the use of image intensification and thermal imaging technology to allow the soldier to continue shooting in low ambient light conditions, and when the battlefield is obscured by smoke and dust.
The so-called sensor-fusion technology combines image intensification, found in conventional night vision goggles, with thermal sensors, or forward-looking infrared, into a single image.
First developed by Army scientists in the 1950s, image intensification is the technology behind the helicopter pilot's ANVIS and other night vision goggles (NVGs).