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They note that this ‘ . . . will permit the ADF to maintain
NFE at operator and light grade repair levels. It is
proposed that an in-service support contract for
medium grade repair levels will be established at the
time of acquisition.'
APDR could readily identify at least six local and
international companies who have product and service
offerings which are appropriate for this project. There
may be others.
Those organisations are BAE Systems, Elbit, Exelis
(formerly ITT Defence), Point Trading, Safran-Sagem
and Thales, all currently involved in Australian projects
BAE Systems Australia has worked with Exelis to
deliver and maintain the ADF’s current NFE. They
are likely to team again to meet the requirements of
LAND 53 1BR.
Exelis, claiming to be the world’s leading
manufacturer of Generation 3 Image Intensifier (I2)
tubes and night vision systems, stated to APDR that
“ . . . it is watching the LAND 53 1BR project closely,
and working with a broad range of stakeholders to
gather voice of the customer from various sources to
offer a solution which meets or exceeds the needs of
the customer at an affordable price.”
Further they told APDR “Exelis primed the original
LAND53 Phase 1B Night Fighting Equipment
(NFE) contract that has delivered the ADF’s current
night vision equipment fleet, through BAE Systems
Australia. Exelis and BAE Systems have provided
In-service Support to the NFE fleet for the past 15
Their latest products most relevant to LAND 53
1BR are the TM-NVG (Tactical Mobility – Night Vision
Goggle); the fused Spiral Enhanced NVG (SENVG);
and image intensifier (I2) tubes.
TM-NVG offers integrated colour video, colour
imagery display and camera capture export
capabilities. The configuration delivers the same night
vision capability as the AN/PVS-14 in a monocular
(with no increase in weight) or in a light-weight
binocular with advanced technical features to improve
SENVG combines an image intensified (I2) tube
and infrared (IR) micro-bolometer into a compact
monocular, contributing to greater situational
awareness and targeting.
Point Trading told APDR they believe their Australian
designed and manufactured ‘Night Eyes’ is the most
advanced binocular available, offering high resolution
with a clear bright image, while giving unparalleled
safety and troop comfort. They reported very strong
international interest in their ’Night Eyes’ binocular and
helmet mount at AUSA 2013, held in Washington DC
during October 2013.
One of the key advantages of the ‘Night Eyes’
design is that the high cost components (such as
the lenses and image intensification tubes) from the
in-service ’Mini-N/SEAS’, for which Point Trading
is the OEM, can be transferred directly across to
‘Night Eyes’. This component commonality offers
potentially significant savings for LAND 53 1BR,
allowing Defence to reinvest the savings in other Army
Other Mini-N/SEAS user nations are now starting
to look very closely at this option.
Normally ‘Night Eyes’ operates at 1X magnification,
but this can be optioned up to 3X. An infra red (IR)
illuminator is included. The compact binocular NVGs
are diveable to a depth of 20 metres. Weighing 665
grams, they can sit on a helmet or harness using
their own 145 gram malleable aluminium mount
which allows for the system to be configured to the
operator’s exact requirements, facilitating greater
functionality, safety and comfort.
Considered as a system, the combination of the
’Night Eyes’ binocular and the helmet mount is claimed
by them to be the world’s lightest night vision system.
‘Night Eyes’ operates on either a single alkaline 1.5V
AA battery or a lithium 3V CR123A battery, offering
up to 30 hours continuous use without the need for a
separate cable and battery pack, which also reduces
the weight to be carried by soldiers.
Point Trading has supplied night vision and provided
logistical services to the ADF, NZDF, national security
and law enforcement agencies since 1989. They
commenced designing and manufacturing night vision
systems in Australia during 2007, ‘Night Eyes’ in
Their services include assembly and pre-delivery
testing of equipment; testing and repairing electro
optical equipment; refurbishment of in-service
equipment; calibration and certification of equipment;
distribution and secure storage facilities; and a web
based ILS system.
With a wide range of IR and thermal imaging
equipment in their product range, plus service and
support, Point Trading has the potential to make a
valuable contribution to LAND 53 1BR.
Safran-Sagem are well known to Defence because
they equip RAN Combat Ships (ANZAC frigates, the
future LHD and AWD) with their VAMPIR NG Infra
Red Search and Track. This equipment integrates the
latest in optronic sensors to detect and identify threats
both day and night from a great distance, providing
commanders with a strong advance warning. It also
offers an automatic panoramic search-and-track
function that enables users to detect at low altitudes
and automatically pursue threats.
LAND 53 1BR
Point Trading 'Night eyes'
Credit: Point Trading
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