So I’m not going to say where I saw it, but it was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen an operator wearing.
And it gave me the idea to explore the concept of what might be out there that’s better than the “known” state of the art.
During an assignment I saw a Soldier wearing what is known as the “QUADEYE” night vision vision system made by Elbit. It freakin’ looked like the guy was from Starship Troopers or something — literally two sets of PVS-15s hanging off the helmet.
Designed for aviators (wonder if Night Stalkers are wearing these) it can give ground guys some return of peripheral vision that’s usually robbed by standard NVGs.
QUADEYE is designed around four, advanced, 16mm, image-intensifier tubes. Its modular construction permits the user to select between using only the two inner channels or four panoramic channels. Additionally, QUADEYE® provides for projection of avionics head up display symbology or the aircraft’s targeting sensor’s video image into the goggle’s eyepiece through a high-resolution display.
So this is the known. But what about rumors of scientific advances with something even lower profile? I heard a rumor that the Team guys who busted bin Laden might have been wearing “cat vision” contact lenses that literally give the wearer night vision for a limited time without having to wear the bulky, heavy NVGs.