Groundbreaking Aviation & Helicopter NVG Gen 3 Technology
Part of our innovative aviation night vision goggles line is the NVG Gen 3 technology. The exceptional quality of Gen 3 night vision goggles is what military and law enforcement utilize in aviation operations.
ANVIS 9 Night Vision Goggles
NVG ANVIS 9 goggles are the United States Navy and Air Force flight crews' go-to night vision system for helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. ANVIS-9 systems are also the standard in over 30 nations around the globe. Night Flight Concepts offers high-performance ANVIS 9 night vision goggles.
The Harris F4949 3 (formerly ITT Night Vision Goggles) and L3 EOS M949 night vision goggles (formerly Litton/Northrop Grumman) are both classified and recognized as AN/AVS-9 or ANVIS-9.
The M949 binocular night vision goggles are modeled after the military designation ANVIS-9. Featuring a specialized L-3 EOS layout improvement to the Aviator's Night Vision Imaging System (ANVIS) with heightened situational alertness, boosted ergonomic characteristics, and higher system performance.
This version showcases binocular viewing for a more optimized depth perception. It also has 25-millimeter eyepieces that offer better eye relief, accommodating operators wearing eyeglasses.
The F4949 dual tube night vision goggle/binocular model is USA-made and passes the "Buy American" prerequisites in many government contracts. It has an objective lens focus range of 41 cm to infinity, and diopter adjustment ranges from +2.0 to -6.0. The field of view is at 40° nominal.
Its rotary-wing versions feature a rear-mounted, low-profile battery pack that uses four AA alkaline batteries, allowing operation for more than 50 hours. The fixed-wing versions feature a front-mounted battery pack that uses two 1/2 AA lithium batteries, allowing operation for more than 16 hours.
The optional battery pack adapter enables the connection of the fixed-wing F4949 to the rear-mounted battery pack. It provides the same operational time as the rotary-wing versions when ejection is not considered. You can have an optional clip-on power source that enables hand-held binocular operation without using a flight helmet.
We have several configurations available if you're looking for the AN/AVS-9 (Army, Navy, Airborne Vision System) model of aviation NVGs.
These configurations allow smooth and safe flight operations, even in meager light conditions. For more information about determining the right setting for your requirements and application or any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Best NVG Generation
For the best and latest NVG generation, we highly recommend the Generation 3 NVG. If you want more information on aviation night vision optics, whether Generation 2 or 3, please call us or complete our online form. One of our product specialists is available to help.
Trusted Gen 3 Aviation NVG Solutions Provider
Night Flight Concepts is a trusted NVG solutions provider worldwide. We pride ourselves on delivering quality products and services. If you have any questions about our offered NVG solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Is there a Generation 4?
Some believe Gen 4 is the latest aviation NVG generation, but that is untrue. Generation 4 NVG was built for military use but later rescinded for not meeting the requirements. The military searched for a filmless next-generation image intensifier (removing the ion barrier). In doing so, NVG manufacturers were challenged by maintaining the tube life requirements the military needs.
Night Vision Imaging System Advances
Aside from offering a complete range of night vision goggles for pilots, Night Flight Concepts is also proud to provide green phosphor and white phosphor night vision goggles.
Improve Your Night Operations with Superior View Clarity
Advance your vision-enhancing abilities with our Gen 3 aviation night vision goggles. The most remarkable military-grade Gen 3 night vision aviation solutions are available at Night Flight Concepts.
We’ve been providing Generation 3 night vision to help helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft from the military, law enforcement, and emergency medical sectors worldwide in their night flight missions.
Gen 3 Aviation Green Phosphor Night Vision Goggles
Green-phosphor NVG’s give off the standard black and green appearance you would typically associate with night vision imaging.
Aviation NVG White Phosphor
Improved Gen 3 Night Vision White-Phosphor Technology
Our night vision products come with Gen 3 Aviation white phosphor image intensifiers. Compared to green phosphor NVGs, white-phosphor NVGs offer black-and-white imagery. This feature gives the user a more enhanced visual performance and acuity in low light level conditions.
Night Vision Goggles for Aviation Operators
Night Vision Goggles for Flying Helicopters and Other Aircraft
Pilots – whether for helicopters or other aircraft – count on visual material during operations. The pilot’s visual system is the most vital source of information during flight.
Unobstructed visibility is required for navigation, acquisition, obstacle circumvention, and target detection. Night or low-light missions pose a challenge to helicopter and airplane pilots.
Fortunately, today’s military technology has paved the way for night vision goggles for pilots. Night Flight Concepts is a Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight training provider.
We offer NVG training for Initial Qualification, Recurrent-training, and Instructor Pilot Certification out of our headquarters in Waco, Texas. We can also bring our world-class training to your facilities. For more information, please call us at (866) 812-6184.
Acute Vision During Flight for Aviation Professionals
Aviation Night Vision Goggles for Flight Operations
Using night vision goggles for pilots aids in achieving critical visual perception and better image acuity during night flight operations (or other periods with diminished visibility). At Night Flight Concepts, we understand that night vision for pilots is imperative to the mission's success.
We make it our mission to provide the best aviation night vision solutions. From aviation NVG goggles to NVG training to inspection, repair, and maintenance, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any aviation NVG-related concerns.
US Army Omnibus: Military Aviation Gen 3 Night Vision Goggles
The US Army Omnibus contract is what drive NVG manufacturers to make new image intensifiers and military-grade NVG upgrades. Each Omnibus has a minimum night vision goggles military spec manufacturers must meet.
Omnibus continues to dictate the advancement in image intensifier technology since the first Omnibus contract in 1985. As for ANVIS military aviation night vision goggles, Omnibus VII and VIII have the latest requirements.
Complete Immersion with Helmet-Mounted Night Vision Goggles
With helmet-mounted aviation NVGs, you get complete immersion and unsurpassed visibility while keeping your hands free.
A helmet-mounted device is mainly composed of a helmet and goggles. Also, depending on the generation the device is from – whether it’s Generation 1, 2, or 3 – you can use various options and solutions.
Later generations of NVGs have lower power consumption and better light amplification. This means the latest generation NVG provides the best image quality with the lowest power consumption.
If you want to know more about helmet-mounted aviation night vision equipment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our expert team can recommend the best option to match your needs.
At Night Flight Concepts, our commitment is to provide the most revolutionary aviation NVG. We’ll happily answer any questions about helicopter and aviation NVG and how you can benefit from them.
Let’s take a look at the evolution of these cutting-edge devices. The development and advancement of night vision devices have always been military-driven. We all know the advantages of maneuvering effectively under cover of darkness.
In the 1950s, the U.S. Army first experimented with T-6A infrared-driving binoculars. A near-infrared (IR) converter needed an infrared-filtered landing light for energy, which did not work well for aviation. During the late 1950s, research on the first continuous channel electron multiplier was underway, which developed into the microchannel plate. Blackout “Eye” was another IR light-sourced head-mounted night vision device.
In the early part of the 1960s, Generation I tubes were developed. The size of the three-stage tubes was too big for head-mounted applications. They were a passive system, meaning they operated by just using starlight illumination, taking the name “starlight scope.” Foot soldier snipers in Vietnam primarily used them.
In 1965, the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electro-Optics Laboratory (NV & EOL) was established. The research included visions and image intensification, far infrared, light source, thin film, advanced developments, system developments, and system evaluations.
Late in the 1960s, the production of microchannel plates allowed night vision devices to be made small enough to be worn on the head. This huge step was termed Generation II. During this period, the NV & EOL used these tubes in goggles for foot soldiers and some aviators for night flight operations.
In 1971 the USAF began using the SU-50 Electronic Binoculars. The Army adopted the Generation II AN/PVS-5 in 1973 as a temporary solution for aviators. It had many known downfalls, such as weight, constant refocusing, and visual obstructions, causing discomfort, annoyance, and fatigue. Most cockpits had red incandescent lamps with large red and IR emissions shutting down goggles, so all visible light was reduced below the aviator’s threshold.
Sometimes extinguishing them or putting on a “super dim” setting where crews could not read the instruments. Many accidents caused by lack of peripheral vision with the AN/PVS-5 forced the temporary modification to the faceplate allowing aviators to view below the goggles.
This new version was called AN/PVS-5 (MFD) modified faceplate, also known as “cutaway 5’s”. The aviator’s night vision imaging system (ANVIS) was the first NVG designed to meet the visual needs of aviators.
The NV & EOL started developing ANVIS in 1976 with Generation III image intensifier tubes requiring less weight, more reliability, easier maintainability, and higher performance.
The 1980s brought two versions of ANVIS to military aviators. The AN/AVS-6(v)1 for helicopter operators fits on the helmet with a centerline mount, and AN/AVS-6(v)2 for AH-1 Cobras only, with an offset mount.
In 1981 the U.S. Army released an Aeronautical Design Standard, ADS-23, which established minimum requirements for cockpit lighting to be compatible with ANVIS. In 1986 Joint Aeronautical Commanders Group released MIL-L-85762, defining standards for measuring and designing ANVIS-compatible lighting.
In 1988 an updated MIL-L-85762A was released, defining NVIS (night vision imaging system) as a general term replacing ANVIS and expanding the lighting requirements to accommodate various types of NVIS. The use of AN/PVS-5 was continued in aviation until the complete fielding of ANVIS. A Congressional Hearing was convened in 1989 to review the safety of NVGs in military helicopters. ANVIS was deemed necessary.
The 1990s brought Heads Up Display (HUD) systems, allowing aviators to have an out-the-window view yet still monitor instrument symbology within the NVG. Two types of HUD were used. CH-47D and HH-60 aircraft used the AN/AVS-7, and Optical Display Assembly (ODA) was used on the OH-58D. High-speed fixed-wing aircraft incorporated NVG-compatible cockpits requiring a different NVG to be safe during pilot ejection.
The AN/AVS-9 (NVG F4949, M949) was developed for the USAF. It was during this period the civilian sector grew interested in NVGs. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended many lighting practices for NVIS lighting in nonmilitary aircraft.
The Department of Defense (DOD) created JSSG-2010-5 (lighting handbook) to guide interior/exterior lighting and display equipment. The requirements from MIL-L-85762A were still used, but this new document provides guidance rather than specifications.
MIL-STD-3009 in the 2000s was created to define the performance requirements standard. It extracted requirements from MIL-L85762A and JSSG-2010-5. SAE wrote ARP-5825, covering design and test procedure requirements for dual-mode exterior lights.
These were exterior lights that could be observed with and without NVIS and a mode to be used covertly viewed only by NVIS. Manufacturers of aircraft lighting developed bright LED lights that could be visually used with NVIS without significant effect.
With an effective date of 30 September 2004, the FAA introduced Technical Standard Order (TSO) C164. It covers the minimum performance standards manufacturers must meet for approval and identification with the applicable TSO. TSO C164