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AN PVS-7 Cyclops.JPG
An early version of the AN/PVS-7B goggle
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service1985–present
Used byUnited States Armed Forces
Philippine Army
Argentine Army
Canadian Forces
Australian Army
WarsPersian Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Production history
DesignerITT Industries
Litton Industries[1]
ManufacturerITT Industries
Litton Industries
Northrop Grumman
L3 Communications Armasight, Inc
VariantsAN/PVS-7A, AN/PVS-7B, AN/PVS-7C, AN/PVS-7D
Weight680 grams
Dimensions (L×H×W)5.8" x 3.1" x 6.1"
Resolution (lp/mm)>64 lp/mm
Tube form factor18mm
Field of vision40 degrees
Range of detection325m (Starlight)
Range of recognition225m (Starlight)
System zoom

The AN/PVS-7 is a single tube night vision device. Third generation image intensifiers are standard for military night vision. The PVS-7 is auto-gated to prevent image intensifier damage if exposed to intense light. The goggles have active night vision using a built-in infrared LED for low light situations. They are waterproof and charged with nitrogen to prevent internal condensation while moving between extreme temperatures.

They were designed to replace the older AN/PVS-5 from the Vietnam War.[2] Though slowly being phased out by the AN/PVS-14, the AN/PVS-7 is still being used by the United States Armed Forces with hundreds of thousands in service.[1]

The designation AN/PVS translates to Army/Navy Portable Visual Search, according to Joint Electronics Type Designation System guidelines.


  1. ^ a b c "Night Vision History". Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2013-08-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "A Performance History of AN/PVS-5 and ANVIS Image Intensification Systems in U.S. Army Aviation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-08-17. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)