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AN PVS-7 Cyclops.JPG
An early version of the AN/PVS-7B goggle
Type Passive/Active
Place of origin United States
Category Head-mountable
Service history
In service 1985 – present
Used by United States Armed Forces
Argentine Army
Wars Gulf War
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Production history
Designer ITT Industries
Litton Industries[1]
Designed 1982

ITT Industries
Litton Industries
Northrop Grumman
L3 Communications

Armasight, Inc.
Variants AN/PVS-7A, AN/PVS-7B, AN/PVS-7C, AN/PVS-7D
Weight 680 grams
Dimensions (L×H×W) 5.8" x 3.1" x 6.1"
Resolution (lp/mm) >64 lp/mm
Tube form factor 18mm
Field of vision 40 degrees
Range of detection 325m (Starlight)
Range of recognition 225m (Starlight)
System zoom
Generation 3

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 era.[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". Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  2. ^ "A Performance History of AN/PVS-5 and ANVIS Image Intensification Systems in U.S. Army Aviation" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-08-17.