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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 service1988–present[1]
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[2]
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 vision (°)40 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.[3] 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.[2]

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


  1. ^ Pike, John. "AN/PVS-7 Night Vision Goggle". FAS Military Analysis Network. Archived from the original on 10 June 2022. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Night Vision History". Archived from the original on 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. ^ "A Performance History of AN/PVS-5 and ANVIS Image Intensification Systems in U.S. Army Aviation" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-03-29. Retrieved 2013-08-17.