An early version of the AN/PVS-7B goggle
|Place of origin||United States|
|In service||1985 – present|
|Used by||United States Armed Forces|
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
|Variants||AN/PVS-7A, AN/PVS-7B, AN/PVS-7C, AN/PVS-7D|
|Dimensions (LxHxW)||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)|
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. 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.
The designation AN/PVS translates to Army/Navy Portable Visual Search, according to Joint Electronics Type Designation System guidelines.
- "Night Vision History". Armasight.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- "A Performance History of AN/PVS-5 and ANVIS Image Intensification Systems in U.S. Army Aviation" (PDF). Usaarl.mil. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
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