Currently standard issue for the US Armed Forces, the PVS-14 is the first choice for conducting combat operations to include dismounted terrain navigation in extremely low light conditions. The PVS-14 night vision system is now available with the latest Generation 3 filmless tube. Research innovators have now perfected the latest step in night vision technology by removing the ion film barrier within the night vision tube. Previous attempts at removing the film were inaccurately dubbed as “Generation 4” technology by a major company within the industry. In truth, the U.S. military contract was terminated because the process left the tubes too fragile for normal use. Now that the manufacturing process has been perfected, a robust Generation 3, filmless tube is available. The result is a more crisp image with less “halo effect” around bright lights, greater light sensitivity, and generally a greater signal-to-noise ratio. If there truly was an official “Generation 4” designation, this would be it. In addition, this version of the PVS-14 utilizes a white phosphor tube which projects in black and white. Gradations of black and white are preferred over the traditional green color by many who report the new white phosphor tubes are less straining to the eyes during extended viewing and users are able to detect a greater range of detail and contrast over green.
The highly versatile Sentry PVS-14 system can be adapted from a hand-held to a hands-free single eye goggle or as a night vision weapon system when coupled to a daytime close quarters battle sight. This version of the Sentry includes the hands-free headmount for ambidextrous use.
Simple user controls include a 3-position switch (OFF/ON/Momentary and constant IR). The built-in IR light is practical for map reading and illuminating close targets in complete darkness. The system’s Generation 3 image tube features Automatic Brightness Control and is protected by fully-automated sensors that shut off the unit within seconds if accidentally exposed to bright light. Sophisticated electronics turn off the PVS-14 when removed from the head or helmet mount or when shifted into to the “UP” position.
Lightweight, rugged and waterproof down to 66 feet, the PVS-14 Sentry is a powerful performer for use in confined as well as open spaces.