A consortium of Hensoldt Optronics and THEON Sensors has received a contract from the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation Executive Administration (OCCAR-EA) to produce night vision goggles (NVG).

The contract is the result of a Europe-wide competitive bid. It was signed by the OCCAR-EA director and representatives of industry in Bonn, Germany.

The NVG contract comprises the production of 4,550 MIKRON NVG sets for Belgium and 5,000 MIKRON NVG sets for Germany.

It also includes the provision of initial spare parts, training, documentation, and 1,789 head mounting systems for Germany.

Furthermore, the contract includes initial in-service support (ISS) of five years for Belgium.

According to OCCAR, the contract also secures firm prices for options that cover initial ISS for Germany, follow-on ISS for both Belgium and Germany, and the acquisition of up to 20,000 extra NVG sets.

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MIKRON NVG features an integrated infrared illuminator and is powered by a self-contained single AA battery.

The lightweight, image intensified, dual tube binocular also operates with a remote battery pack. It can be used either as helmet-mounted, head-mounted, or hand-held.

The first delivery of a small number of NVG sets is scheduled for next month. This will facilitate the start of an Operational Testing and Acceptance campaign.

Meanwhile, the first production batch for Belgium will be delivered by the end of this year. The final batch will be handed over in the first quarter of 2024.

OCCAR launched the Night Vision Capability (NVC) programme at the Bonn site in May last year.

In the first stage, the programme involves the development, production and optional in-service phases of NVGs.

The programme is aimed at increasing the night-vision capability of Belgium’s and Germany’s ‘dismounted soldiers and drivers’ of army vehicles.