Exelis has secured a contract for supply of its i-Aware tactical mobility night vision goggles (TM-NVG) to an undisclosed international customer.

Exelis night vision and tactical communications systems division president Nick Bobay said: ”Our advanced goggle provides this international customer with an increased operational effectiveness using the latest in night vision technology while still providing the ability to build to a system with increased capabilities.”

Designed in collaboration with Selex ES and the Italian Army, i-Aware is an advanced, multi-purpose NVG designed to connect dismounted soldiers to the tactical network, and provide real-time video access to critical tactical intelligence for improved decision-making in the battlefield.

Capable of enhancing operational effectiveness in both night and daytime missions, the goggles offer the same night-vision capabilities in a light-weight binocular as the AN/PVS-14 goggles, but with advanced technical features to augment soldier mobility.

Integrated with the capability to transmit and receive imagery from the soldier’s point of view, the lightweight third-generation device also offers integrated colour video, advanced imagery displays, and shared situational awareness to enhance soldiers’ operational effectiveness in both night and daytime missions.

i-Aware can either be operated independently or as part of a larger network comprising the Exelis SpearNet team member radio. Additional features include video import and export capabilities, GPS viewing, mapping, as well as command text messages.

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Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place during 2014.

Exelis is also supplying the goggles in support of the Italian Army’s Future Soldier modernisation programme, as part of a contract awarded by Selex ES in April.

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