C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

US Army integrating night vision, thermal optics for weapons targeting

31 July 2017

The US Army in the next two years is scheduled to begin delivering new soldier- and weapons-borne optics to ease target acquisition for riflemen.

Family of Weapon Sights – Individual (FWS-I) is a weapon-mounted long-wave infrared sensor that provides imagery, including a reticle boresighted, to the shooter.

Notably, it can be wirelessly connected to the soldier’s Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG) III to transmit the weapon’s imagery with reticle within the ENVG III image. The goggle has a 40-degree field of view and the sight an 18-degree field of view, so ultimately the user gets a wider field of view than if looking through a weapon optic only, Major Kevin Smith, assistant programme manager for FWS-I and RTA, told Jane’s .

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