Bonn, 26 January – The OCCAR-EA Director has signed a second amendment to the Night Vision Goggles Contract on behalf of Belgium and Germany for the procurement of additional Night Vision Goggles and In-Service Support with the Consortium of Hensoldt Optronics GmbH and THEON Sensors SA.
A total of today 4,550 MIKRON Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Sets for Belgium and 11,775 MIKRON NVG Sets for Germany have been successfully delivered, alongside important accessories and In-Service Support for the Belgian Sets. The NVG Contract Amendment No. 2 adds an additional 3,500 MIKRON NVG Sets for Belgium, initial In-Service Support for Germany and changes to the In-Service Support for Belgium. Furthermore, it includes options for an additional 16,041 NVG Sets for Germany, and up to 25,000 additional NVG Sets for Belgium and/or Germany, an additional 8,423 Head Mounting Systems for Germany, and initial and follow-on In-Service Support for the additional NVG Sets.
Belgian and German representatives highlighted the continued outstanding achievements of the Night Vision Capability (NVC) Programme and the highly performing management provided by OCCAR as well as the close cooperation between the two Nations.
The MIKRON NVG is a light weight, image intensified, dual tube binocular that is able to be operated helmet-mounted, head-mounted, or hand-held. The system also features an integrated infrared illuminator. For momentary configuration changes, the user can flip away each monocular separately. The MIKRON is powered by a self-contained single AA battery but can also be used with a remote battery pack for increased operating time.
The aim of the NVC programme is to increase Belgium’s and Germany’s night vision capability of dismounted soldiers and drivers of military vehicles. In addition, the common procurement of the NVGs will increase the interoperability and decrease the logistic footprint in operational theatres where both Nations are deployed together.
Photo courtesy Belgian Defence © Gert-Jan D´haene