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JULY 2020

US Army’s New Weapon: Special Goggles Allow Soldiers To Shoot Around Corners

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The United States Army recently awarded BAE Systems $97 Million in orders for new night vision goggles and thermal weapon sights for the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III/FWS-I) program. The all-in-one weapon sight system allows soldiers to acquire and eliminate enemy targets through a wireless connection that transmits the weapon’s crosshairs and surrounding imagery directly into the soldier’s goggles.

US Army's New Weapon: Special Goggles Allow Soldiers To Shoot Around Corners

BAE Systems ENVG III/FWS-I integrated system uses a wireless connection that transmits the weapon sight’s aim point and surrounding imagery directly into the soldier’s goggles. (Source: BAE)

With both units wirelessly integrated, soldiers are on the verge of using weapon sight imagery and aim to point technology that can wirelessly transmit the gun’s sights to the soldier’s goggles with one click of a button – for a quick tactical edge during close combat warfare.

In other words, soldiers are about to receive futuristic devices that replace traditional night vision goggles with integrated systems, and allow troops on the battlefield to “shoot around corners, see-through dense vegetation, and smoke, plus distinguish friend from foe,” said USA Today.

“It is no longer just a night vision device,” said Army Col. Christopher Schneider, the project manager for the system that can be worn night and day. “The enemy cannot see we are targeting him until we pull the trigger.”

BAE Systems promotional video titled: Own the night with ENVG III/FWS-I

(By integrating night vision goggles and weapon-mounted thermal sights into one system, BAE Systems’ Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III/FWS-I) solution makes darkness a tactical advantage for the dismounted soldier. (Source: BAE Systems via YouTube)

“Aiming to provide the most technically advanced and lightweight solution possible, our goggles allow soldiers to quickly detect and engage targets for a tactical edge,” Marc Casseres, director of Precision Guidance and Sensing Solutions at BAE Systems, said in a recent BAE press release.

“When fully integrated with the FWS-I weapon sight, the combined solution provides superior imagery and a target acquisition capability that can greatly increase mission success and survivability,” he added.

The high-tech goggles are part of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) modernization program to keep the United States Armed Forces technologically ahead of China and Russia, which, in recent years, has shown they are quickly catching up. USA Today notes that the DoD has spent more than 17 years in Afghanistan and Iraq, as China and Russia have studied the various strategies and technologies deployed on the Middle East battlefield.

“Our adversaries have been studying our strengths and our vulnerabilities and are developing capabilities to exploit those vulnerabilities,” Gen. Mark Milley, the Army’s chief of staff, warned in a speech last year.

“They have steadily eroded our competitive advantage and are rapidly closing the capability gap that we have long enjoyed,” he added.

US Army's New Weapon: Special Goggles Allow Soldiers To Shoot Around Corners

A thermal sight on an M4 service rifle is connected wirelessly to the new night vision goggles attached to a soldier’s helmet. (Source: Jack Gruber, USA Today)

US Army's New Weapon: Special Goggles Allow Soldiers To Shoot Around Corners

Integrated situational awareness and thermal targeting system. (Source: BAE)

USA Today points out that America’s rapid modernization program is the most significant in five decades, as China and Russia’s technological advancements have alarmed U.S. military officials.

“With U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the Army has embarked on its largest modernization programs since the Vietnam War nearly five decades ago to overhaul its weapons, training and tactics.

The post-Vietnam revamping transformed a large draft Army with discipline and other problems into a smaller all-volunteer fighting force equipped with modern weapons and better-trained troops.

The problems are not as desperate now, but officials are worried about the progress that Russia and China have made. Technological breakthroughs are cheaper and happen faster than decades ago when America could count on its advantages in industry and technology to power the military

“We still maintain overmatch, but they are closing the gap,” Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy said in a recent interview.

McCarthy said that Army is in the process of establishing a Futures Command headquarters — based in an urban environment with close relationships to academic institutions and local industry. The Army wants a location that “will help us think differently and get more people from the country to help us solve problems,” he explained.

At $23,000 a pop, the Army plans to field 36,000 FWS-Is and 64,000 ENGV IIIs to combat teams in the second half of 2018.

A soldier with the advanced goggles will be able to fire an assault rifle around corners or above his or her head because of the wireless sights attached to the Picatinny rail of the weapon. The ability to field the goggles before the next war breaks out will be critical for urban warfare in densely populated cities.

“We won’t be able to avoid the dense urban terrain or the megacities in the future,” said Maj. Gen. Maria Gervais, deputy commanding general of the Army’s combined arms center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

War is coming. The Army is preparing.

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  • R PLobo

    Which army of women and children will the US be using these weapons on?

    • FlorianGeyer

      The US civilian population I suspect in time. :)

    • Dr. Pro Liv

      all children left in corner apparently

    • OpenNewPage

      Uncle Sam does not have to consider a cost of killing somebody.

  • Michał Hunicz

    Wallhack cheating in real life? Russia should produce this and send to Syria immediately.

  • Serious

    Don’t build weapons. Weapons are useless !!! XD.

  • Daniel Miller

    This system is nothing new the Ratnik system had this as well.

    • velociraptor

      ratnik is for rats

      • Daniel Miller

        your statment dose not make sense unless you are a butthurt idiot whom can no spell for shit and has not real argument :D

  • Serious

    Syrian soldiers even don’t have helmets because Arabs think that helmets are useless. XD.

    • Merijn

      This IDF-Soldier doesn’t Wear a Helmet either so Syrian Soldiers aren’t the Only Ones

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0fe5f19bb9e2b41cd686b1368d8aa845d22232a9804e8ae92be678ff109a1016.jpg

      • Serious

        It’s not a war, it’s extermination. So, don’t need helmets.

        • Merijn

          I thought Helmets were a good idea because these Kids Throw Rocks… that’s why they always have to empty their guns at these Kids right?

      • Mike

        Hey isn’t that smaug in the picture.

        • Merijn

          Can’t tell with 100% certainty… that dude got a panty on his head…

          • goingbrokes

            That condom on his head makes him a dick-head.

  • Serious

    While Americans are building weapons, others pray 5 times a day, talk on coffee shops, give their ass to the west, go fight for the ghost Al Baghdadi, rely on Russia or China …. and then they cry that their country is destroyed. XD.

    • Merijn

      Their Countries were Destroyed by the Americans… and with the Gold & Resources the Gringos stole, they financed the research to develop these Toys… and to make Mo’ Money on Wall Street..

      • Serious

        If Americans have destroyed their country why are they collaborating with USA ?????

        • Merijn

          Because America always Kills the Legitimate President and than replace him with a Puppet of their own… their “Cheerleader”…or Lapdog most of the time sum Assmuncher…

          • Serious

            The iraqi people is shit and love USA. If these low life didn’t take weapons to fight for a fucking ghost Al Baghdadi, nothing will have happened. Thus, they love also, their fucking stupid saudis sunnis “friends”.

            They are stupid and corrupted.

  • John

    Not for nothing but, I don’t think it is going to work out so great, especially when the other fellas with their gear, can see them through the wall, after which they just shoot through the wall. It seems to be just another ‘cool’ tool which only serves as a way of making another payoff in the DoD system. My take on it.

  • Manofjustice

    I’m pretty sure they learned from being embedded with the TAKFIRI TERRORISTS & their ISIS buddies when they use indirect fire with their rifles, without even looking at the target or aiming properly with the rifle…THEY FOUND THE SOLUTION !
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b9e85459c87a0b775e7a38e86538037b9ee046c014f20a1a2c089c3596cf1c9.png

    • Ryder

      I remember seeying the video of this guy in the photo a long time, I’m pretty sure he got headshoted if I’m not mistaken

      • World_Eye

        Yes he got headshot right on the spot. I have seen it too.

      • Manofjustice

        I’m pretty sure a lot of embedded US/BRITISH/FRENCH intelligence officers and “special” forces, suffered the same fate in Syria.

  • frankly

    The Borg have come to life! Reminds me of how the Connecticut Highway Patrol got cancer of the eye from using handheld radars. Certainly they put more thought into product design these days, hmm.

  • Dr. Pro Liv

    Gadget army.
    Unfortunately for them world is not built out of the corners only.
    Do they have any gadget for growing a pair of balls…US warriors need them badly.

    • frankly

      Probably more around motivation than inherent courage. Fighting to keep corporations profitable versus fighting to save your homes and families. More crap to carry. I heard they are more concerned with energy drinks than ammo. Hope the batteries last. In construction the batteries die when you need them the most. Up in a Genie almost finished, blah.

      • Dr. Pro Liv

        you’ve got point there

    • nshah

      Indeed.. they only brave in front of defenseless.. They don’t need balls anyway.. as most of them are faggots.. lol..

      • Dr. Pro Liv

        indeed “the land of the brave” has become “the land of the ball-less”

  • John Whitehot

    do they also intend to use curved barrels in their guns? otherwise there’s not much point in acquiring a target beyond a corner only to exit cover to engage it.

    perhaps they are studying these wunderwaffen?

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/_hVOW2U7K4-M/SdvM-z-WR5I/AAAAAAAA-Hk/12wCKQvPbjQ/s640/rthetghdrfdf.jpg

    http://www.ppsh41.com/ppsh-45.JPG

  • Smaug

    I’ve heard about this before, it’s been used experimentally for a couple years. Users say that it’s like something straight from sci-fi, it makes small scale maneuvering much more efficient as the display also shows a map that commanders can draw plans on, the battery lasts up to 12 hours and can be easily changed out, it weighs about 10 pounds, and so on.

    • Merijn
      • Smaug

        If you don’t have anything to say about a subject you know nothing about, don’t say anything.

        • Merijn

          Well you didn’t have to say anything about it either… but you still did… are you an Elitist? You must have the Monopoly of saying nothing about anything right?

          • World_Eye

            He is a fucking Zionists kid

          • Merijn

            That’s what I already thought….a Supremacist

        • Mike

          Israeli loving Saudi subhuman scumbag like you, never really have anything to say.

    • frankly

      Sounds like you read the manufacturer’s promo. That is your thing isn’t it, spreading lies!

    • Mike

      You are delusion piece of shit, you know that smaug.

      • Smaug

        Do you have reason to doubt what I said, or are you angry that you cannot halt my influence over Disqus dialogues?

        • Vitex

          None of us has much influence. Don’t delude yourself :)

  • World_Eye

    The Russian SF had one of these on exercise once, but they are bullshit anyway, they are so easy to counter, with flash grenades and EMP blast nades.It’s just toys for kids. Yes maybe will come handy for some terror hostage situation in some mall where there can be multiple enemies on watch point. But in real battle nope, this is garbage and waste of money.

    • velociraptor

      you are a lost nihil

  • frankly

    You know if they really wanted to save troops they would put more effort into diplomacy. I would call it a money maker not a life saver.

    • Merijn

      The Best way to Save Troops is Not Going to War…

      • jerry hamilton

        There’s no profit in that.

  • goingbrokes

    Evil war tech. None of this is necessary for defending your country, but it is highly desirable for empire troops fighting on foreign soils. For any government this is a complete waste of money.

    • velociraptor

      I thing, sovets in stalingrad were happ, if had such gun.

  • Vitex

    Will still get killed by 1974-era AKs.

    • velociraptor

      But not around corner. :P

  • Nevins Harding

    That money would help rebuild the worn out roads that we have in the US

    • chris chuba

      Or a 911 system with a geolocation system, I watched a news report where the dispatcher and police couldn’t locate a boy trapped beneath the seat of a minivan who was able to make a cell phone call. He died, still haunts me.

  • Nevins Harding

    These sights will end up in the Israeli army which will make it easier to finish off the protesters who are near death on the ground. They can rest the weapon on their beer belly and won’t have to lift the gun. Great for killing grandmas.

    • Jens Holm

      I am out of context, but Israel has invented a good shooting around corners small assault for urban warfare many years ago. I do not know if they use it or its a kind of USI version.

  • Jens Holm

    37 Palestinians killed themselves in Jerusalem today.

  • TS

    this stuff is incredibly expensive and if the Russians went to CCD optics with CCD screens they could make an equivalent for 1/10th the price or less.. The ‘at any cost’ USA equipment is causing great corruption in the MIC of the USA.

  • jerry hamilton

    This is hilarious. “through a wireless connection that transmits the weapon’s crosshairs and surrounding imagery directly into the soldier’s goggles.”
    And they start to build these AFTER learning that the Russians can disable all their electronics.

  • JustPassingThrough

    of course that is assuming the enemy is not armed and not thermally monitoring its enemy and that the transmission link between weapon and human is always working. the idf and the amis should love this one for killing sleeping civilians.