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Defence invests in new night-fighting capability

Mission Systems Australia will develop a data fusion system to combine II and TI imagery in a soldier’s Night Vision Goggles. Photo: Mission Systems Australia

The ADF will soon be equipped with a new night-fighting capability under a $173 million defence contract. More than 5,500 helmet-mounted night vision systems employing data fusion technology will be delivered to the ADF under Project LAND53, combining Image Intensification (II) with Thermal Imaging (TI) to improve visibility and target detection in low or no light situations.

Fremantle-based Missions Systems Australia Pty Limited, a subsidiary of L3Harris, has been awarded the contract to deliver the capability which is expected to be rolled out by 2023.

Minister for Defence Hon Linda Reynolds said the equipment will ensure Australian soldiers are better equipped to fight and win in all conditions.

“The new fused night vision systems will provide greater survivability to our ADF personnel through increased situational awareness and the ability to detect movement at greater distances,” she said. “The fused night vision system will also allow augmented reality enhancements, including location and navigation data in the heads-up display.

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