Aviation Specialties Unlimited (ASU), distributor of NVIS equipment, gave Rotor & Wing a look at the next step in night vision technology at the company’s Heli-Expo booth. ASU demonstrated new unfilmed image intensifier tubes (made by L-3).
The unfilmed tubes provide greater reliability and enhanced low light level performance with better resolution, smaller halos, and increased clarity. The familiar green image is now more blue-grey due to the use of white phosphor, improving perception and decreasing eye strain, according to ASU.
“It’s the completion of a circle that was started 10 or 15 years ago,” noted Joe Estrera, vice president and chief technology officer. The robust nature of the new design will increase the time between overhaul, reducing maintenance costs while at the same time increasing safety, he added.
Related: Night Vision News