SiOnyx, a Massachusetts-based low-light sensor and camera specialist, has received an award valued at almost $20 million for the supply of digital night vision cameras for the US Army’s ambitious digital night vision programme.

The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) is a system designed to incorporate head, body, and weapon technologies on individual soldiers. It is a single platform that contact troops can fight, rehearse, and train with, that provides the increased lethality, mobility and situational awareness necessary to achieve overmatch against current and future adversaries. The system includes a squad-level combat training capability, vital for the repeated iterations of training and rehearsal needed to ensure potential future battlefield success.

The agreement was issued under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) managed by SOSSEC, Inc. and the Sensors, Communications and Electronics Consortium (SCEC), on behalf of the Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Directorate (NVESD). Under the award, SiOnyx is required to deliver low-light camera modules within two years for prototyping of low-light and night vision capabilities to the IVAS system.

A major component of the IVAS architecture will be the non-helmet low profile headborne camera/goggle system, into which the SiOnyx equipment will be integrated. (Photo via IEEE)

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