The Digital Battlefield promises major improvements for the modern warfighter, and has been in development for several years. Many of the key components needed to collect, analyze, process, and disseminate that information have been developed and are now largely fielded. The component that has prevented the Digital Battlefield from being implemented is the Warfighter’s interface – presenting precise information directly to the Warfighter without engendering information overload. Several daytime systems have been developed that provide test beds for operator evaluation, but do not operate at night and in degraded visual environments (DVE). The Digital Enhanced Vision System (DEVS) now provides a device that works in all conditions – both day and night – and provides much greater performance than traditional image intensifier devices, while presenting real-time imagery to the operator at very low latency that meets threshold and approaches objective requirements.
DEVS is a compact helmet mounted night/day imaging system that provides low-light visual, SWIR and thermal viewing through a near-eye display. The system has a 50° D FOV, allowing the user to have a major FOV improvement compared to current I2 night vision goggles. System latency has been reduced to around 20ms – less than half the latency of the new F-35 goggles at 42ms. The system is designed to connect readily into the ‘Digital Battlefield” allowing improved SA to each dismounted operator. The TRL8 system is scheduled for completion in early ’19.