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In conditions of limited visibility, night vision technology improves the ability of actors on the battlefield to observe, move, and deliver effects. The Participating States of the NVC Programme, Belgium and Germany, intend to achieve the required capabilities in regard of the NATO Capability Target L1201 “Advanced Individual Combat Capability” by securing the maximum benefits achievable through the pursuit of common development, procurement and in-service support. This approach ensures a common basic night vision capability of dismounted soldiers and drivers of military vehicles. The common procurement of NVC equipment increases the interoperability and decreases the logistic footprint in operational theatres where both Nations are deployed together.

Since May 2020, the NVC Programme manages the procurement of night vision goggles (NVGs) for Belgium and Germany. In March 2023, the NVC Programme was integrated into the Small Programmes Programme Division (SP PD).

For the placement of the NVGs contract, OCCAR-EA followed a Competitive Negotiated Procedure, resulting in a Europe-wide competition with a strong field of tenderers. Finally, the Most Economically Advantageous Tender, the NVG MIKRON from the consortium Hensoldt Optronics GmbH – Theon Sensors SA, was selected for Contract Award, with contract signature on 22 June 2021.

On 05 July 2022, a contract amendment to the NVGs contract was signed. This amendment activated an option of additional 20,000 MIKRON NVG Sets for the German Armed Forces while at the same time accelerating the delivery schedules for both Nations in light of the changed geopolitical situation.

A second contract amendment to the NVGs contract was signed on 26 January 2024. This amendment includes the supply of additional 3,500 MIKRON NVG Sets to the Belgian Armed Forces and initial In-Service Support for the German NVG Sets.

In total, the contract now covers the acquisition of 8,050 MIKRON NVG Sets for Belgium and 25,000 MIKRON NVG Sets for Germany. Furthermore, it includes the provision of Initial Spare Parts, training, documentation, 1,789 Head Mounting Systems for Germany and initial In-Service Support (ISS) of five years for Belgium and Germany. The contract also secures inter alia firm prices for options that cover follow-on ISS, additional deliveries of NVG Sets as well as accessories for both Nations.

Delivery of the final batch for Belgium is planned for the third quarter of 2025, while Germany will receive the last NVG sets in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Night Vision Capability Participating States


For further information about the NVC Programme, please contact the Programme Division or the Contractor (consortium Hensoldt Optronics GmbH-Theon Sensors SA).


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