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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 forces and of drivers of military vehicles. The common procurement of NVC equipment beginning with the acquisition of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) increases the interoperability and decreases the logistic footprint in operational theatres where both Nations are deployed together.

For the placement of the NVGs Contract OCCAR-EA followed the Competitive Negotiated Procedure of OCCAR with the publication of a Contract Notice in March 2020, 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.

The NVGs Contract signed at the OCCAR premises in Bonn on 22 June 2021, covers the acquisition of 4,550 MIKRON NVG Sets for Belgium and 5,000 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. The contract also secures firm prices for options that cover initial ISS for Germany, follow-on ISS for both Nations, and the procurement of additional NVG Sets.

A first, small number of NVG Sets and initial spare parts was delivered in July 2021 to start an Operational Testing and Acceptance (OT&A) campaign. The delivery of the first production batch to Belgium, including the complete initial spare parts package, took place in October and November 2021.Delivery of the last batch is planned for the first quarter of 2024. The initial In-Service Support (ISS) for Belgium will start in April 2022.

Night Vision Capability Participating States

Night Vision Capability




The selected NVG MIKRON from Theon Sensors SA is an innovative, light weight, image intensified, dual tube binocular that is able to be operated helmet-mounted, head-mounted, or hand-held.

  • Light NVG dual tube binocular (<470g)
  • 16 mm tubes with the similar performance as 18 mm devices
  • > 40° Field of view
  • Rugged and user-friendly design
  • Binocular stereoscopic vision for greater depth perception
  • Manual Gain Control
  • Integrated Infrared Illuminator
  • Independent Flip away & Flip up function - reduced silhouette
  • large eye relief for improved comfort
  • Mounts for a wide range of helmets including VAS shroud
  • > 24 hours operating time with a self-contained single AA battery
  • Can also be used with an external battery pack for increased operating time
  • NVG Sets customizable
For further information about the NVC Programme please contact the Programme Division or the Contractor (consortium Hensoldt Optronics GmbH – Theon Sensors SA).