Redlands, California—

TNVC and Safran Defense & Space, Inc. (Safran DSI), formerly Safran Optics 1, are excited to announce the release of the Thermal Augmentation Device (TAD), one of the most exciting new products in the Visual Augmentation Systems space—and available now for Pre-Order exclusively through TNVC!

Production units are rolling off the line now with the first commercial deliveries occurring by August! These initial units are available for Pre-Order at an introductory price of $6,500 and available with multiple bracket options, including PVS-14-based optical lens assemblies, the L3Harris BNVD (PVS-31) and GPNVG, and Elbit/EOTECH/Theon AN/PVS-31D (additional options available).

TAD is based on the AN/PAS-29B Enhanced Clip-On Thermal Imager (ECOTI), and is a small, lightweight system that clips on to almost any existing Night Vision Goggle system. TAD creates an instant thermal fusion capability without any permanent modification to the device or system by projecting a thermal overlay into the intensified image, providing the user with superior detection, situational awareness and identification capabilities compared to using an I2 or thermal system by itself.

At only 90 grams (including the mounting bracket and internal battery), TAD is smaller and lighter than the AN/PAS-29B ECOTI, while featuring an improved 672 x 544 10 µm uncooled LWIR microbolometer sensor while retaining the ECOTI’s 30o circular field of view (FOV), allowing users to detect moving man-sized signatures atup to 250M depending on conditions. TAD is also backwards compatible with most existing legacy AN/PAS-29A (COTI) and ECOTI mounting brackets.

TAD allows users to upgrade their existing systems to obtain and employ fusion capabilities at a low cost, without needing to purchase and field an entirely new goggle system. While dedicated systems and even systems like the ECOTI offer a tremendous range of capabilities, particularly with ATAK and other Augmented Reality integration capabilities, not all users may need them. TAD offers a “no frills” fusion at 40% less cost, making it ideal for commercial and law enforcement customers who simply want the thermal detection capabilities withoutneeding to use a secondary device like a handheld thermal monocular or having to pay for unused features.

“I2 / Thermal Fusion is becoming THE standard for headborne Visual Augmentation Systems,” notes TNVC COO, Augee Kim. “With devices like the ENVG-B and SBNVG becoming standardized across close combat formations across the DoD, I2 / Thermal Fusion offers a significant edge to users in extreme low light conditions and heavily wooded or shaded areas, including subterranean operations, as we begin to face adversaries with their own night vision capabilities.”

TAD, created and manufactured by Safran DSI, is available exclusively at for Pre-Order with commercial deliveries expected to begin by August!

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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