Useful Links

dq essential tools imr site red anual magazine imr deluxe
Home » Night Vision India 2019

Event Review

The Indian Armed Forces have felt the need to build night fighting capabilities urgently.  The NVDs held by the armed forces are not hi-tech and the inventory is small. 

The Indian Army has 2nd-gen devices and requires new 3rd-gen Thermal Imaging (TI) and night vision devices for soldiers and night sights for rifles. The Indian Army alone has a requirement of over 30,000 third generation NVDs to meet its requirements as per the present war establishment (WE) authorisation. There is a need to further enhance these holdings as presently only one device is authorised per section. Currently, only one soldier in a ten-man section is authorised to possess an NVG set, but the army wants to increase this ratio to 50 percent of personnel.

Almost 80 percent of the tanks lacked night fighting capabilities. The process to equip tanks is in hand. However, the gap is large and would take time to bridge since both T-72 and T-90 need to be equipped with better NVDs.

Night Vision Devices (NVDs) are also in use in Police Department and Paramilitary Forces (Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Borders Security Force (BSF), Assam Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and National Security Guard (NSG).

The demand of Passive Night Vision goggles (PSVGs) is the highest followed by platform optronics, hand held thermals, Weapon Night Sights (WNS), Thermal Imaging Weapon Sights, Para Military Forces (PMS) Weapon Sights, Para Military Forces (PMS) PNVGs and lastly followed by MSN.

Projected Market Size

uring the period 2018-2023, the three armed forces are likely to spend a whopping Rs 23000 crores ($3.6 bn) on electro-optics systems with the NVD segment constituting about Rs 12500 crores ($2 bn) of the total Electro-Optics market. 

The demand of Passive Night Vision goggles (PSVGs) is the highest in the market followed by platform optronics, hand held thermals, weapon night sights (WNS), thermal imaging weapon sights, weapon sights, integrated observation equipment and standalone infrared, seismic and acoustic sensors.

Till date, India has been able to fulfill most of its requirement of NVDs through imports. As far as the indigenous manufacturing of NVDs is concerned, Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) is the biggest supplier of night vision equipment to the armed forces. A number of private players have now entered the market because of the lucrative size of the market.


Official Partner


Official Media