Army at Work on High-Tech Gear/New Rifle to Give Soldiers Winning Edge in Close Combat

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Source: U.S. Army,
Source: U.S. Army,

November 10, 2020 | Originally published by U.S. Army on October 28, 2020

FORT BENNING, Ga. – The Army is on track to equip its Soldiers with state-of-the-art gear that will give them a decisive edge in close-quarters combat, items that include a high-tech goggle, a more lethal rifle, and binoculars that see in the dark, a senior Army leader says in an official video.

The items are among those the Army is working with industry to develop for Soldiers to use on future battlefields in close combat against “near-peer” adversaries, Brig. Gen. David Hodne, the Army’s Chief of Infantry, says in the video.

Hodne also heads the Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Functional Team, which is working to develop the three items. Three other officers from the team also appear in the video.

What Hodne calls the “signature modernization efforts” are the Integrated Visual Augmentation System, known as IVAS; Next Generation Squad Weapons, or NGSW; and the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Binocular, or the ENVG-B.