Night vision binoculars are essential for spotting a threat at an early stage. BMP4 states that a proper lookout is the single most effective method of vessel protection and night vision binoculars will help extend the range that you can identify a potential threat at night and have sufficient time to prepare defenses and procedures to protect the vessel and crew.
There are different grades of night vision binoculars which all use light intensifier tubes, the quality and range at which the night vision binoculars work depend on the “Generation” of image intensifier tube used, in particular the level of light they will work in, the resolution and clarity of the image.
How do you choose which night vision binoculars you should use? As a general rule, the higher the Generation the better the performance – you can see at a longer range and in lower light levels.
Generation 1 is too low performance to be used for counter piracy lookout.
Generation 2+ is the best cost / performance model available. This is available without an export permit.
Generation 3 is the best performance, with higher resolution and best range in lowest light levels, however, an export permit must be obtained which takes about 5 weeks.
To extend the range of use, simply fit the optional 3x, 4x, 5x or 8x lenses with the above binoculars.