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JB MDL converts to white phosphor NVGs for KC-46A

  • Published
  • By Airman 1st Class Simonne Barker
  • 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airmen from the 305th Air Mobility Wing have been maintaining vital mission implementations to complete the conversion from legacy green night vision goggles to white phosphor NVGs for the KC-46A Pegasus at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Legacy green NVGs have been utilized for decades and proved to be successful in missions. However, the advancement to white phosphor NVGs for the KC-46A marks a significant improvement. This upgrade introduces a broader color spectrum to the operator’s visual field and allows for improved object recognition, depth perception, and overall situational awareness, especially in low-light conditions. This enhancement provides a significant advantage for KC-46A crews during critical nighttime missions, proving JB MDL’s commitment to technology and fueling our ability to achieve mission success.

“White phosphor NVGs allow for a higher figure of merit, which means less static or noise in the image,” stated Senior Airman Jesse Flett, 305th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. “The image becomes clearer and allows for better depth perception and interpretation of lighting.”  

As this transition unfolds, the Air Force anticipates the integration of white phosphor NVGs across the KC-46A fleet. This conversion reaffirms the commitment to maintaining technological superiority and improving mission capability.

“During nighttime ops and blackout procedures, using white phosphor NVGs will allow the aircrew to identify buildings, landmarks and potential threats much more effectively,” Flett said. “This also improves our ability to remain incognito so the enemy doesn’t know where we’re operating.”

JB MDL’s newly enhanced night vision capabilities for the KC-46A showcase our dedication to innovation and excellence while sustaining vital mission implementations to maintain air superiority.