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NEWS | Dec. 21, 2022

AN/PVS-14 NVD: PM to Light Your Way

BLUF: Heed these tips on maintaining the AN/PVS-14 NVD.

Soldier wearing AN/PVS-14 night vision device
Photo by Sgt. Adam Parent

This article initially appeared in PS 788, pp. 58-59 (Jul 18).
Dear Editor,

From our work servicing AN/PVS-14 night vision devices (NVDs), we offer these tips to help Soldiers see in the dark:
  • Don’t remove the light interference filter. Soldiers get the idea they can see better without the filter. Not true! Without the filter, infrared light can do a number on the image intensifier tube. It costs $1,500 to replace that tube. 
  • If parts go missing, get them replaced. They’re there for a purpose.  Without them, the AN/PVS-14 won’t perform as well or gets damaged. These are the items that usually disappear:
    • Eyeguard, NSN 6650-01-444-1229
    • Neck cord, NSN 4020-01-446-8097
    • Objective lens cap, NSN 5340-01-397-6608
    The lens cap is especially important because it lets you use the NVG when there’s a lot of ambient light.
    Let your armorer know when items are missing so he can replace them. 
  • As always, remove batteries for storage. Unless the AN/PVS-14 is going back to the field soon, its batteries need to be removed before the NVD goes on the shelf. Countless sights and NVGs are ruined because batteries leak during storage. Make battery removal part of the turn-in process.
Joey Harrington
Sheneka Jordan
Ft Polk, LA
Editor’s note: Thanks, folks! You’re lighting the way with these NVD tips. Don’t forget all AN/PVS-14s should be using the single battery housing, NSN 5855-01-523-4058. It makes removing and installing the battery much easier.
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