Night Vision Systems

Our Hyper™, Vyper™ and PD-PRO night vision lines are engineered for rugged and reliable performance

PD-PRO-16B Binocular NVG

PD-PRO-16B Binocular NVG


The PD-PRO-16B meets all mission critical needs in an extremely small and lightweight package. Designed for operations in harsh environments worldwide, the system is rugged, light and powerful.

The military grade quality and craftsmanship is also a favorite of the hunters and outdoorsmen.

*Comparison based on the average of available 18mm binocular systems

  • 25% smaller*
  • Features a Photonis 4G 16mm tube
  • Available with white or green phosphor
  • Available only in the US


The Photonis Defense PD-PRO-16B is the lightest and smallest binocular device available to the market. Designed from the ground up around the Photonis 4G 16mm tube, the PD-PRO-16B takes full advantage of all the capabilities of its 18mm cousin and demonstrates outstanding performance across the full spectrum of mission-critical needs.

Strong, environmentally resistant, and logically designed, the PD-PRO-16B sets a new standard for performance in a much more compact package. Every component incorporated into the device is designed to maximize the systems 4G performance. An aerospace metal alloy housing makes it environmentally resistant to an electromagnetic pulse, extreme heat, cold, and salt. Each PD-PRO device is water-resistant to industry-leading levels; specialized objective lenses using German proprietary optical coatings take advantage of the full spectrum capability of the image intensifier tube. A long-lasting battery extends your operational use well beyond current standards.

The PD-PRO-16B is what operators have been asking for but unable to get with a standard 18mm system.

Basic Kit Includes: PD-PRO-16B goggle, soft carry bag, daylight safe lens caps, eyecups, sacrificial filters, AA battery, lens cleaning device, custom storage case, quick start guide, access to digital operators manual. *Note: Dive variant only, tested to 2-hour/20-meter US MIL-STD-810G requirement. The standard variant is submersible to 10 meters. Please note that salt water restrictions apply to the magnesium PD-PRO-16B variant.

The PD-PRO-16B is only available in the United States from Photonis Defense and authorized distributors.

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Additional Features

For years military professionals, hunters, law enforcement officers and a variety of other night vision users and enthusiasts have been craving lighter and smaller night vision goggles. Years of use have shown that in many cases heavy systems may be the contributing factor to head, neck and shoulder injuries among night vision users. With this knowledge, we worked alongside current and former military personnel, to design and produce night vision goggles that are significantly smaller and lighter than current systems on the market. We were able to achieve this goal by utilizing our very own evolutionary 4G 16mm image intensifier tubes and 4G Hybrid-18mm tubes to create the PD-PRO Series. The PD-PRO series is truly re-defining the night vision standard with smaller and lighter systems that still maintain exceptionally high performance.

Each PD-PRO night vision goggle offers users the unique ability to see 30% more of the visible light spectrum, from below 400nm to above 1,000nm. We’ve labeled this feature Hypersense™ for its ability to give operators superior situational awareness in their surroundings and the option to utilize laser designators and illuminators that are not visible to night vision goggles using standard industry image intensifiers. Night vision professionals using a PD-PRO system equipped with Hypersense™ get a superior advantage out in the field with the ability to see more of their surroundings. Before the release of the PD-PRO series this distinctive capability had never been seen on any other leading night vision systems.

The PD-PRO Series was specifically designed to maximize the capabilities and performance of each individual component. For low-light level operations night vision professionals require a high level of contrast, definition and resolution in order to move throughout their environment, this is where Spec Optics™ comes in. Spec Optics™ refers to the precision German manufactured optics that have been coated and specifically formulated to enhance the performance of a Photonis 4G image intensifier tube. Each PD-PRO system is equipped with our innovative Spec Optics™ to ensure that you can get the best possible performance out of your image intensifier tube and harness the true power of Hypersense™.

Only a PD-PRO night vision device equipped with an evolutionary 4G image intensifier tube can deliver the highest performance in all field and lighting conditions. Each 4G tube is held up to your 4G Technology standard that is defined by the very minimum specifications needed by modern night vision users. Only a 4G tube can provide the smallest and most transparent halo, crystal-clear resolution, and a high definition of contrast to provide accurate situational awareness for the operator. Additionally, Photonis 4G image intensifier tubes are equipped with the fastest Auto-Gating in the industry that reacts over 3x faster than the blink of an eye to sudden lighting transitions, such as weapon flashes, flash-bangs, or other dynamic lighting conditions.


Horizontal Field of View (FOV) 41°
Vertical Field of View (FOV) 40°
Focus Range 7.9 inches to infinity
Spectral Sensitivity Below 400nm to above 1,000 nm
Tube Type Auto-Gated Photonis 4G 16mm
Battery Life 20 hours @ 72°F (21°C) w/ lithium batteries
Operating Temp -60°F to +131°F (21°C to +55°C)
Weight < 17.2 oz (< 490 grams) with internal battery
Magnesium Model Weight < 15.9 oz (< 450 grams) with internal battery
Submersible* 66 feet (20 meters)


Each PD-PRO Series device can be customized to a user’s unique requirements. Contact our PD-PRO specialists for assistance with choosing the right options for your specific application, or see an authorized distributor.

White Phosphor

White Phosphore Example

The latest technological achievement providing the greatest clarity of image when operating in urban, desert or forested environments. For these applications, the night vision user should turn to a white phosphor tube. Studies have shown that night-time scenes appear remarkably more natural in black and white versus the usual green. White phosphor also provides much clearer information about the contrast, shapes and shadows within an environment.

Main Benefits
  • Greater image clarity
  • Scenes appear more natural
  • Clearer information regarding contrast, shapes, shadows
  • Perfect for urban, desert or forested environments


Green Phosphore Example

The industry standard for more than 40 years, green phosphor is the perfect choice for operators that complete missions in the jungle or deep dark areas of the world. The enhanced contrast and depth required for operating in these densely packed environments are ideally suited to the green phosphor coating. The higher gains and stronger contrasts of the green phosphor enable the clarity of image required for those operating without the advantage of ambient light sources to enhance the image.

Main Benefits
  • Enhanced contrast and depth
  • Higher gain and contrast provide better clarity
  • Perfect for jungle or deep dark environments

Lightweight Aerospace Aluminum Alloy

Aerospace Aluminum Swatch

The PD-PRO system goggle housing can be manufactured out of high-grade lightweight aerospace quality aluminum alloy for the strongest, lightest, dependable, and most durable system in any environment. From arctic cold to desert heat the PD-PRO systems will operate under the most adverse environmental conditions throughout the world. The PD-PRO family of systems have been hardened to mitigate the impact of temperature extremes on the integrity of a system and eliminates the inherent material expansion/contraction challenges found with polymer-based systems. The PD-PRO-16B and 16M standard variants are waterproof to 10-meters (33-feet) and are also available in a diver’s configuration that extends the water depth certification to 20-meters (66-feet).


Magnesium Swatch

For significant weight savings, the PD-PRO-16B and PD-PRO-16M goggle can be manufactured out of magnesium. This material provides a high degree of tensile strength in a lighter weight package making it an ideal solution for applications where weight is a significant issue for the operator without sacrificing durability. The PD-PRO-16B and 16M are waterproof to 10-meters (33-feet) in-depth but are not certified as dive compatible. Please note that saltwater restrictions apply to the magnesium variant.

System housings are available in standard black, desert tan and olive green but can be ordered by the operator with specific color needs in mind. Please contact your distributor or a Photonis Defense representative for more information.

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