Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate

CERDEC’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate researches and develops sensor and sensor suite technologies for air and ground intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition under adverse battlefield conditions in day and night-time environments.

CERDEC's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, located at Fort Belvoir, Va., is "The Army's Sensor Developer," conducting research and development that provides U.S. land forces with advanced sensor technology to dominate the 21st-century digital battlefield.

NVESD exploits sensor and sensor suite technologies to:

  • See, acquire, and target opposing forces, day or night, under adverse battlefield environments
  • Deny the enemy the same capabilities through electro-optic means and/or camouflage, concealment and deception
  • Provide capabilities for night driving and pilotage
  • Detect, neutralize, clear and mark explosive hazards including minefields and unexploded ordnance
  • Protect forward troops, fixed installations and rear echelons from enemy intrusion

CERDEC NVESD leverages its explosive hazard expertise in support of the critical U.S. Humanitarian Demining R&D Program.

NVESD delivers ISR&T technologies that provide actionable information that enables Soldiers to be aware of their surroundings and to perform their duties more safely and with increased effectiveness. This operational insight provides tactical and strategic alternatives for mission success and mitigates the risk of surprise attacks.

NVESD delivers tactical, ground-based persistent surveillance, perimeter defense, and airborne persistent surveillance technologies to enable increased Soldier situational awareness, provide strategic alternatives and operational overmatch.

NVESD researches, develops, tests and evaluates electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensor technologies for airborne and ground-based reconnaissance and targeting under all battlefield conditions. NVESD also expands tactical use of laser designators and markers for precision engagement, day or night, while maintaining the capability to maneuver.

NVESD researches, develops, tests and evaluates sensors, algorithms, processing techniques and lasers to enable increased Soldier situational awareness, mobility, target acquisition and target handoff.