|Category:||Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]|
|Object Name:||Letter from the Department of the Navy|
|Year of Manufacture:||1991|
|Location:||Cupboard 1 (awards) [Main Store]|
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
WASHINGTON, DC 20350-2000
IN REPLY REFER TO 27 JUN 1991
Mr. Brian Tucker
GEC Avionics, Limited
Kent ME1 2XX
Dear Mr, Tucker:
I would like to take this opportunity to express the U.S. Navy's delight with the aggressive manner in which GEC Avionics has addressed improving the Cats Eyes Night Vision Goggle delivery schedule, especially during the Desert Storm period. Chris Humphris and his Airborne Display Division Group are to be congratulated for their efforts in achieving the increased deliveries while reducing the reject rate.
Keep up the good effort - the Fleet urgently needs this capability.
The goggles made a difference in Desert Storm and they are a significant part of the future of Naval Aviation. We don't "own the night" yet, but we're getting there, thanks to your team.
J. D. Taylor
Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy
Director, Aviation Plans and Requirements Division
This is a letter of appreciation for the improvement in the delivery schedule for Cats Eyes™ Night Vision Goggles during the Desert Storm period. The major test of night vision devices efforts came in late 1990/early 1991 when Iraqi armed forces invaded Kuwait. The United States of America and its allies immediately mobilized to force Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in Operation Desert Storm. Night vision systems would prove vital to operating in the desert environment. Night vision systems using Image Intensifiers (such as Cats Eyes™) and FLIR technologies were used by ground troops and major weapon systems such as tanks, helicopters, missile systems and infantry fighting vehicles. Targeting systems using FLIR technology were particularly important to the major weapon systems due to their ability to 'see' through dense smoke, dust, fog, and haze at great distances.