PANOBRIDGE MK3 | A 1.7 oz Night Vision Bridge with Adjustable Field of View
Panobridge™ is the first-ever night vision bridge mount that provides an adjustable field of view with milspec AN/PVS-14s. At an industry-leading 1.7oz total, it weighs less than a single milspec J-Arm. Supported by a number of accessory arms and adapters, it is also fully compatible with the most popular thermal monoculars. The newest Mk3 variant introduces the PanoLok™ bar to lock the bridge at a specific panning angle and prevent devices from being bumped out of position during hard use. We also include our new Night Vision Accessory Tool (also available for purchase here) in the box at no extra cost. Certain professional organizations, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, have tested Panobridge and successfully fielded it on warrant service operations and manhunts. Introducing an entirely new way to see more of the dark.
“What Noisefighters has managed to do with the Panobridge is incredible. The fact that I can stow a lightweight, compact, panoramic night vision goggle in my cargo pocket is game changing. The Panobridge presents the first worthwhile alternative to quad tube goggles that I’ve found. It is simple and tough, and by integrating standard AN/PVS-14 monoculars, it eliminates many logistical headaches.” -Retired Master Sergeant Bob Keller, owner of Gamut Resolutions training group and a ten year member of the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta (Delta Force).
“Most people and organizations can’t afford quad tube goggles. The Panobridge, coupled with two AN/PVS-14s, is the first alternative to quad tube goggles that I can now recommend for those looking for panoramic night vision." - Jon "Mochabear" Dufresne, owner of Kinetic Consulting training group, a former U.S. Army Ranger, and current executive protection and law enforcement consultant who is additionally on staff with Sage Dynamics.
"So, basically, the Panobridge, in my opinion, it's the best dual PVS-14 bridge mount available right now." -Nitewalker, from his video review.
The patent pending Noisefighters Panobridge provides a panoramic night vision image by exploiting the brain's ability to merge split images from two outward-angled monoculars into one cohesive picture. The so-called tube effect that is traditionally experienced with single or dual intensifiers is eliminated. With our innovative AFOV (Adjustable Field of View) mechanism and resulting wide-view image, you can enjoy vastly improved situational awareness and the feeling like you're not even looking through image intensifying tubes. Whether it's driving a vehicle and seeing through nearly the entire windshield or clearing a building and not missing an unexpected visitor coming down the stairs in your periphery, the Noisefighters Panobridge will open up new possibilities for efficient and safe work at night, allowing you to focus more on the task at hand and less on panning and scanning for threats or points of interest.
Importantly, users can switch back to traditional straight-ahead tube orientation when desired by quickly swapping out the 7.5 degree angled PanoLok bar to the straight, 0 degree angled PanoLok bar. No specialized training is required and no other equipment is necessary. Simply attach two standard AN/PVS-14 monoculars to this featherweight bridge using the new, included Noisefighters Night Vision Accessory Tool, snap the complete assembly into an industry-standard dovetail helmet mount, and start seeing everything you were missing before.
We offer separate adapters to mount thermal monoculars that utilize the Mini-Rail / MUM attachment method, such as FLIR® Breach, Infiray® MH-25 / RH-25 (with mini-rail installed), Sionyx® OPSIN, or the MUM-14 night vision monocular. The arm can be mounted to either side of the Panobridge.
For those using the high-performance Infiray® RH-25 or similar thermal devices with male dovetail mounts installed, we also offer separate quick-detach (QD) adapters for the fastest installation and removal.
The Noisefighters Panobridge weighs only 1.7 oz total in its standard configuration, making it the lightest bridge mount offered. This is approximately 65% less than the KVC® Universal Night Vision Bridge with OSS shoe sets installed, approximately 25% less than the IC® Dual PVS-14 Light Weight Mounting System, and is even 11% lighter than a single milspec J-Arm. We have optimized rigidity, strength, and durability while following the Marine Corps adage of, "Ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal pain." With Nightline, Inc. NL914C Power Packs installed on each AN/PVS-14, it is possible to achieve panoramic night vision with a total weight of 21.7 oz, or 20.1 oz with RPO lightweight lenses installed, or 16.0 oz with Nocturn Industries Tanto monoculars + RPO lightweight lenses. Depending on the configuration, this can be lighter than traditional night vision goggles that do not include panoramic viewing capabilities.
Even though it is ultralight, durability is still our top priority, and Panobridge is essentially indestructible due to its high-performance Arkema® polymer construction. We have successfully conducted 2 meter drop tests with the Panobridge Mk3 connected to +10% heavier AN/PVS-14 models, and we have attempted to be as transparent as possible by publishing an unfiltered list of components damaged by customers since the 2021 launch right here. With thousands of bridges in use and only two reported parts breakages of the core components over the last two years, plus a confirmation from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that the product was successfully tested and then fielded for warrant service operations and manhunts, we are confident that this product is suitable for duty use.
Photo composite showing the use of a handheld thermal imager placed between laterally rotated (“panned out”) AN/PVS-14 monoculars and used directly in conjunction with Noisefighters Panobridge, courtesy of Nick Chen, journalist with The Firearm Blog.
The Noisefighters Panobridge also changes the game by introducing the ability to peer through the gap between laterally-rotated monoculars with an unaided eye to use a handheld thermal imager, or aim pistol sights, or view a scene using ambient light to better gauge distance, texture, color, or lighting. This is similar to the technique provided by using a single PVS-14 on a J-Arm, but it is now available for multi-tube use.
In addition, both monoculars attached to the Noisefighters Panobridge may be individually swung upwards, out of the line of sight, without disturbing the adjacent device's positioning. For extended periods when one eye must view scenes unaided by night vision or instead aided by a thermal vision system, this added articulation feature is crucial. This feature also allows the PVS-14's to better hug the helmet when the entire assembly is folded back in the stowed position, leading to a more balanced center of gravity and a reduced possibility of impacting door frames or other objects above the head.
A no-questions-asked, transferable lifetime warranty is included. The patent pending Noisefighters Panobridge is proudly made and assembled in the U.S.A. and was designed by a Marine Corps combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Notice to owners of older Panobridges:
PanoLok bars offer complete backwards compatibility with the older variants of Panobridge and are now offered in an inexpensive upgrade kit. In order to prioritize the delivery of these upgrade kits to Noisefighters supporters, we are requiring owners of genuine Panobridges to complete an online form (linked here) in order to purchase these kits.
Considerations to account for:
Panobridge Mk3 is designed to be used most frequently between 0F to 120F (-17C to 48C) and may not keep consistent arm joint tension above or below those temperatures when the Arkema® polymer expands or contracts. Bring a 9/64" Allen / hex wrench along to adjust arm joint tension if you operate in extreme conditions. Panobridge Mk3 now comes with the Noisefighters Night Vision Accessory Tool, which includes a 9/64" hex bit.
1. Due to the nature of night vision optics, all known binocular and quad-tube goggles have a very narrow non-visual central zone directly in front of the device, between each tube, where the user cannot see objects with either eye. The width of this zone is only a couple of inches at its maximum, and the depth of this zone is typically around 6 inches / 0.15 m for goggles with traditional 40 degree field of view lenses and an interpupillary distance of 65 mm. When monoculars are panned outward, however, the length of this zone extends several inches due to the geometry involved. Through testing, we can confirm that this does not affect the ability to naturally acquire reflex sights and similar aiming devices, as the sights are viewed slightly offset from the center of vision and away from this non-visual zone.
2. When both monoculars are panned outwards, there is technically a loss in visual resolution in the center of view where the two images overlap due to the nature of night vision optics. During movement, this is basically ignored, as one's eyes and head are never stationary. When in a static position, however, it may be noticed, and this issue can be compensated for by viewing objects outside of the center of view for maximum sharpness by turning one's head. It is always up to the user to decide how much panning is optimum for the given situation. Panobridge Mk3 includes new PanoLok bars which physically limit the amount of panning in order to provide the best overall balance of field of view, depth perception, and optical performance, regardless of whether a user has milspec Carson lenses or non-milspec RPO lightweight lenses installed. With the 7.5 degree angled PanoLok bar installed on Panobridge and when used with genuine Carson milspec lenses inside an AN/PVS-14 with L3 filmless intensifiers, our in-house testing has shown that a typical user with excellent vision in both eyes will be able to read the same line on a Snellen eye chart at 20 feet as they would with the 0 degree (non-angled) PanoLok bar installed.
3. There is a technical consideration called collimation that may need to be accounted for when using two PVS-14 monoculars. In the simplest terms, images from two bridged monoculars may not be perfectly in tune. For most users, this is not an issue that can be easily perceived, as the brain can usually overcome this misalignment. At worst, the user will experience eye strain after long periods of time using their night vision goggle. If necessary, hire a technician to collimate your paired PVS-14s, or read online about how to perform a DIY collimation. Done correctly, there is no need to re-purge the monocular.
4. No auto-shutoff system is integrated. Users must manually turn off the monocular when flipping up and stowing equipment on the top of the helmet.
5. This bridge is NOT COMPATIBLE with bayonet-style night vision helmet mounts. You MUST HAVE a dovetail-type night vision helmet mount. The cheapest yet adequate option for a sturdy dovetail-compatible helmet mount is to purchase a military surplus Norotos® RHNO-II (bayonet) mount and modify it to accept the Norotos PVS-15/18 dovetail adapter. Instructions can be found on YouTube here. Our recommendation for a pre-assembled helmet mount with dovetail adapter is the Wilcox® G22 or G24.
6. Let us be clear: while the Panobridge brings panoramic night vision to the masses for the first time, this product does not replicate the view that quad-tube goggles provides. Two milspec PVS-14s connected to the Panobridge Mk3 with the PanoLok 7.5 angled bar installed provides an approximately 55 degree wide field of view, while the most popular quad-tube goggle provides a constant 97 degree field of view from four image intensifying tubes. However, that quad-tube goggle has a single-source supplier for any repairs, has difficult-to-obtain spare parts, is quite bulky when assembled and requires special plus-sized containers for on-body storage when not in use, is quite heavy, has no independent gain control, utilizes a single (non-redundant) power system, is wide enough to block most peripheral vision of an unaided eye, and is sold for over $40,000. For context, when our Panobridge is used, the end user can save significant weight, the entire goggle is small enough to fit inside a cargo pocket, the run time nearly doubles, there is a redundant power supply, and the total price is just a tiny fraction of the quad-tube goggle. We believe that the vast majority of end users will find the difference in field of view compensated for by the extremely high value proposition that the Panobridge brings to the table.
PANOBRIDGE MK3 SPECIFICATIONS:
INCLUDED IN BOX: PANOBRIDGE MK3 WITH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE PVS-14 MOUNTING ARMS, PANOLOK BAR WITH 0 DEGREE PANNING AXIS LOCK, PANOLOK BAR WITH 7.5 DEGREE PANNING AXIS LOCK, MULTITOOL (ADDITIONAL ARMS AND ADAPTERS ARE SOLD SEPARATELY)
INCLUDED ARMS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH: MILSPEC AN/PVS-14, PHOTONIS VYPER-14, AB NIGHT VISION MOD3 (AUTOGAIN VERSION ONLY), KNIGHT’S ARMAMENT M-14 ALLOY CHASSIS FOR AN/PVS-14, NOCTURN INDUSTRIES TANTO (MINOR MODIFICATION TO THE PANOBRIDGE'S ANTI-ROTATION FEATURES ON EACH ARM MAY BE REQUIRED, DEPENDING ON THE VERSION OF TANTO ENCOUTERED)
HELMET MOUNTING COMPATIBILITY: DOVETAIL
INTERPUPILLARY DISTANCE (IPD) COMPATIBILITY: 55 - 75mm
MATERIALS USED: HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYMER FROM ARKEMA®; ANODIZED ALUMINUM; STAINLESS STEEL
TOTAL ASSEMBLED WEIGHT OF THIS PRODUCT: 1.7 OZ
DIMENSIONS (COLLAPSED FOR STORAGE): 3.00 x 3.00 x 1.50"
MEASURED COMBINED WEIGHT WITH TWO MILSPEC PVS-14'S ATTACHED (ELBIT 11769 TUBES, NO BATTERIES, NO EYECUP RETAINING RINGS, NO RUBBER EYECUPS, NO DEMIST SHIELDS INSTALLED): 23.4 OZ
MEASURED COMBINED WEIGHT WITH TWO LIGHTWEIGHT NIGHTLINE NL914C POWER PACK EQUIPPED PVS-14 MONOCULARS (ELBIT 11769 TUBES, NO BATTERIES, NO EYECUP RETAINING RINGS, NO RUBBER EYECUPS, NO DEMIST SHIELDS INSTALLED): 21.7 OZ
MEASURED COMBINED WEIGHT WITH TWO LIGHTWEIGHT NIGHTLINE NL914C POWER PACK EQUIPPED PVS-14 MONOCULARS WITH RPO LIGHTWEIGHT LENSES (ELBIT 11769 TUBES, NO BATTERIES, NO EYECUP RETAINING RINGS, NO RUBBER EYECUPS, NO DEMIST SHIELDS INSTALLED): 20.1 OZ
MEASURED COMBINED WEIGHT WITH TWO NOCTURN INDUSTRIES TANTO MONOCULARS WITH RPO LIGHTWEIGHT LENSES (ELBIT 11769 TUBES, NO BATTERIES, NO EYECUP RETAINING RINGS, NO RUBBER EYECUPS, NO DEMIST SHIELDS INSTALLED): 16.0 OZ
WARRANTY: LIFETIME, TRANSFERABLE
NIGHT VISION / THERMAL DEVICES SHOWN IN PICTURES ARE NOT INCLUDED
MADE AND ASSEMBLED IN THE U.S.A. BY A DISABLED U.S.M.C. COMBAT VETERAN OWNED COMPANY
THIS ITEM IS SUBJECT TO EXPORT ADMINISTRATION REGULATIONS (E.A.R.) AND MAY BE EXPORTED ONLY TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES AND CUSTOMERS.