PD-PRO-16M Monocular NVG


The PD-PRO-16M is an ideal choice for the hunter, rancher, soldier or law enforcement officer. Its small form factor is designed for everyday pocket carry as well as helmet mount, giving the user the ability to utilize the system with much less severe neck load than that of other systems.

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


The Photonis Defense PD-PRO-16M is the lightest and smallest monocular night vision device on the market today. Utilizing the same 4G 16mm technology as the PD-PRO-16B binocular, the PD-PRO-16M provides outstanding performance in a package that is 58% smaller and 38% lighter than the industry standard A/N PVS-14.

This system is ideal for navigation, map reading, and emergency situations because of its superior performance that improves situational awareness for the user. Every component in the PD-PRO-16M has been meticulously designed to maximize the performance of the 4G image intensifier tube and the maneuverability of the operator.

An aerospace aluminum alloy housing makes the system environmentally resistant to an electromagnetic pulse, extreme heat, cold and salt. Each PD-PRO-16M device is water-resistant to industry-leading levels and features specialized objective lenses, utilizing German proprietary optical coatings, to take full advantage of the enhanced spectrum capability of the 4G tube.

A long-lasting battery extends your operational use, allowing you to carry fewer replacement batteries when out in the field. This pocket-sized monocular is the perfect system for first responders, search and rescue personnel, fish and game enforcement officers, border patrols, hunters, ranchers and more.

Basic Kit Includes: PD-PRO-16M 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/ 2-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-16M variant.

The PD-PRO-16M 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 FOV


Vertical FOV
Focus Range
9.8 inches to infinity
Spectral Sensitivity
Below 400nm to above 1,000nm
Tube Type
Auto-Gated Photonis 4G 16mm
Battery Life
25 hours @ 72°F (21°C) w/ lithium battery
Operating Temperature
-60°F to +131°F (-51°C to +55°C)
<9 ounces (250 grams) w/ battery
66 feet (20 meters)


White Phosphor

White Phosphor Scene

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 Phosphor

Green Phosphor

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).


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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