Image Intensifier Tubes

Photonis is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of image intensifier tubes for military, space, scientific, and commercial applications.
XR5 Image Intensifier Tube for night vision by Photonis Defense


Extend your night vision capabilities with the XR5 image intensifier tube


The ability to customize an image intensifier tube to an operator’s specific mission or operational requirements is critical. Light conditions for an aviator pilot will be much different from those of a soldier deep in the jungle or a hunter operating in mountainous terrain. The XR5 image intensifier tube from Photonis can be adapted to suit a variety of environments.

By applying the latest technology to the XR5, the tube enables users to detect more details during operations. A prominent feature on the XR5 is the integrated Auto-Gated power supply, facilitating operations under dynamic lighting conditions. Auto-Gating constantly operates to improve the quality of the image, not only during day-night-day transitions but also under dynamic lighting conditions, such as military operations in urban terrain which define many of today’s missions.

The XR5 image intensifier represents the technological standard for night vision and is available in a variety of inverting and non-inverting 18 mm formats (form – fit – function) for existing and new optical systems.

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Many of Photonis’ image intensifier tubes are available in different sizes and with different phosphor solutions. Our specialists are standing by to discuss your needs to help you find the perfect solution.

White phosphor option for image intensifier tubes for night visionWhite Phosphor

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 and shadows
  • Perfect for urban, desert or forested environments

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

Comparison sketch with dimensions of tubes

Photonis’ 16mm image intensifier tubes have been designed to meet the SWaP requirements of the modern night vision user. Utilized by our very own PD-PRO-16B and PD-PRO-16M devices, these powerful 16mm image intensifier tubes offer a reduced size, weight and minimum power consumption without sacrificing performance. The weight of a 16mm image intensifier tube has been reduced by 30 grams in comparison to a standard ANVIS 18mm tube while the overall volume size has been reduced by 40%.

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