Color night vision has long been the holy grail for night operations. Now it’s here with ColorTAC, adaptable to every PVS-14 in the inventory.  Color that can help fill critical capability gaps in PID (Positive ID), mobility, urgent combat care, IFF, and operations.  ColorTAC lets you use color-coded signals at night, increase speed and safety when traversing complicated terrain, and correlate intel gathered during the day with night operations.  We fight at night for tactical advantage.  ColorTAC lets you fight at night but still keep the informational advantage that color gives you during the day.
“Maintaining our tactical advantage at night will require revolutionary, game changing capabilities like color night vision. The goal…is to provide the SOF operator the ability to see true color on a moonless night with just starlight—a tremendous  tactical  advantage.” Admiral William McRaven

Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command , Hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, February 27, 2014


Under regular night vision, blood is the same color as water or oil.  Effective wound assessment and triage can be difficult or impossible.  If you can see color, you can do a better and faster job of on-site assessment in situations where minutes or even seconds can spell the difference between life and death.
“I dream in green!!! It would be nice to see some color. I can vividly remember a Ranger on the drop zone hit his head and was wandering around…. It wasn’t till we arrived at the casualty collection point and a white light under a poncho that I realized his entire BDU top was soaked in blood. It had blended completely unnoticeable under the green PVS-14.”

Col., US Army Task Force Commander, Afghanistan

Law Enforcement

Finding and identifying a suspect at night is tough – you’re looking for a guy in an orange hoodie, but in your NVGs everything’s green.  Surveillance, search and rescue, clearing warehouses are all tasks that are more difficult at night with the monochromatic NVGs. Seeing color lets you understand, move, and act more quickly, letting you get the job done with greater efficiency and safety.
“I wish we would have had this technology for tonight’s exercise, I had a very difficult time deciphering who the hell was the hostage and who was the terrorist!  This would have made my life a hell of a lot easier!” Team Sniper

Massachusetts State STOP Team, Fort Devens Training Facility Hostage Rescue Training Exercise

Department of Corrections

In corrections, safety of staff, inmates, and the public is a priority.  To better manage all the variables in a prison situation, you need all the information you can get.  Being able to see color in darkness gives you a complete set of information you’ve been missing up to now.  Chromatra’s ColorTAC CVA-14 converts your existing PVS-14s to give you color at night.
“PVS-14’s are standard issue for our night security, reactionary guards force and they definitely can use this- especially when we lose power.  We have over 17 state correctional facilities and I don’t see any budget issue for these.”

Commissioner of Corrections

Search & Rescue

When time is critical during search and rescue operations, information becomes vital in making decisions and taking action.  The majority of SAR operations involve working in challenging, sometimes hostile environments that include difficult navigation situations.  While the use of standard NVG’s for night missions can aid the unit, the addition of color will vastly improve your effectiveness.  With the addition of Chromatra’s ColorTAC CVA-14 you improve your ability to differentiate the terrain, increasing the speed with which you can move as you search for your objective.

The addition of color at night will also improve and speed your success rate because you will have the ability to discern between objects in your field of view that under normal green or white phosphor NVG’s are indistinguishable.

Border Security

Controlling our borders has become a high priority. With thousands of miles to cover, increasing efficiency has become a paramount concern.  Being able to see color at night makes surveillance less tiring and more effective.  Being able to see color also aids in coordinating surveillance data to operational tasks:  is that the orange truck you are looking for?  Which person in that group in front of you is the coyote, which is your objective?

Critical Infrastructure

The Federal government has designated over 30,000 infrastructure sites as likely terror targets.  Chemical plants, power generation, oil wells, refineries, dams, and water facilities all need 24/7 protection but are often full of machinery and poorly lit.  With monochromatic night vision, making sense of what you see around you can be a frustrating, tiring process.  With the addition of color, you can make sense of things more quickly, do a better job of detecting intruders or physical threats, and work more efficiently.
Wow! – I would like to have you demo this to our weekly, interagency security team:  (Port Authority, DEA, State Police, USCG and FBI).   I would also like to introduce this to the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC).  This could help secure our ports at night throughout the U.S.”

Director, Maritime Security, Major U.S. Port


Being able to see color is not only useful in detecting and identifying your quarry against the natural background, but also in being able to move quickly and quietly to your setup location.   Being able to see color dramatically improves your ability to navigate rugged terrain, telling apart grass, mud, water, gravel, and pavement.  Pre-season scouting can become more efficient, enjoyable, and less of a chore.