UANVB-R “Katana-Ruggedized Dual Tube Night Vision Binos White Phosphor Autogated L3 FILMLESS WP


Katana with high specification 20UM UN FILMED White Phosphor tubes

5/13/24-  In stock and shipping out immediately!

912.375.1480  or 912.379.9441

The Ultralight Articulating Night Vision Binocular “Katana Ruggedized” with 20 UM Unfilmed White Phosphor 3rd Generation tubes



The Ultralight Articulating Night Vision Binocular – Katana Ruggedized (UANVB-R) “Katana Ruggadized” is a articulating binocular housing made of high strength aerospace grade 7075-T6 aluminum. Using advanced multi-axis CNC machining an ultra lightweight and robust design is achieved, including an optimal single piece pod geometry. This binocular includes features such as individual pod stow shutoff, IPD stops, user adjustable pod tension, and low battery indicator. The device is powered on-board by a single CR123A for a continuous runtime of ~25 hours, and equipped with a LEMO port for external power pack use to achieve extensive run time



CNC machined 7075-T6 & 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum, aerospace Grade 4 Titanium.



Mil-standard Type III class II hard anodize, H-Series Cerakote


Tube Type

18mm MX-10160  L3 unfilmed  (this listing) or Elbit thin filmed (other Katana listing)


IR Illuminator



Individual Pod on/off

Yes, individually.


Housing Weight

4.93oz / 0.30 lbs / 140g


Device Weight Standard

18.73oz / 1.17lbs / 530.98g


Device Weight Lightweight

w/o battery

15.48oz / 0.96lbs / 439.0g


On-Board Power

CR123A onboard with a runtime of ~25hours


Out-Board Power

Yes, LEMO port


Low Battery Indicator



Manual Gain Control



Ingress rating

Exceeds IP-68, and MIL-STD-810H


Note- RPO lenses may seem easier to turn than standard PVS14 lenses, we have confirmed with RP Optics that this is normal.


 Received from a recent Katana customer-

Below is a review for the Katanas:
As an NVG Instructor, I appreciate good tubes.

These are off the charts, in all aspects. Weight. Balance. Clarity. Brightness. Auto Gain. These are the lightest dual tubes I have worn.

Having had these tubes for a month, and 40-50 hours on them already, I have not had a single issue. These. Just. Work.

While Phosphorus – I have always used green tubes. These WP tubes are next level fantastic.

Battery Life – I am surprised at how long a single 123 battery will last, in these. I know I got 30 hours of run time, out of one batt, and know it would have gone longer, if I hadn’t broken two rules: 1. Always pull your battery after you are done using, for the night. 2. Always check your tubes to see if they are on, and you missed Rule 1, before you put them back in the box.(Instructor Note: always put your investment back in the box, when you aren’t wearing them, and always, always protect your glass!)

I am new to the concept of lifting your tubes away, individually, instead of folding the package up. This is a life changer. Lots of clever little reasons why you will want this in your world. After ten hrs, it becomes as natural as walking. You can fold them up, still, but you won’t need to…

Handy tips:

Set the mount as far from your face as possible – you get better peripheral that way.

If you are new to dual tubes, purchase, or make, a small counterweight pouch for the back of your helmet. Yes, i said that these tubes were amazingly light, but everything needs balance. As you strengthen your neck, the counter balance will help – also a good spot to store an extra 123 batt, or two…

Function tip – when using the Lo-Sto mount, you need to unscrew a small block, at the lower, aft area of the mount. Five small screws, with tension springs, and a set pin come out (keep them, and the block, in a baggie) this block is for a different mount, but needs to come off, for use with the dovetail of the Katanas (zero issue – can’t hurt it).

Use the bungee cords on your helmet! There are two tiny rings on the aft portion of the assembly block, on the goggles. Hook the bungees to these rings. Bungees are cheap, the locking mechanism works good, but goggles are expensive…

Good hunting…

Joe B.

The Katanas offer the best value in an Articulating American Made housing that is available without a long lead time!-JRH

This model Katana ships with L3 Harris 20 UM WHITE PHOSPHOR TUBES with a 2000 FOM minimum tube spec!

Available also with RPO LIGHTWEIGHT OPTICS! Save weight with these new RPO lenses that are optimized for White Phosphor tubes. Note- RPO lenses may seem easier to turn than standard PVS14 lenses, we have confirmed with RP Optics that this is normal.  Use the options menu to upgrade to RPO lightweight optics (objective and eye piece lenses) or call to order.

These units ship with a FREE custom hard case.


Interested in a wrap for your Katana? CLICK HERE

What customers have to say about these units:

Katana binos
Awesome, flawless tubes. Happy with the articulation and auto shut off features. Delivered super quick. Glad I finally bit the bullet and ordered these.





3 reviews for UANVB-R “Katana-Ruggedized Dual Tube Night Vision Binos White Phosphor Autogated L3 FILMLESS WP

5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 3 reviews)
Very good0%


12 January 2024

After a few months of handling and usage, I’m glad I went with the L3′ Katana. These tubes give a great picture and clarity. Even in low light, backstory Idaho, I can see with great detail with just the unit and no other light source. Even when I had a problem arise with my unit, Robert was able to get them back to me quickly. I’m glad I spent the money on this unit.

3 January 2024


These days it is nice being able to speak with someone at a company that cares. Thank you, Robert for taking time to talk to someone new to night vision and answer their questions. He answered my basic questions as well as gave me some advice and insight on what to look for and what to buy. I appreciated the attention to detail and follow up what to expect from notifying the credit card company through receiving instructions what to do with the device once received.


The UANVB Katana was received as described. The spec sheets were reviewed with me before the purchase, and it arrived exactly as described. I have had the unit for about two months and have taken two long night hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Although I only have YouTube videos to compare my unit too, I am extremely happy with the intensifiers that I received.

As far as the Katana goes there are plenty of online videos showing them and describing their features. In my opinion, I do appreciate the simplicity of the Katana unit. Also, I think it is important to consider value and diminishing returns when you are making a purchase. I think these are one of the best values currently available.

Customer Service

With any retail company it is how they handle after the point of sale. I received the unit on a Friday night and tried it out over the next 24 hours. I had sent Robert an e-mail early Sunday morning with a couple newb questions. I was surprised when I received a detailed e-mail response from him that Sunday morning. As the website states you can buy with confidence that you will receive what you are looking for and be good to go with this company.

29 October 2023

Product worked as designed. No issues. Great communication from JRH as well. as well.

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