Protective Eyewear

Protective eyewear are commonly used in Israel by both conventional and SF units and it can be divided into three categories:

  • IDF obsolete standard issue goggles - low quality goggles, which were made of cheap plastic that broke easily and simple sponge padding that used to fall off after a while. The lenses often tend to break or fall, and the goggles in general provided a low dust and wind sealing with no ballistic protection. This goggles were issued from the early 1980's to the late 1990's and are still used today in reserve units.

  • IDF new standard issue goggles - made in Israel by Shalon Chemical Industries, the EPS21 goggles luck some of the more advanced qualities of expensive goggles brands, but are a major leap forward in comparison with the old IDF goggles. The EPS21 is a standard issue item since the late 1990's and is a modular platform that provides ballistic, dust and wind protection, and can accommodate a variety of secondary lenses, such as filters against solar and laser radiation, although such filters are rarely used in Israel. The EPS21 Key features are a labyrinth of ventilation ports that insures airflow without costly filtration elements, optional snap-on lenses that protects against solar or laser radiation and integral adaptor for prescription lenses frame.

  • SF protective eyewear - the Israeli SF units use a variety of high end protected eyewear, including Oakley, Bolle, ESS, Scott and others.

Left - Oakley tactical goggles, right - ESS tactical goggles.

 

IDF Obsolete Standard Issue Goggles


PALSAR Golani soldiers during CQB training. Standing soldier is wearing the IDF old standard issue goggles

 

Duvdevan operator during a raid in the Territories wearing the IDF old goggles.

 

IDF New Standard Issue Goggles (EPS21)


IDF SF operator wearing the EPS21 during a raid in the Territories. The operators is armed with a M4 fitted with a flashlight.

 

Duvdevan operator during deployment in the Territories. The operator is wearing EPS21 goggles. Note a Sig handgun tacked in the operator's vest.

 

Operator wearing EPS21 goggles and armed with a CAR15 during deployment in the Territories.

 

IDF SF operator armed with a Sig P228 fitted with a safety rod during training at the Counter Terror School (photo: IDF). The operator is also wearing EPS21 goggles.

 

SF Protective Eyewear


YAMAM operator during training armed with a M4 fitted with a Simon RLEM, a stock, Aimpoint and a rail system. The operator is also armed with a Glock handgun tacked in one of vest's empty magazine pouch, and is equipped with a KATA vest, an Oakley protective eyewear and a helmet mounted flashlight.

 

YAMAM operators armed with Colt Commando fitted with Trijicon Reflex and flashlights and wearing Oakley goggles during deployment in the Territories.

 

Unit 669 operators inside a Hummer during CSAR training. Note the dummy on the roof as well as the Oakley goggles.

 

Duvdevan team and other units during a raid in the Territories. The soldier in the middle (with the backpack) is wearing Oakley goggles.

 

PALSAR NAHAL team during deployment in the Territories. From left to right - operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with an Elbit Falcon, a flip up sight and a flashlight, operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32 and carries a LAW, operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32, an ITL AIM2000 and a flashlight (note Oakley protective eyewear) and an operator armed with a M4A1 fitted with an Elbit Falcon, an flip up sight and a flashlight (IDF).

 

IDF SF operators during deployment in the Territories armed with M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32, rail systems and forward grips, ITL AIM1/D IR lasers and flashlights. Note Oakley eyewear on the right operator.

 

YAMAM operator rappelling and negotiating a window during training. Note Oakley protective eyewear.

 

PALSAR 7 operator inside a Hummer during training. Note Oakley protective eyewear.

 

Masada operators during CQB training armed with Jericho fitted with a built-in compensators, stocks and safety rods. Note ESS protective eyewear and Marom-Dolphin tactical vests (photo: IPS).

 

Masada operator aiming a handgun during training. Note Bolle Tactical protective eyewear (photo: IPS).

 

IDF SF operators during door breaching training at the Counter Terror School. Note two door types on the left and right. Left operator is breaching the door using an hydraulic power tool, right operator provides cover and is armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a Trijicon ACOG 4x32, a stock, a forward grip and an AN/PEQ-14. Note Oakley protective eyewear (photo: IDF).

 

Shaldag reserve operators during training with a Land Rover. Note Oakley protective eyewear.

 

MATILAN operators and their dog during training. The operators are armed with Colt Commando fitted with Meprolight Mepro 21, flashlight and Shotguard blanks adapter. Note camouflage pattern uniforms and Oakley eye protection (left) and standard IDF eye protection (right) (photo: Israeli Police).

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