Critical Technology Assessment: Night Vision Focal Plane Arrays, Sensors, and Cameras [open pdf - 2MB]
"The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) conducts critical technology assessments to examine the impact of export controls on key existing or emerging technologies that are subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This assessment examines night vision equipment controlled under Category XII of the United States Munitions List (USML) and Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) 6A002 and 6A003 of the Commerce Control List (CCL). This equipment includes focal plane arrays (FPAs), image intensifier tubes (IITs) and low light level (LLL) sensors, and cameras and directview equipment incorporating these FPAs, IITs and sensors for the purposes of cooled and uncooled infrared or near-infrared imaging. To conduct this assessment, BIS developed a survey to determine the nature of night vision sensor components and imaging equipment manufactured for military-use-only and dual-use (for both commercial and military use). The survey included questions on the number of product lines sold in 2010 and projected to be sold in 2011-2012, the specific applications for the components and equipment, the differences between military-use-only and dual-use items, non- U.S. competitors, and 2007-2010 sales. BIS surveyed 45 night vision component and equipment manufacturers, divisions, and sellers."
U.S. Department of Commerce: Bureau of Industry and Security: http://www.bis.doc.gov/