Army Futures Command enabled the service to develop and field the new technology fast, officials said.
The new system combines a binocular night-vision device and enhanced clip-on thermal imager.
Nanoparticle injections could give warriors the power to see in the dark without the bulky goggles worn by today's troops.
A top U.S. Army Futures Command leader told Congress the service will field its new, binocular-style night-vision goggles.
The Army plans to start equipping its first close-combat unit with new binocular-style night-vision devices in 2019.
The Marine Corps is fielding new night vision binoculars equipped with thermal imaging that can help spot buried explosives.
U.S. Army infantry and other combat soldiers may start receiving binocular-style night vision goggles by this fall.
Army officials plan to use some of the money in the proposed 2019 budget to develop new night vision goggles.