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AN/GVS-5 Laser Rangefinder

Army Night Vision Laboratory's work in lasers also resulted in the AN/GVS-5 Laser Infrared Observation Set in 1980. This piece of equipment significantly increased the probability of hitting a stationary or airborne target with the first round fired.

The AN/GVS-5 is a lightweight, hand-held, binocular-like laser rangefinder used for observation and target acquisition. It contains a panel assembly, optical assembly, and laser transmitter module. It can use either battery or vehicle power (using an adapter cable). The rangefinder provides the operator with the capability to accurately determine range to targets. The AN/GVS-5's special features include: 7 x 15 sighting optics, a multiple target indicator, and minimum range adjustment. The rangefinder can take one ranging per second. It can take approximately 100 rangings before requiring a new battery.

This system was procured to provide the user a means of verifying the location of targets to be engaged by air or ground fire support means. The rangefinder can also assist in the adjustment of rounds on the target by aiding in the determination of the impact of the rounds in relation to the targets

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