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AN/PVS-6, MINI EYESAFE LASER INFRARED

The MELIOS provides the individual soldier with accurate range azimuth and vertical angle determination to provide target acquisition data for direct and indirect weapons systems in eyesafe mode. MELIOS replaces the AN/GVS-5 Laser Infrared Observation Set. AN/GVS-5 is not eyesafe. MELIOS is designed for ranges out to ten kilometers with plus or minus five meter accuracy. It operates in the eyesafe wavelength region allowing maximum use by units in training and tactical exercises. A compass/vertical angle measurement (C/VAM) capability has been added to MELIOS in addition to the range capability. MELIOS will increase first round hit probabilities during battlefield engagements, expedite target acquisition and provide accurate ranges for Ground-to-Air Defense. It will enhance the effective conduct of reconnaissance, surveillance and terrain navigation. It is carried in a small, water resistant padded pouch that is attachable to the soldier's web gear. Fielding is one per infantry squad, other distribution to combat, SOF and combat support units to be determined.

The Rangefinders are being procured on a sole source basis from the manufacturer, Litton Laser Systems of Apopka, FL.

Litton Laser Systems has transformed the combat proven AN/PVS-6 MELIOS to meet the demands of the Twenty-First Century Battlefield Target Location Mission requirements. The Lightweight Digital Melios Laser Rangefinder delivers enhanced First Strike capability to Forward Observer.

DARPA's Technology Advanced Mini-Eyesafe Ranger (TAMER) project used rapid prototyping to insert advanced electronic technologies into an existing laser rangefinder (MELIOS), greatly enhancing its capability. The technologies include a GPS multichip module receiver, low power electronics, a CCD imager, a miniature active matrix electroluminescent (AMEL) display, a wireless data transmittal capability, and onboard processing. This project involves extensive prototype demonstrations through participation from the 2nd Armored Division with additional support of the U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory.

TRANSPORTATION CHARACTERISTICS / LIMITATIONS: Carry Case: 6" x 12" x 14", 6 lbs. Shipping Case: 13 lbs.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

Sep 83 Two Cost Plus Fixed Fee contracts awarded.

Sep 88 Development Production Prove-Out contract award.

Jul 91 OT-II successfully completed; Efforts to insert compass/vertical angle measurement restarted.

Dec 92 Milestone III approval.

Apr 94 MELIOS FUE.

Apr 95 C/VAM qualified.

REQUIREMENTS DOCUMENT: ROC, Feb 87.

TYPE CLASSIFICATION: Standard approved 4QFY94.


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