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Laser Rangefinder AN/GVS-5

Primary function: Laser rangefinder for target acquisition.
Manufacturer: Radio Corporation and various vendors
Length: 9 inches (22.86 centimeters)
Width: 8 inches (20.32 centimeters)
Height: 4 inches (10.16 centimeters)
Weight: 5 pounds (2.27 kilograms) with battery
Emission wave length: 1.06 microns
Beam divergence: 1 milliradian
Range measurements limits: 200 - 9,990 meters
Range error: + or - 10 meters
Power requirements: 24 volts
Eye safe range (unattenuated): 1100 meters
Safe attenuated ranges (for training): 120 and 20 meters (using different filters)
Unit Replacement Cost: $5,370

Features: 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.

Background: 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. The system is fully operational in the Fleet Marine Force.

Date last modified: 11/30/95

Last Modified on June 17, 1999