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US Buying PVS-17 Mini Night Sights

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AN/PVS-17C(click to view full) The AN/PVS-17 is a lightweight night vision device that uses the OMNI IV MX 10160 3rd generation image intensifier tube. The system weighs less than 2 pounds, can be submerged to 20 meters/ 66 feet, and is compatible with rail mountings. The AN/PVS-17B incorporates a 2.25x magnification and the 17C incorporates a 4.5x magnification – or, as the USMC training handouts put it: “The Mini-Night Sight provides high performance, quick man-sized target acquisition and aiming capabilities during night operations from close range to 300 meters (AN/PVS-17B) or 500 meters (AN/PVS-17C).” In general, the 17B is intended to be mounted on rifles like the M16/M4, and the AN-PVS-17C [Data sheet, PDF] is mounted on support weapons like 5.56mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) and 7.62mm M240B/G General Purpose Machine Guns. PVS-17s were cited as one of the successful systems that reached US troops just before Operation Iraqi Freedom began. It was suspended from use as an aiming device [pdf] for a while due to technical issue (system shutting off during firing), but a fix has been found and was being implemented as of July 2006. Contracts Litton Systems was acquired by Northrop Grumman in December 2000. The […]

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