ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., 1 March 2011. The U.S. Army is ordering 10,479 AN/PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight military night-vision targeting systems from Knights Armament Co. in Titusville, Fla., under terms of a $6.5 million contract awarded 24 Feb. from the Army Contracting Agency at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
The AN/PVS-29 Clip-on Sniper Night Sight (Clip-on SNS) military electro-optics system is an image-intensified passive night-vision targeting scope designed to help military snipers find and shoot targets with the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) during low light conditions and at night, without removing the day optical sight.
The AN/PVS-29 uses a variable-gain image tube that the sniper can adjust for ambient light conditions. When used with the M110 day optical sight, it provides for personnel-sized target recognition at quarter moon illumination in clear air to a range of 600 meters. It is powered by two AA batteries.
The night-vision scope weighs 3.5 pounds, focuses from 25 meters to infinity, and helps snipers recognize targets as far away as 2,000 feet. Knights Armament will do the work in Titusville, Fla., and should be finished by February 2016.
The Clip-on SNS enables military snipers to maintain the current level of accuracy with the M110 rifle and to fire accurately to within 1 minute of angle. Use of the Clip-on SNS does not affect the zero of the day optical sight and allows the M110 SASS to maintain bore sight throughout the focus range of the Clip-on SNS and the M110 day optical sight.