Tank periscope system is gyro-stabilized

OCTOBER 2, 2008--From unmanned flying drones and laser-guided smart bombs to night vision systems, advanced technology continues to help guard against terrorist and enemy attacks--and to increasingly keep soldiers out of harm's way.

Oct 2nd, 2008

OCTOBER 2, 2008--From unmanned flying drones and laser-guided smart bombs to night vision systems, advanced technology continues to help guard against terrorist and enemy attacks--and to increasingly keep soldiers out of harm's way. As part of this mission, PVP Advanced Electro-Optical Systems (PVPAEO; Tustin, CA, USA; www.pvpaeo.com) develops and integrates sensors and imaging systems for space, airborne, ship- and land-based applications that incorporate IR and image-intensified cameras, lasers, and laser range finders. For the US Army's Stryker mobile gun system, an eight-wheeled all wheel drive (AWD) light armored combat vehicle (ACV), PVP provides their Commanders Pan Viewer System (CPV). This gyro-stabilized periscope system provides the tank commander with 360 degree surveillance of potential targets and threats without exposing him to outside danger. The motion for the gyro system is handled by Galil's DMC-1425 two-axis controller. It was customized to meet requirements for shape and size, include a VME interface, handle such software needs as closing the servo loop around the gyro, and meet the standard communication protocol required by the customer. For more information, go to www.galilinmotion.com/smartMoves.php and see "PVP Advanced Electro-Optical Systems."

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