The battle-proven Type 163 laser target designator is designed specifically to meet all of today’s special and conventional force JTACs and JFOs mission requirements for marking and terminally controlling semi-active air-to-ground weapons accurately onto the target at ranges up to 10km.
At less than 2.5kgs (5.36 lbs) with battery it typically provides >80mJ per pulse for up to 40 mins* with no duty cycle required. Full NATO STANAG 3733 Band I &II compatible with all PRF codes pre-loaded and ready for operation. Its size and simple operation allows rapid deployment and engagement. Switch on to fire in less than 3 seconds**.
A wide variety of employment factors and conditions affect the quality of laser spots presented to both modern and legacy laser spot trackers and seeker heads by ground based laser target designators. These include slant range, altitude of electro optic targeting system and/or weapon seeker, solar load, target reflectivity, smoke, haze and LTD range to target.
The Type 163’s combination of superior power coupled with excellent beam divergence and bore sighting helps mitigate these employment limiting factors.
This allows a JTAC or JFO employment flexibility to meet a wide range of mission sets (short, medium and long range) when conducting laser spot hand-off and/or terminal guidance.
* Continuous lasing at low PRF (20Hz) in ambient temperature
** PRF Code already programed
Feedback from Type 163 combat employment is that JTACs can designate with a high degree of confidence, reducing communications and increasing first attack hit probability. Additionally, employing the Type 163 reduces fratricide and collateral damage risks inherent in air-to-ground operations.
Designed from user feedback for a small lightweight with high power (SWaP) designator, the focus has been on a laser which is simple and easy to operate yet rugged and reliable. This has been achieved by incorporating the latest diode pumped technology along with Nd:YAG slab configuration, a thermal resonator, active q-switch and high efficiency heat exchangers resulting in the Type 163 laser offering full performance over a broad operating temperature in a package suitable for military use.
The laser is designed to support a modular and separable approach to target acquisition and sensor equipment. This provides maximum flexibility in mission planning and importantly helping to minimize individuals’ carrying load. Serial comms port is provided for integration with Digital Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) systems, GPS or optical See Spot equipment if required.
Tripod fine adjust, interface plate and carry pouch BA5590 battery adaptor