AN/AVX-1 Electro-Optical Sensor System
Definition/Scope: The AN/AVX-1 Electro-Optical Sensor System ("Cluster Ranger") is an electronic visual (Electro-Optic) airborne stabilized sensor used to detect, classify, and track targets, as well as provide bomb-damage assessment (BDA) and provide forward air control (FAC) data in real time. The unit has four vision modes: Visual, Grayscale, Low-Light Television (LLTV), and infrared (IR). The AN/AVX-1 EOSS has the capability to detect and monitor objects during the day from exceptionally clear to medium hazes, dawn and dusk, and during the night from a full moon to starlight illumination. The AVX-1 is mounted on the underside of the aircraft in a retractable turret that can be deployed with the flick of a switch. Once extended, the turret allows the camera to have full 360 dg rotational coverage, and allows an elevation (pitch) from +15 dg to -84 dg. The camera comes with the ability to both mark and picture contacts, and features an auto-track system that automatically points the AVX-1 at the desired contact. In some rare instances, the IR detection system can allow the camera operator (Sensor 3) to visually detect submerged submarines.
Broader Terms:P-3C Orion Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program
Related Terms:Battle Damage Assessment