Review: 150 Million Candlepower Militay Xenon Arc Battlefield Illuminator (AN/VSS-3A)

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Haha, thanks for the laughs. The project was initially an exercise in futility while trying to adapt it for marine use. Once completed, the light made an amazing boat that much more fun & useful. We were the only ones on the California Delta able to power ahead at full throttle after dark without having to worry about smashing into anything... especially partially submerged debris, such as logs, etc. Interestingly, it also did a great job at illuminating deep submerged objects through murky water. You could actually see at least 10 feet into the murky water way out in front while the boat was at speed. If anything, that was actually more impressive than the sheer beam distance through night air.

I used to work in San Rafael and had a large sail boat at Pier 39 in San Fransisco.

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FlashPilot wrote:
It was designed for one thing in mind and that was for putting a 120mm shell directly on target during night hunting. 

Late to the party pedantry...

105mm projectile...remember we're talking about an M-60 series with an M68 main gun. The 120mm gun didn't enter the picture until the M1A1 in the mid 80's.

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Thank you, and corrected. As I wrote this, I was still wishing I had thermal imaging instead of a xenon arc. I have a friend thats a tank platoon leader for the M1A2 bunch. I get to pop off a few night time practice rounds in Feb. Im hoping the range has some descent fun targets when I get my try.

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Can’t believe I missed this awesome thread, here’s a nerco bump. Party

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ryansoh3 wrote:
Can’t believe I missed this awesome thread, here’s a nerco bump. Party

Im just glad you never got one. The darn thing would be turned into a 1kW laser and make the folks at Lawrence Livermore green with envy. Big Smile

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Hi..

i am looking for a battelfield search light ..something very similar to what u have posted. please chat with me on nafees.iaf@gmail.com and help me buy this light. i am looking for a long range spot like which can make a spot covering the distance of 3 Kilometers.

Request to give your mail id so that i can communicate with you regarding the same.

Thank you…

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Hi Nikki. Welcome to BLF! These are the only reasonably priced 1kW military searchlights that I am aware of at this time. You can contact the seller if you questions. Good luck!
http://www.ebay.com/itm/271606524719?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPage...

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Kind of impressive.

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Everybody needs a hobby. Yours is interdiction on the Sac waterways!

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Xenon arc is about the only thing that illuminates semi submerged objects while at speed. Maybe that’s why we were usually the only boat “on plane” after the sun went down. Nice sail boat. Is that yours? I used to own a Morgan Islander 51’ in SF Bay.

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Next time your out at night, get us a couple of beamshots.

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