by David Crane
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DefRev just received the following information and digital pics from one of our Australian defense industry contacts. It’s called the OAVD, which, according to our source, stands for "Off-Axis View Device" or "Off-Axis Viewing Device".
The OAVD, developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) and manufactured by BAE Systems Australia, is basically a low-tech/low-risk version of the U.S. Army Land Warrior "shoot-your-rifle/carbine-around-corners" concept/system. According to our source, "the OAVD is a simple field proven periscope system that attaches on a rail system to the back of a regular scope and allows shooting around corners. The sight can flip from left to right enabling shooting around both corners. One is issued to each rifle section (US: squad) in Australian infantry battalions and also to Special Operations [SPECOPS] forces like the Special Air Service Regiment [Australian SAS]. Currently in use in Iraq with Australian forces in Baghdad and Al Mutanah." It’s Defense Review’s understanding that the OAVD system has just been declassified by the Australian government/military, although we haven’t confirmed/verified this, yet.
shoot-around–the corner concept, in general. See and target/engage the enemy before the enemy can see and target/engage you. We’ve certainly enjoyed writing about the Israeli-developed Corner Shot pistol mounting/around-the-corner viewing/targeting system and Corner Shot 40 40mm grenade launcher. The original Corner Shot utilizes a video camera and flip out monitor that allows an operator to accurately fire his pistol/engage a threat around the corner, wheras the OAVD uses a simple prismed optic to allow an operator to accomplish the same feat with his carbine or rifle.