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SUBJECT: Approved Protective Eyewear Systems




  1. General Information. There are a number of protective eyewear systems currently approved for Army use. Each of these systems provides ballistic and UVA/UVB eye protection and some provide laser eye protection as well. Some of these systems can be worn only by individuals who do not require prescription lens, while others, can be worn by both prescription and non-prescription eyewear users.




  1. Protective Eyewear Systems Currently Authorized For Army Use. The following protective eyewear systems are authorized for Army use:




  1. Ballistic Laser Protective Spectacles (BLPS). The BLPS provide ballistic, UVA/UVB, 2-wavelength (2-WL), and 3-WL laser eye protection. BLPS are used with a specially manufactured prescription lens carrier (PLC) and is designed, primarily, for users who wear prescription lenses. BLPS has been fielded, as free/push issue, to soldiers in designated units and may also be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. Special Protective Eyewear, Cylindrical System (SPECS). The SPECS provide ballistic, UVA/UVB, 2-WL, and 3-WL laser eye protection. SPECS is designed for users who do not wear prescription lenses. SPECS has been fielded, as free/push issue, to soldiers in designated units and may also be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. Sun, Wind, and Dust Goggles (SWDG). The SWDG provide ballistic, UVA/UVB, 2-WL, and 3-WL laser eye protection. Both prescription lens wearers and individuals who do not require prescription lenses can wear the SWDG. The SWDG may be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. Wiley-X SG-1 Goggles. The Wiley-X SG-1 Goggles are commercially available protective eyewear that provides ballistic and UVA/UVB protection. The Wiley-X SG-1 is not authorized for Army missions and training scenarios that require laser eye protection. Users who do not require prescription lenses wear the Wiley-X SG-1. The goggles may be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. Eye Safety System (ESS) Land Operations Goggles With Anti-reflective Sleeve. The ESS Land Operations Goggles provide ballistic and UVA/UVB protection. These goggles are not authorized for missions and training scenarios that require laser eye protection. Both prescription lens wearers and individuals who do not require prescription lenses can wear the ESS Land Operations Goggles. A variation of these goggles, without the anti-reflective sleeve, is also available. The ESS Land Operations Goggles may be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. ESS Low Profile NVG Goggles. The ESS Low Profile Night Vision Goggles provide ballistic and UVA/UVB protection. These goggles are not authorized for missions and training scenarios that require laser eye protection. Users who do not require prescription lenses wear the ESS Low Profile NVG Goggles. These goggles may be requisitioned through normal supply channels.




  1. BLPS Detailed Information.




  1. The BLPS are for prescription lens wearers. BLPS are available with Clear-Ballistic, Gray-Ballistic (sunglass), 2WL-Ballistic (laser), and 3WL-Ballistic (laser) lenses. Each lens type comes in its own individual frame and each is stocked and issued separately. The BLPS do not come in designated sizes, as one size fits all. Each BLPS (clear, gray, 2WL, and 3WL) comes in its own hardened plastic carrying case with a retainer strap for the eyewear. All BLPS eyewear provide ballistic fragment eye protection. The 2WL and 3WL BLPS provide both laser and ballistic fragment protection.




  1. CAUTION: BLPS HAS NOT BEEN FLIGHT TESTED AND SHOULD NOT BE WORN UNDER FLIGHT HELMETS OR USED IN LIEU OF THE VISOR SYSTEMS APPROVED FOR SUCH HELMETS.


  1. The BLPS requires the use of a specially manufactured prescription lens carrier (PLC) to hold the prescription lenses. The PLC fits into the BLPS frame behind the BLPS protective lenses; a flange on the front of the PLC nosepiece slides into a corresponding groove on the back of the nosepiece of the BLPS frame. The BLPS-compatible PLC, along with the necessary prescription lenses, should be ordered through the unit’s/individual’s local optometry clinic in the same manner that regular prescription eyeglasses are obtained. The clinic will order the PLC from the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP) Directorate of Medical Materiel (S9M). The PLC is also compatible with the M40A1 mask by using adapter, NSN 4240-01-389-7152. To install the PLC, refer to the figure below and attach the PLC to the BLPS frame (1) by sliding up the blank and removing it from the lens carrier slot in the BLPS frame, then slide the PLC insert (2) into the slot in the frame.







  1. Users should be issued the following BLPS components:




  1. One BLPS with Clear-Ballistic Fragment Protective Lens, with case and retainer strap.




  1. One BLPS with Gray-Ballistic (sunglass) Fragment Protective Lens, with case and retainer strap.




  1. One BLPS with 2WL Laser-Ballistic Fragment Protective Lens, with case and retainer strap. NOTE: The 2WL lens should be held in unit storage pending distribution at the discretion of the Unit Commander, for deployment and/or training purposes only.




  1. The 3WL Laser-Ballistic Fragment Protective BLPS has not been free issued to units. The 3WL Laser-Ballistic Fragment Protective BLPS is available for procurement through DSCP.



  1. BLPS Basis of Issue.




  1. For each soldier requiring prescription lenses: one Clear-Ballistic BLPS, one Gray-Ballistic (sunglass) BLPS, and one 2WL Laser-Ballistic Fragment Protective BLPS.




  1. After receipt, the Clear-Ballistic and the Gray-Ballistic (sunglass) BLPS are to be issued to the designated soldiers. The Laser-Ballistic BLPS, however, is not to be issued directly to individual soldiers. Laser-Ballistic BLPS are to be held in unit storage pending distribution at the discretion of the unit commander, for deployment and/or for training purposes only.




  1. The BLPS replaces the original version of BLPS (8465-01-318-1589(s)) fielded in limited numbers during Desert Storm. BLPS also replaces Sunglasses (8465-01-114-1488).




  1. BLPS End Item Information.




Item

LIN

Size

NSN


FY03 Unit Price

BLPS, Clear

S74794

One size fits all

8465-01-416-4636

$15.50

BLPS, Gray (sunglass)

S49862

One size fits all

8465-01-417-4004

$15.60

BLPS, 2WL Laser Protective

S49930

One size fits all

8465-01-416-3207

$28.30

BLPS, 3WL Laser Protective

S74862

One size fits all

8465-01-416-3210

$57.65

Carrying Case

N/A

N/A

8465-01-417-9963

$4.45

Retainer Strap

N/A

N/A

8465-01-416-4637

$1.60

Prescription Lens Carrier

N/A

N/A

6540-01-264-1348

$2.35
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