156 examples of the original AN/ASQ-153 were used by USAFF-4 Phantom II aircraft (D and E variants) from 1974 through 1982, replacing the earlier Pave Knife. The 144-inch-long (3.66 m), 420-lb (209 kg) pod was mounted in the F-4's left forward missile well, in place of an AIM-7 Sparrow air-to-air missile.
In 1979, the Royal Air Force acquired a number of the simplified AN/AVQ-23E pods for their Blackburn Buccaneers. Twelve aircraft equipped with the pod were deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War to initially perform laser designation for other RAF aircraft . Later in the air campaign, these aircraft would carry laser-designated bombs themselves.