Rheinmetall will supply laser modules to the German Armed Forces under a new task order from the Bundeswehr.
To begin with, 2,460 devices worth a total of €3 million will be delivered, with up to €178 million in potential sales and a total of 130,000 laser light modules expected to be delivered over seven years.
Delivery will begin later this year with an initial 360 devices earmarked for integrated verification management. These will be followed by the remaining 2,100 laser light modules now on order.
The devices can be mounted via a standard interface onto all assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and sniper rifles currently in the Bundeswehr inventory to improve the ability of German troops to fight at night.
The device is a version of Rheinmetall’s latest-generation LLM-VarioRay laser light module designed for small arms carried by infantry and foot soldier to use for detecting, identifying and marking targets.
Weighing around 250 grams including the bracket, the LLM- VarioRay can be mounted on any assault rifle with a MIL-STD 1913 rail/STANAG 4694 and operated via a trigger cable.
It features a powerful white lamp, a red-light laser marker, an infrared laser marker and an electrically focusable infrared illuminator. The light source can be selected with a rotary switch and is adjustable.
The device also has a fully integrated, factory-aligned laser block, enabling easy adjustment and alignment of the aiming device and weapon.
The LLM-VarioRay product family forms part of the German soldier system ‘Future Soldier – Expanded System’ (IdZ-ES) and is also in service with the British and Swiss Armies.