Highly versatile aiming device allows engagement of threats from behind cover
Aimpoint, the world leader and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has announced the introduction of a new modular accessory called the Concealed Engagement Unit, or CEU. The CEU is the latest component incorporated into Aimpoint’s unique System of Systems™ approach, which allows a complete line of accessories including magnification, night vision and indirect aiming to be quickly added and changed behind the company’s famous red-dot sights.
Originally prototyped in 2005, the CEU was completely re-engineered following reviews of the initial concept with active military units. Compatible with all Aimpoint sights, the new Aimpoint CEU is much smaller and lighter than the originally planned design, reducing the weight of the unit by over 50%. The stabilized internal optics were optimized for better image quality, allowing to be identified and engaged more rapidly. A lanyard loop was added to aid in retention of the unit, and the chassis design was changed to allow the CEU to be quickly stripped from the weapon if required. The CEU can also be used as a handheld viewing device.
The Aimpoint CEU rotates a full 260 degrees, allowing the operator to safely look around either right or left-hand corners, up stairwells or down tunnels from almost any angle. Since the Aimpoint CEU does not affect the sight’s point-of-impact, the CEU can easily be passed for one operator to another using the the company’s revolutionary Twistmount™. Most importantly, the compound optics contained within the CEU gives the operator a true image, not the distorte mirror-image found in the cheap reflective devices currently found on the market, and the entire unit is designed to withstand the rigorous demands placed upon on the modern battlefield.
“Aimpoint red dot sights are universally recognized as the most efficient sighting system in the world. We are now pleased to be able to offer an accessory that the gives the user the ability to observe and engage a threat from behind a protected position while using our sights,” said Aimpoint President Lennard Ljungfelt.
“The Aimpoint CEU turns a standard infantry weapon into a scouting tool that allows observation of targets around obstructions without exposing the operator to enemy fire. It’s no longer necessary to equip a team member with a specialized weapon or expensive and fragile electronic device to make this possible,” said Ljungfelt. “The result is increased safety and enhanced performance for all members of the team.”
The Aimpoint CEU is now ready to enter full-scale production, and will be available in quantity within 90 days. The CEU is a patented system originally developed by DSTO in Australia under the name Off-Axis Viewing Device®. Aimpoint has world-wide exclusive rights for production and sales of the improved device for all markets outside of Australia.