Rheinmetall Defence has been awarded a framework contract for supply of its Vario-Ray laser light modules (LLM) to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Under the terms of the €33m competitively awarded contract, the company will supply tens of thousands of the innovative devices, including more than 7,000 modules in the first batch, for use by UK infantry forces.
The contract forms part of the MoD’s comprehensive programme to modernise the UK infantry.
Officially dubbed the Laser-Light Module Mark 3 by the UK armed forces, the Vario-Ray can be mounted on small arms to enable soldiers to detect, identify and mark targets during day and night operations.
Powered by two 3V CR123A lithium batteries, the device features a powerful white light lamp, a red light laser marker, infra-red pointer, an electrically focusable infrared illuminator and an optional target identification friend/foe IR laser. It can be attached to small arms using a Mil-Std 1913 rail.
All light sources are infinitely variable, and can be selected using a nine-phase turn-switch, and switched on by means of three push-buttons present on the module or the push-buttons on the trigger cable accessory.
A successor of the combat-proven LLM-01, already widely used by the UK military, the 244g device meets MIL-STD-810G requirements for harsh environmental conditions, and forms part of Germany’s new Gladius expanded future soldier system.
Deliveries under the contract are scheduled to take place over the next few years.
Image: The Laser Light Module Mk3 mounted on an SA80 A2 assault rifle. Photo: copyright Andrew Linnett.