Germany’s procurement authority, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw), has awarded a contract to Rheinmetall to deliver a lightweight, assault rifle-mounted laser light package.
Valued at approximately €5m, the contract covers the production and delivery of 1,745 laser light package sets for the assault rifles used by the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) Special Forces.
The new laser light package set comprises Rheinmetall’s newly developed variable tactical aiming laser (VTAL) module, which is specially designed for the shorter assault rifles.
Each set also includes two Lumenator weapon lights, a standard version with a dual LED head and a special version for hostage rescue operations, in addition to other accessories such as a cable and tactical switch.
All the devices are developed by Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics (RSE) based in Stockach, Germany.
Delivery of the watertight, light and stable package sets is expected to commence in the first quarter of next year.
Compatible with all standard image intensifier devices, Rheinmetall’s VTAL system features an ‘extremely strong’ visible red dot laser, a near-infrared dot laser and a near-infrared illuminator.
The enhanced quality of the light rays and their consistency of form help improve the user’s situational awareness in all operating environments.
The modern design of the device enables the soldier to adjust the intensity of both dot lasers with the aid of a colour-coded cable switch and the illuminator can be focused using a separate control knob.
The robust design of the system ensures increased stability and dependability, thereby enabling it to withstand the most adverse battlefield conditions while being waterproof up to a depth of 30m.