Rheinmetall has signed a corresponding framework contract with Bundeswehr, the unified German Armed Forces, to supply LLM-VarioRay laser light modules.

The framework contract has an initial performance period of seven years and is worth up to €178m in potential sales. It includes a total delivery of up to 130,000 laser light modules.

The company will first deliver 2,460 of the systems worth €3m. Of these, 360 devices have been set aside for integrated verification management followed by the remaining 2,100 laser light modules.

The devices will be manufactured by Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics of Stockach, Germany.

The latest version of the LLM-VarioRay system has been designed to detect, identify and mark targets, especially when conducting missions at night.

It weighs about 250g, including the bracket, and can be mounted via a standard interface onto mainly small arms carried by German infantry such as all assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and sniper rifles.

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The company is required to start supplying the devices this year.

The LLM-VarioRay can be operated via a trigger cable and supports a wide range of missions under all weather conditions.

Additionally, it is compatible with a MIL-STD 1913 rail/STANAG 4694 assault rifle and features a white lamp, an infrared laser marker, an electrically focusable infrared illuminator and a red-light laser marker.

The LLM-VarioRay is part of Germany’s Future Soldier – Expanded System (IdZ-ES) used by the Bundeswehr.

The British and Swiss armies also use the device. In the UK, it is called the Laser Light Module MK3 and the Laser-Licht-Modul 19 in Switzerland.