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German Army special units will be equipped with a lightweight, assault rifle-mounted laser light package specially designed to meet their need. Worth around €5 million, the order, made by Germany’s procurement authority, the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, encompasses the manufacture and delivery of 1,745 laser light package sets for the Special Forces Assault Rifle.
Rheinmetall will commence the delivery in the first quarter of 2019. In extremely short order, the company has thus succeeded in winning a prestigious customer for its newly developed “Variable Tactical Aiming Laser” (VTAL) module.
According to rheinmetall-defence.com, the VTAL is the core component of the new laser light package. Extremely robust and compact, the system is specially designed for today’s shorter assault rifles. In addition, each set includes two “Lumenator” weapon lights – a standard version with a dual LED head and a special version for hostage rescue operations. It also comes with various accessories such as a cable and tactical switch. Typically, the VTAL and both weapon lights are mounted on the weapon.
The robust design assures stability and dependability. The system can withstand the worst battlefield conditions and is waterproof to a depth of 30 meters. This way, operators know they can rely on the device at all times.
The VTAL features an extremely strong visible red dot laser, a near-infrared dot laser, and a near-infrared illuminator. The superior quality of the light rays and their consistency of form enhances the user’s situational awareness in all operating environments. Importantly, the VTAL is compatible with all standard image intensifier devices. The fully integrated laser block is aligned at the factory, making adjustment on the weapon simple.