British army soldiers to be equipped with night vision laser equipment to better identify targets
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Defence & Security News - United Kingdom
|Friday, January 17, 2014 05:08 PM|
|British army soldiers to be equipped with night vision and laser equipment to better identify targets.|
The British Minister of Defence (MOD) has invested in new night vision and laser equipment that will enable soldiers to spot potential threats earlier and better protect themselves against the enemy during day and night operations. Among the new equipment is a state-of-the-art laser light, which will be provided to all infantry soldiers, which fits onto the SA-80 assault rifle to give more accurate firing and can illuminate targets from up to 800m away.
Seen here Major Nick French from Infantry Trials and Development Unit, Warminster demonstrating the upgraded Laser Light Module Mk 3(LLM3) mounted on the SA-80 A2
A state of the art laser light that can illuminate targets from up to 800m away will be provided to all infantry soldiers. Weighing just 244 grams, it fits onto the SA80 rifle to give more accurate firing in low light conditions.
More than 15,000 new lightweight, ergonomic binoculars have been ordered to be used alongside the upgraded laser lights. Designed to be easier to hold, the new models are 50 percent lighter but still offer excellent magnification to give better situational awareness.
"This kit also gets tested virtually to destruction – they get dropped from height, submerged, blasted with sand, left out in minus 20 degrees – all conditions that we might have to face when using it, so we know that it won’t let us down.”
The MOD has also invested in more than 4,000 additional Head Mounted Night Vision Systems specifically for the Army Reserve. They allow soldiers to operate in poor light or in dark tunnels and buildings and better identify both threats and other personnel.
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne visited the Infantry Trials Development Unit in Warminster, Wiltshire, to see the new kit being put through its paces. He said: "The ability to see further and in more detail will allow British troops to stay one step ahead of danger.
UK Armed Forces are to receive a triple boost to their combat effectiveness with new laser weapon sights and the latest specialist night vision optical equipment under contracts valued at more than £50 million.