Laser technology developed by the prime has been selected to enhance the German armed forces’ target detection capability.
Germany’s Bundeswehr has awarded a contract worth up to €178 million ($285.3 million) to Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics for the delivery of 130,000 laser light modules to the German armed forces.
An initial order for 2,460 devices has been placed for delivery later this year, worth a total of €3 million ($4.8 million), with the overall contract set to run for seven years.
The laser light modules can be mounted via a standard inferface onto all assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and sniper rifles currently in the Bundeswehr inventory.
The device is a variant of the Rheinmetall’s LLM-VarioRay laser light module, designed to detect, identify and mark targets.
The 250-gram module features a white lamp, a red-light laser marker, an infrared laser marker and an electrically focusable infrared illuminator, and has a fully integrated, factory-aligned laser block.
The platform is also in service with the British Army (Laser Light Module MK3) and with the Swiss Army (Laser-Licht-Modul 19).
This is Rheinmetall’s latest contract with the German armed forces, following on from a major order to modernise Germany’s Puma IFV fleet.
The contract for modernising Germany’s fleet of Puma IFVs was signed on 28 June 2021 at the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Koblenz.
The initial phase of the order encompasses 154 vehicles, generating sales for the consortium of €1.04 billion ($1.65 billion). Additional orders for components like electronic vision systems in the three-digit million-euro range is expected for consortium-internal subcontractors.
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The contract also contains an option designed to modernise a further 143 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, which for the PSM consortium would mean additional sales volume totalling €820 million, with over half the amount allotted to Rheinmetall.