Germany's Rheinmetall announced last week that it has been selected to supply laser light modules to the German Armed Forces. A framework contract has recently been signed, with expectations for the supply of up to 130,000 of the modules. Initially 2,460 devices worth a total of €3 million will be delivered. For Rheinmetall, the framework contract represents up to €178 million in potential sales for 7 years. It is the largest order received by Rheinmetall for laser light modules.
According to the company, the ability of the devices to be mounted via a standard interface onto all assault rifles, submachine guns, machine guns and sniper rifles currently in the German Army inventory will greatly improve the ability of German troops to fight at night. Delivery will begin this year. The German Army will initially take delivery of 360 devices earmarked for integrated verification management. They will be followed by the remaining 2,100 modules now on order.
The device to be supplied is a version of Rheinmetall’s latest laser light module, the LLM-VarioRay. Intended primarily for small arms carried by foot soldiers, it is used for detecting, identifying and marking targets.
Among other things, the LLM-VarioRay is part of the German Army's "Future Soldier–Expanded System" (IdZ-ES). It is also in service with the British Army, which calls it the Laser Light Module MK3, and with the Swiss Army, where it is known as the Laser-Licht-Modul 19.