News story: New Army kit helps soldiers see more clearly

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Ministry of Defence said:
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.
A state-of-the-art laser light that can illuminate targets from up to 800 metres 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.
And 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% lighter but still offer excellent magnification to give better situational awareness.

The Laser Light Module Mk3, mounted on an SA80 A2, illuminates targets up to 800 metres away and will be provided to all infantry soldiers [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]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, yesterday (16 January) to see the new kit being put through its paces. He said:
The multi-million-pound investment makes clear MOD’s commitment to equipping our armed forces, including reservists, with world-class battle-winning technology.
These binoculars, laser-aimers and night-vision goggles will improve situational awareness and reduce collateral damage across the battlefield.

The new binoculars weigh half as much as the previous standard issue and will lighten the load troops have to carry [Picture: Andrew Linnett, Crown copyright]Lance Corporal Herbline Biscette of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland tested the equipment before it was delivered to forces while working for the Infantry Trials Development Unit.
He explained that the new kit will help soldiers to stay accurate and heighten awareness in difficult, low-light conditions:
Being able to mark our targets from so far away means that we can prepare for the situations ahead and do the job with confidence.
This kit also gets tested virtually to destruction; it gets 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.


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Surely anyone using similar optics picking up the same wavelengths of light/infa red will see an 800m laser pointing directly from the soider using it? Like tracers this may work both ways?
 
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"Lance Corporal Herbline Biscette"

Real name or his ARRSE handle?
 
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Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne visited the Infantry Trials Development Unit in Warminster, Wiltshire, yesterday (16 January) to see the new kit being put through its paces. He said:
The multi-million-pound investment makes clear MOD’s commitment to equipping our armed forces, including reservists, with world-class battle-winning technology at least a decade after everyone else gets it.

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#7
Surely anyone using similar optics picking up the same wavelengths of light/infa red will see an 800m laser pointing directly from the soider using it? Like tracers this may work both ways?
So you use your loaf before turning the fricking laser on... don't you.

Driving a big fcuk off Foden probably attracts attention too does it not?
 
#8
Para chap - how will he turn his laser on?

Yorkie chap (I think) - beret - a hole in a beret, didn't anyone spot that before 'print'? And he needs a line drawing in permanent marker, so that he can see where to sshave to.
 
#9
Can this pump not be saved for "Soldier" magazine? Looking forward to seeing it on eBay soon though.


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ugly

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#10
Steiners, great kit been using a pair for close on 30 years but not a patch on Swarovskis, they are like flicking on an HD TV screen at the end of your nose. The beauty of the steiners is the individual eyepieces get focused and you have a depth of field from about 5 metres to infinity. Absolutely top notch but still only half as good as Swarovskis. I wish I had the money spare!
 
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Surely anyone using similar optics picking up the same wavelengths of light/infa red will see an 800m laser pointing directly from the soider using it? Like tracers this may work both ways?
How do you think tracers work then?
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
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#14
pixie dust isn't it?
 

daywalker

LE
Kit Reviewer
#16
Read somewhere today that the new LLM is only to be issued to the reserves who can one for one their old ones and that they are not to be issued to regular units until the stocks of the old ones have run out.
 

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