Under an order placed last October, Rheinmetall is supplying the Portuguese Army with 1,500 LM-LowProfile laser modules in three batches, with delivery to be completed in Q4/2021.
Developed by Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics in Stockach, the miniature LM-LowProfile laser module is designed for use on compact assault rifles and other small arms. The device, 25mm high, 85mm long and weighing just 160g, can be attached to any assault rifle via a MIL-STD 1913/NATO STANAG 4694 interface. Its low height makes it compatible with daylight optics and negates interference with the line of sight. The alignment of the laser along the running axis suits it particularly well to weapons without removeable mechanical sights (rear and front sights). Powered by a CR123 battery, the LM-LowProfile features visible and infrared target markers, as well as a focusable IRilluminator. All the integrated lasers can be regulated in parallel by means of block adjustment, can be remotely controlled via a trigger cable, or by means of a single push button directly on the device. The module is watertight at depths of up to 30m for up to two hours. Adding a tactical weapon light further enhances its operational effectiveness. Rheinmetall has already supplied the Portuguese Army with a weapon light in an earlier order.
In comparative trials conducted by the Portuguese military, the device outshone its various rivals with regard both to ergonomics and performance. Moreover, the LM-LowProfile offers the added advantage of not being subject to ITAR export regulations. Delivery is already underway. This is the third order from Portugal in the space of three years, underscoring the great trust the Portuguese military places in Rheinmetall’s soldier systems expertise.