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Rheinmetall supplies rifle laser light modules to Britain

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Rheinmetall AG has signed a framework contract with Britain's Ministry of Defense to supply laser light modules for rifles.

The framework contract, for a period of a "few years," has a total value of $45.1 million. Rheinmetall said. The first lot order is for more than 7,000 units of its LLM Vario-Ray system.

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Vario-Ray weighs less than 8.6 ounces and can be attached to small arms of all types by means of a Mil-Std 1913 rail. It is remotely operated using a trigger cable. Features include a white light lamp, a red light laser marker, an infrared laser marker and an electrically focusable infrared illuminator, selected through a rotary switch.

The LLM Vario-Ray complements the LLM-01, already widely used by the British military.

Rheinmetall said that acquisition of Vario-Ray, called the "Laser-Light Module Mark 3" by Britain's military, is part of a comprehensive program to modernize the British infantry.

Additional contract details were not disclosed.

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