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Rheinmetall introduces new sighting system

A new clip-on sighting system for grenade launchers has been introduced by Rheinmetall Defense.

By Richard Tomkins
Rheinmetall introduces new sighting system
A Vingmate sighting system on a 40mm grenade launcher. Photo by Rheinmetall Defense

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A new aiming solution for 40mm grenade launchers and shoulder-fired rockets has been introduced by Rheinmetall Defense of Germany.

The Vingmate MR 500, which improves first-shot capability at all ranges and minimizes engagement time, is ambidextrous in design and features an easy-to-use interface. It is a manually adjusted clip-on sighting system and employs an infrared target marker and illuminator and weighs only 11 ounces.

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Rheinmetall said it is powered by a CR123 battery and can also communicate with external devices such as Rheinmetall's newly developed TAC-Ray clip-on, a rfile-mounted laser rangefinder that is capable of measuring targets out to more than 2,000 yards.

"Once again, the MR 500 underscores Rheinmetall's status as a one-stop shop for 40mm weapons technology, joining other fire control units from the Vingmate family like the Vingmate 4500 for automatic grenade launchers under contract with US Special Opeerations Command, the Vingmate MR 800 for grenade launchers, and the Vingmate SL for shoulder-launched weapons," the company said.

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