Aimpoint Lands U.S. Military Contract for Space-Age Automatic Sighting System

The new fire control system uses a rangefinder and ballistics computer to increase first-shot hit probability. (Photo: Aimpoint)

Aimpoint announced this week that the U.S. military has awarded the company a substantial contract for a space-age fire control system designed for the 84mm Carl Gustav anti-tank rifle that automatically adjusts point of aim based on range, type of munition, terrain angle, and environmental conditions.

The red-dot manufacturer has been awarded a USD 24 million firm, fixed-price contract for supply of their FCS13-RE Fire Control System for use by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Special Operations Command. The system will be deployed as the primary Fire Control on the new M3-E1 MAAWS lightweight 84mm Carl Gustaf produced by SAAB Dynamics, though the company says it can also be used on other crew-served weapons including 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers, and 12.7 mm (.50 caliber) heavy machine guns.

“Having delivered over one million M68CCO close combat optics to the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force since 1997, Aimpoint has proven to be a highly reliable supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint Inc. “This latest contract for electronic Fire Control Systems shows that Aimpoint has continued to increase our technical capabilities, and to offer new cutting-edge products for use by our most prestigious military customers.”

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“In combination with the new lightweight M3-E1 Carl Gustaf, the FCS13-RE greatly increases the lethality and survivability of troops in the field. The ability to quickly and accurately place the first shot directly on target with a high degree of certainty represents the true value of this system” said Thane Smith, Military Sales Director at Aimpoint Inc.

The FCS13-RE is a direct view reflex sight that utilizes an integrated laser range finder and ballistic computer to give the gunner an aiming point corrected for range, type of munition, terrain angle, and environmental conditions.

According to a press release from Aimpoint, the sight increases the probability of first-shot hits on both stationary and moving targets at extended ranges and utilizes an intuitive user control interface. The system can also be enhanced with modular magnification and thermal imaging components and is compatible with all generations of military night vision equipment.

The system was extensively tested in cooperation with the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Deliveries of the system will begin this year.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of the 84mm Carl Gustav.

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{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Kevin T Erivin March 16, 2019, 5:47 pm

    If perfection is the name of the game u guys can take your place at the front of the line

  • Kevin T Erivin March 16, 2019, 5:42 pm

    Would love to be a part of your team and help in any way first LT Kevin T Erivin

  • Andrei Stieber March 15, 2019, 8:07 pm

    And I meant “of proofing”. Of course 😉

  • Zupglick March 15, 2019, 3:08 pm

    Way to go Aimpoint! I hope it works better than most of the low bid crap the military buys.

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