INDUSTRY NEWS: Aimpoint Awarded Contract for Fire Control Systems by U.S. Armed Forces


Aimpoint, the leading manufacturer and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a USD $24 million firm, fixed-price contract for supply of the Aimpoint® FCS13-RE Fire Control System to the U.S. military. The system will be deployed as the primary Fire Control on the new M3-E1 MAAWS lightweight 84mm Carl Gustaf produced by SAAB Dynamics. The contract was awarded through Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS Inc.) via the DLA Tailored Logistics Support program.

The FCS13-RE is a direct view, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight, which 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. In addition to the 84mm Carl Gustaf, the system can also be utilized on other crew-served weapons including 40mm high velocity grenade launchers and 12.7mm (.50 caliber) heavy machine guns. The FCS13-RE provides a very high probability of first-shot hit on both stationary and moving targets at extended ranges and utilizes a very intuitive user control interface. The system can be enhanced with modular magnification and thermal imaging components and is compatible with all generations of military night vision equipment.

The selection of the Aimpoint FCS13-RE for use on the M3-E1 Carl Gustaf followed extensive tests and evaluations conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) headquartered at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

“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.”

“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.

Deliveries of the Aimpoint FCS13-RE are scheduled for 2019. The system will be fielded by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command.

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GIGN Selects FRAMM® Modular Rifle Stock

The company behind a versatile rifle stock called the FRAMM® has confirmed that the elite French police tactical unit, the GIGN, have selected the modular stock for their HK G36 and HK-UMP rifles.

Riot and ballistic face shields are essential for law enforcement officers in active shooter and riot control scenarios. The problem with these face shields is that once fully lowered they interfere with the assault rifles and/or less-lethal baton round guns that armed officers are equipped with.

164-year-old survival equipment manufacturers, BCB International Ltd, have brought to market the FRAMM®; an adjustable and foldable stock that allows firearms officers to comfortably shoulder, aim and discharge their firearms in all firing positions while wearing a ballistic helmet with the visor fully lowered.

BCB International’s FRAMM® Project Manager, Philippe Minchin, said: “The FRAMM® is not your typical helmet rifle buttstock. It removes the need for both non-visored and visored officers to have to alternate between buttstocks to fit the situation they are faced with. At a press of a button, the FRAMM® enables an officer to switch from a classic straight alignment to a lowered setting of their choosing thereby eliminating the risk of their helmet visors or respirator masks interfering with the shouldering, aiming and firing of their weapon. The FRAMM® is the modular stock to suit all their mission requirements.”

Production has been launched for the HK G36, B&T 40×46 and HK-UMP variants of the stock.

Production of FRAMM variants for the following firearms is planned in the near future: FN SCAR, HK MP5 A2, BERETTA ARX160, HK MP5K PDW, REMINGTON ACR, CZ 805 A1 BREN, SIG SAUER 550/551, SIG SAUER MCX, B&T APC556.

Danish Soldiers Get New Eyewear in Service

In the near future, Danish soldiers will be given Wiley X eyewear as part of their equipment. With increased security in mind, the Danish Defense has just signed a contract with Wiley X EMEA LLC for ballistic safety eyewear for the next seven years. The Defense has a great focus on the general safety of their soldiers. These glasses become part of the general equipment for Danish soldiers in Denmark and those abroad.


Wiley X is used by a number of armies around the world. The brand was founded by a former soldier in the United States in 1987, and the Wiley X European Division equally has a former soldier and veteran in charge.


“To be a supplier to the defense of different countries comes natural to us. Our DNA is on the battlefield. We say, we have the safest eyewear in the world added a little coolness,” Jan Mikkelsen explains with a smile. He has been co-owner of the European division of Wiley X since 2007 and has been deployed in Bosnia and Kosovo when he was in the army.

“We are proud to be awarded this contract, and it makes me particularly proud that the Defense has placed great emphasis on receiving feedback from the soldiers, who have evaluated the different glasses. At the same time, it makes me feel safe on behalf of the Danish soldiers to know that our glasses live up to the highest safety standards in the world.”

“Our prime task is to ensure that the soldiers receive the best equipment for the next seven years. We look forward to doing this in close partnership with the Danish Defense,” Lars Rounborg Rasmussen, head of the tactical department and responsible for the contract with the Danish Defense, explains. The first protective glasses are expected to be delivered to the Danish Defense in 2019.