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British Army Selects Aimpoint for Heavy Machine Guns

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FCS13-RE on a GMG (Aimpoint)

The British Army has selected several Aimpoint optics solutions for various heavy weapons. According to Aimpoint the FCS13-RE Fire Control System with TH-60 thermal clip-on has been selected to fulfil the SWESS-Heavy Mature Project requirement for optics for support weapons including the M2 Browning and 40mm grenade machine guns.

The Aimpoint CompM4 has been selected for use with the new 84mm Carl Gustaf recoilless weapons which the British Army has just procured. The CompM4s with 3X magnifiers will fulfil the SWESS-Light Battlesight Project.

Aimpoint @ TFB:

FCS13-RE on a GMG (Aimpoint)

Here’s what Aimpoint have to say in full:

Aimpoint, the leading manufacturer and innovator of red dot sighting technology, has been awarded a seven-year framework contract within the Support Weapons Enhanced Sighting Systems (SWESS) programme for the British Armed Forces, via our exclusive UK distributor Edgar Brothers.

Aimpoint will supply both the FCS13-RE Fire Control System with the TH-60 thermal clip-on for SWESS-Heavy Mature Project and the CompM4 sight combined with ballistic adjustable mounts and 3X Magnifiers for SWESS-Light Battlesight Project.

The FCS13-RE is a direct view, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight, which utilises an integrated laser range finder and ballistic computer to give the Operator an aiming point corrected for range, type of munition, terrain angle, and environmental conditions. In addition to the 84mm Carl Gustaf, the system can be utilised 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 utilises 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 CompM4, in combination with SPUHR Ballistic Adjustable Mount (BAM) and 3X Mag-1, is a combat proven sighting solution for 5.56mm and 7.62mm lightweight and medium machine guns. The configuration allows for mechanical bullet drop compensation at various distances and combines the benefits of a rugged red dot sight with magnification for engagements at longer distances.
The selection of the Aimpoint sighting solutions followed extensive tests and evaluations conducted by the UK MOD. All optics will be supplied through Aimpoints exclusive UK distributor, Edgar Brothers, to the British Armed Forces.

“We at Aimpoint are extremely proud to be awarded these contracts by the UK MOD”.
-Erik Jeppsson, Marketing Director Aimpoint
“The addition of these systems to the British troops will greatly increase their lethality on the battlefield and the ability to place first round hits with any heavy support weapon will be a game changer”. -Magnus Andersson, Director FCS Aimpoint.

Find out more at www.aimpoint.com

Matthew Moss

Matthew Moss


TheFirearmBlog.com – Managing Editor
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Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news.

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