[Indo Defense 2018] Rheinmetall Air Defense AG’s ILEE® TwinBeam Mk2 Laser Designator

Introduced in March of this year, we were able to get our hands on Rheinmetall Air Defense AG’s ILEE® TwinBeam Mk2 visible/IR laser designator. The TwinBeam Mk2 is actually just one such designator out of a large product line of similar designators that fill different capabilities and needs. Many of the small arms laser designators are capable of being mounted on an M1913 Picatinny rail and are very similar in controls and materials used in construction.

Technical specifications from Rheinmetall Tech Data Sheet

The objective lens of TwinBeam Mk2, with a CR 123 battery compartment on the left side -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

The TwinBeam Mk2 which was on display at the Rheinmetall booth appears to be Rheinmetall Air Defense’s push into the law enforcement market, especially seeing that it was mounted on a dummy H&K UMP45 submachine gun. Although it might be resistant to environmental factors and extreme abuse, I would find it hard for the TwinBeam Mk2 to best something like the AN/PEQ16 or even the latest Squad Aiming Laser from L3 Technology. But in a Law Enforcement capacity, the laser designator would probably excel quite well due to it being very simple and

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Originally posted on The Firearm Blog