U.S. Marine Corps seeks handheld laser rangefinders

The U.S. Marine Corps is asking four military electro-optics companies to develop handheld tactical laser rangefinders small enough for one infantryman to carry that would help deployed Marines detect, identify, and pinpoint targets during the day, at night, and in bad weather. The Marine Corps Systems Command at Quantico Marine Base, Va., is awarding contracts to Raytheon Co. Space and Airborne Systems segment in McKinney, Texas; Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth, Texas; Jenoptik Defense Inc. in Jupiter, Fla.; and BAE Systems OASYS in Manchester, N.H., to develop the Common Laser Range Finder Integrated Capability (CLRF IC) system. The CLRF IC system will weigh no more than three pounds and provide improved integrated night-vision capability, internal selective availability anti-spoofing module GPS, and non-magnetic azimuth capability.

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