The MoD has invested £53m in new night-vision and laser equipment that helps soldiers spot potential threats earlier.
All infantry soldiers will be provided with a Laser Light Module Mk3 - a 244 gram state-of-the-art laser light that fits onto the SA80 rifle and can illuminate targets from up to 800 metres away to give more accurate firing in low-light conditions.
The MoD has also invested in more than 4,000 additional head-mounted night-vision systems, which allow soldiers to operate in poor light or in dark tunnels and buildings, specifically for the Army Reserve
More than 15,000 new ergonomic binoculars, 50 per cent lighter than previous models, have also been ordered to be used alongside the upgraded laser lights.
Lance Corporal Herbline Biscette of 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, who tested the equipment before it was delivered to forces while working for the Infantry Trials Development Unit, said: “Being able to mark our targets from so far away means that we can prepare for the situations ahead and do the job with confidence.
“This kit also gets tested virtually to destruction; it gets dropped from height, submerged, blasted with sand, left out in minus 20 degrees – all conditions that we might have to face when using it, so we know that it won’t let us down.”
Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne visited the Infantry Trials Development Unit in Warminster, Wiltshire, yesterday to see the new kit being put through its paces.
He said: “The multi-million-pound investment makes clear MOD’s commitment to equipping our armed forces, including reservists, with world-class battle-winning technology. These binoculars, laser-aimers and night-vision goggles will improve situational awareness and reduce collateral damage across the battlefield.”