Aimpoint has been awarded a second contract by the U.S. Military to supply FCS13RE Fire Control Systems currently being deployed as the primary Fire Control on the M3E1 MAAWS lightweight 84 mm Carl-Gustaf—a reusable, man-portable anti-tank weapon produced by SAAB Dynamics. The original contract was awarded early last year and the original firm, fixed-price agreement was valued at $24 million. Value of the latest agreement was not released and Shooting Illustrated was unable to find the information in searches of DoD websites.
The FCS13RE is a direct-view, Dynamic Universal Reflex Sight that utilizes an integrated laser rangefinder and ballistic computer to provide the gunner an aiming point corrected for range, type of munition, terrain angle and environmental conditions. The system can also be used on other weapons, including the AT4, 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers, .50-caliber heavy machine guns and the M134D Minigun. The FCS13RE provides an extremely high probability of first-round hits on both stationary and moving targets during day and night. The system can be enhanced with a magnifier or thermal imager and is compatible with all generations of military night vision.
“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” Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint stated in a press release announcing the company’s original contract.
The FCS13RE is more than a rangefinder that computes ballistic drop at distance and adjusts point-of-aim. It also calculates spin drift, terrain angle and propellant temperature, according to its technical spec sheet. It can also be programmed for 40 mm HV airburst ammunition.
Aimpoint is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its Aimpoint Electronic, which was the world’s first red-dot optic when the company introduced it in 1975. Its adjustable-dot brightness and windage and elevation adjustment established the standard most enthusiasts take for granted today.