Case Study

Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics

Find out about Rheinmetall’s solutions and their key features

Background Situation

Delivery of Tactical Overmatch

Soldiers and armed police officers need to be able to deliver tactical overmatch. They need to be able to detect, recognise, identify and engage a target quickly and accurately. 

They must be able to deliver tactical overmatch in all light conditions; at night, underground, in unlit buildings, in dense forests. 

They need to remain agile, unencumbered by excessive amounts of equipment or ammunition. 

Weight generates a vicious circle:

Police Marksman with Laser Light Module

Operators need a solution that provides them with options for illumination and target marking in both white light and infrared.


"Owning the Darkness"

Soldiers and armed police officers need to “own the darkness.”

This requires a combination of passive and active sensors that work in harmony. Some situations will require white light but other situations will demand a more covert approach.

There may be cases of total darkness where there is not enough ambient light for night vision devices to work, or situations where the resolution of a thermal image is not good enough to engage a target.

Sharpshooters and snipers need the ability to accurately calculate the range to the target. An error in range calculation can lead to a bullet drop of over a metre at ranges beyond 400m. They also need to be able to rapidly assimilate multiple data sets – range, wind speed, atmospheric pressure, bullet grain, etc and rapidly convert those into a firing solution in time to engage the target.

Grenade launchers provide infantry sections with the ability to engage targets behind cover and in buildings. Grenade launchers can be used to deliver high explosive and smoke grenades in warfighting situations. They can also be used to deliver “flash bangs” in support of police operations. However, as grenade launchers are low velocity weapons, the impact of range is of critical importance, especially when trying to deliver a grenade through a window.


Torches, Lasers and Fire Control Systems

Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics (RSE) manufactures a variety of torches, lasers and fire control systems.

These devices are designed to:

  • improve situational awareness
  • speed up target acquisition and engagement. 
  • be customised with individual shapes so that each member of a team can have a different shaped laser spot. 

Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics solutions

Tac Ray Ballistic

Rheinmetall Soldier Electronics Tac-Ray on sniper rifle

The TAC-Ray Ballistic is an enhancement of the Vario-Ray.

In addition to the powerful variable infrared illuminator and the two laser target markers (infrared and visible) the TAC-Ray Ballistic includes a tactical laser range finder (LRF) in a world-class compact and light-weight package.

The LRF measures precisely to where the laser target markers point due to factory laser block alignment.

The LRF can achieve an accurate measurement out to 2,500m. The TAC-Ray Ballistic, in addition to its laser range finding and target marking capabilities, also includes a fast and accurate Ballistic Computer.

This allows the marksman to adjust their point of aim, not just for range but also for meteorological factors, angle, etc. The dimmable OLED display not only shows the range to target, but also the necessary click adjustments for the rifle scope to be right on target on the first shot.

The data can optionally be sent to third party devices such as thermal imaging and aiming products. The TAC-Ray ballistic can be linked to an anemometer. The TAC-Ray Ballistic can store the ballistic profile of multiple rounds of ammunition including 7.62mm, 0.338” and 0.5”.

The Multi-Ray 500 (MR500)

Rheinmetall Multi-Ray 500

The Multi-Ray 500 (MR500) is a rail mounted fire control unit specially designed for 40mm low and medium velocity grenade launchers and shoulder launched rockets (e.g. M72/AT4). Its unique light weight construction adds just a little over 300 grams to the host weapon. The MR500 supports multiple weapons and ballistics, it increases the precision of the weapon system and the effectiveness of the user, while simplifying training and reducing cost. The 40mm grenadier dials in the range to the MR500, aims the weapon and fires. The MR500 includes an IR target marker and Illuminator for operating at night. The MR500 can store the ballistic profiles of up to 32 different natures of ammunition including both low and medium velocity.

The MR800 has the same features as the MR500 but also includes an integrated laser range finder and airburst programmer.

Data sheet: Multi-Ray-500

Data sheet: Multi-Ray-800

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