L3’s Next Generation Aiming Laser

L3, parent company of EOTech, also has quite a few successful brands of products that the warfighter can depend on. One of their most well-known products us the Insight AN/PEQ-15 laser designator system also known as the ATPIAL, which has been popular with special forces and various Tier 1 groups.

L3 has been busy building upon the success of the ATPIAL laser system with what they are aptly naming the “Next Generation Aiming Laser”. The new system is extremely compact, coming in at 3.6″x 2.0″ x 1.25″, holding three emitters for combative use at a scant 4.8 ounces with battery. Notable is the battery compatibility, using either CR123s or a commercial AA.

The system features co-aligned lasers accurate to each other within .5 mRAD. Built-in is a visible aiming laser, an IR aiming laser, and an IR illuminator. The visible laser is a 4.0 mW low (65 mW high) system operating at 635 nm. The IR laser is a .6 mW system low and a 25 mW high setting at 830 nm. The IR Illiminator is programmed for 3.0 mW low and a 80 mW high setting at 860 nm.

The Next Generation Aiming Laser retains a remote activation port for various activation strips to be set by the user where comfortable and on-unit setting adjustment.

Unfortunately, the Next Generation Aiming Laser is not legal for civilian ownership, due to its high output lasers. However, its likely that once production starts a civilian-legal version will be available like the ATPIAL-C to the PEQ-15.

L3 Next Genration Laser

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • JumpIf NotZero

    635nm…. red? Oh come on EOTech.

    • CS

      635 NM is the wavelength of red, What else would you expect?

      • JumpIf NotZero

        For a “next generation” part, I was expecting something in the green wavelength. I thought that was clear.

        • Umberto

          may I ask why do you consider a green laser better than a red one?

          • Pistolero

            You’re killing me. Because red is 40 times less visible than green and is absolutely useless for anything other than boresighting in the arms room. Green becomes useful for IFF, non-verbal communication with indigenous forces, and aiming with a gas-mask. Red doesn’t hold value with the warfighter and it’s still used by L-3 because it’s cheap, easy to manufacture, and they don’t have to spend time sorting green diodes. L-3 cares about keeping the price low so they can win contracts, not the voice of the customer.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            I was just going to point out anyone even asking that question hasn’t used both.

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    You’ll put your eye out with that thing kid.

  • RICH

    What’s the price…..OUCH ! ! !

    • Sermon 7.62

      There is something like this in Russia, but more compact. It costs about $1300.

  • The Stig

    For some odd reason, this article has finally made me post. I’m getting tired of all the inaccuracies the “firearm” blog pumps out.

    Class 3 lasers are NOT illegal for civilians to own anymore than body armor is. Just because some companies wont sell it to you, doesn’t mean you can’t own it.

    Also, the PEQ-15 is used by pretty much everyone in the military. Anybody who left the FOB had one on their rifle when I was in Afghanistan, not just tier 1 operators operating operationally.

    • John

      Ahhh, but how to get a full powered one as a civilian?

      Sure would like to know….

    • Pistolero

      A class 3B laser requires an FDA variance allowing the manufacturer to sell to specific set of customers authorized by the FDA. Very commonly you’ll have restrictions such as “LEO only” and you may only sell to a department or organization and not to an individual. Selling outside of the guidelines of the FDA variance incurs a $1000 fine. Budget cuts have forced the responsible FDA office down to 4 personnel (2016) and they typically don’t have the time and resources to go after manufacturers who break the rules, which is why you can purchase a class 3B laser on facebook. There are rules and regulations in place, but the only people that actually follow them are the defense manufacturers that care about winning government contracts.

  • 22winmag

    Military/LE only?

    Yeah right! They’ll be up for sale on Armslist in no time!

  • Cal S.

    But does it stay…straight?

  • Sermon 7.62

    I like this simple one designed for AK. But it’s just IR, there’s no red or green laser.

  • CommonSense23

    Can we stop using the the Tier system.

  • IndyToddrick

    I thought the high output lasers were “legal for civilian ownership”, just not allowed to be sold to civilians by military contractors. Anyways, only rich guys who can buy full auto rifles could afford one of these anyways.

  • Squirreltakular

    I don’t care; just get rid of the garbage pile that is the PEQ-16.