Swedish Armed Forces looking for a new Red Dot

FMV in Sweden just closed the doors for a tender for over 5 000 red dots and mounts. It will be interesting to see what they chose, but my money is on an Aimpoint (Made in Sweden) of some kind. Probably the Aimpoint Micro T-2, but without reading the detailed requirements it’s hard to know.

FMV’s main assignment from the Government is to deliver materiel and services to the Swedish Armed Forces. For instance they do procurement and commercial support, as well as technical evaluations.

The last day to reply was 2017-06-21, just before midsummer eve.

Below: Screen shot from the Swedish FMV e-Procurement system: “Red dot sight systems for two weapon systems HMG/AR

 

We can see that there is a need for 350 pcs of red dot sight – with mount – for a heavy machine gun in .50 BMG (12,7 mm), with a MOLLE pouch carrying system as well as a hard case for the two. A case for the case, so to speak.

There is also a need for a red dot sight, for the Ak5C and Ak5D assault rifle used by the Swedish Army. They need 5000 pcs.

Maximum length: 90 mm, Width: 50 mm and height 60 mm.

Total weight should not exceed 230 g including sight mount, lens covers and battery when mounted to the rail.

For instance, the Aimpoint CompM4 is too heavy and too large for this, which gives you an idea of how much red dot you can get in a small package nowadays.

 

 

The Dual Position Accessory Mount from Spuhr could be a nice addition to any .50 BMG machine gun with an Aimpoint MPS. You can easily switch from 1x to the 3x or 6x magnifiers.

In case you’ve never seen the Aimpoint MPS – they are rare – it’s a massive red dot sight for heavy machine guns and similar guns. Very nice if you’re on a boat or a tank, as long as you don’t have to carry it.

The general idea is that the device can be used in both positions. Our device can with a camera take overview photos when mounted on top of the spotting scope or it can be folded down to take detailed photos through the scope. With a magnifier, it can be used as an observation device on top of the sight, and it can be folded down to provide magnification through the sight.
The mount itself consists of very few parts and can be mounted on either the top of a picatinny rail or on the side of the main optic. It could also be delivered with customer made mounts suitable for their optics and needs. As shown below it could for example be used together with the Aimpoint MPS.

To my knowledge, but I’m not sure, the current Ak5 Cs & Ds have the Aimpoint CS Red Dot Sight.

All Aimpoint red dots come parallax-free and with unlimited eye relief and the battery life is measured in years.

Aimpoint Micro T-2

The Aimpoint Micro T-2 makes a pretty good match, with the information I got from the screen shots above. Possibly the Trijicon MRO as well.

The T-2 is already used by the Swedish SWAT and NI units, as well as SOG. TFB has reported about this several times before, like here and here.

Aimpoint Micro T-2 Physical Specifications
Length sight only: 68 mm (2 5/8″)
Length conf: 79 mm (3 1/16″)
Width: 41 mm (1 9/16″)
Height sight only: 36 mm (1 3/8″)
Height conf: 47 mm (1 13/16″)
Weight sight only (incl battery): 94 g, (3,3 oz)
Weight conf: 130 g (4,6 oz) incl. Lens Covers and Mount


Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too.


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  • Petto

    Yes , Swedish army have Aimpoint CS for a while , so they probably looking for cheaper and mainly lighter package than CS which is basicly compM4 in a bomb proof cover

    I would bet on Aimpoint T2 or the new CompM5 (maybe?) or even possible new optic

  • Juggernaut

    Since Sweden hasn’t kicked any a** since the days of Gustavas Adolphus they would probably be okay just going with Holosun or Primary Arms red dots and save some $

    • FactChecker90803

      Soo Cheap Chinese Civilian rated sights, over a proven rugged Aimpoint Home Grown Sight..Yeah like that will happen.

    • Dietrich

      Gustavas Adolphus brought in lots of badass Scottish mercenaries. Read Lion of the North by G. A. Henty.

      • Juggernaut

        Sounds good- I shall read it.

  • Brett baker

    Aim Sports for the win!

    • Just Say’n

      I wonder if UTG bid?

      • Gary Kirk

        NcStar..

  • Tim

    Help me here: what adversary does Sweden anticipate using these aim points to defeat?

    Last time I checked, they’d invited all the pathological marauders inside the gates.

    • USMC03Vet

      Just reading today about the Swedish national police commissioner begging for help regard man power and funding. No go zones increased from 55 to 61 in just one year. Law and order collapsing over there with massive exodus of police officers quitting.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        Sounds like these sights might be used against foreign enemies from within Sweden.

      • particularswede

        there are no “no-go” zones
        there are “go-go” zones where the police focus their attention to, but the notion that they don’t enter is silly

        those same areas have been poor and had a bigger criminality since they were built in the 60s

        and you know why rapes went up in Sweden? the definition of rape was changed

        • joe tusgadaro

          Oh you and your facts…

    • Sermon 7.62

      The Independent: Sweden preparing hundreds of nuclear bunkers amid fears of Russian attack

      “Sweden is reportedly preparing hundreds of nuclear war shelters to prepare for a potential attack from Russia amid growing concerns in the Baltics.”

      PBS Newshour: Long-neutral Sweden beefs up military defenses to face Russia threat

      “Sweden has been beefing up its defenses in the face of increasing Russian aggression.”

      The Telegraph: Swedish towns told to ‘make preparations regarding the threat of war and conflict’ with Russia

      • USMC03Vet

        That is some grade A propaganda. This country has an epidemic with it’s own citizens being too afraid to go out at night and it’s not because of Russians.

        • joe tusgadaro

          That’s strange I walked around Malmo at 10PM on a Thursday night last year and the streets were busy….must be just for show for the foreigner.

          • randomswede

            I think you’d find about the same thing if you were to head out tonight, although today is Friday the first weekend after payday during summer time so there’s probably a few more people about.

          • gusto

            no haven’t you heard, Malmö and Stockholm are practically Chicago and Detroit

      • gusto

        Russia is THE enemy ever since it was founded by us the ungrateful bastards

        still are, they took a 1/3 of our country ffs, fuvcked up our colonies in the Baltic States

        • Sermon 7.62

          That’s right. Russia is the largest state in the world, because it took the lands of its enemies, who came to rob and kill the Russians, first. But lost, all of them.

    • randomswede

      It could also be polar bears; they are almost as much of an issue.

      Don’t get me wrong; adults who believe in a version, any version of Santa Claus make me wary. But a rational Swede is more concerned with finding a cool place to park than some kind of religious war.

      • gusto

        It totally works
        I have one aimpoint and there are no polarbears where I live!

    • gusto

      how about Talibans? or Al-Qaida in Mali?

      we may not wage war much these days (and people should be thankful because when we did we were really good at it
      everybody had to gang up on us including Russia to stop us in the end

      but I digress, we are very present in UN-peacekeeping missions and have always been

  • Maxpwr

    The Swedish Army would be as useful as a fighting force if they remained armed with m/96 rifles. I think they are the 3rd Smallest Army on Earth right after Davenport, Iowa Boy Scout Troop 104 and the League of Women Voters.

    But you can’t go wrong with Aimpoint in my opinion.

  • SP mclaughlin

    Shotgun in Swedish green lacquer?
    I’m interested.

  • Haulin’ Oats

    The American answer to anything for Sweeden is always Ikea.

  • Gary Kirk

    “Aimpoint MPS.. It’s a massive RDS for HMGs.. Nice if you’re on a boat or tank, so long as you don’t have to carry it”..

    Damn brother!! I know you’re a competitive shooter (and Damn good at it, congrats on Russia), but didn’t realize you were hardcore running and gunning with an M2A1..

  • ReadyOrNot

    I heard they’re going with Holosun to “diversify” their lineup.

    Kidding of course!

  • Dietrich

    What the Swedes need far more desperately than red dots are large injections of testosterone and nationalism since they appear to be OK with flooding their country with jihadists who rape their wives and daughters.