Meprolight Introduces Erbium Glass Laser Rangefinders

    Meprolight has announced at Eurosatory 2014 the introduction of a line of compact, mounted erbium-doped glass laser rangefinders for vehicles, static emplacements, and other fixed applications. From the press release:

    Meprolight – a leading manufacturer of Laser Range Finder systems, electro-optical systems, thermal and night vision equipment for military, law enforcement and civil applications – introduces for the first time at Eurosatory 2014, the new MEPRO LRF 20-70 – a compact, very fast, Erbium Glass Technology-based Laser Range Finder with a range of 20,000 meters and a repetition rate of 1 pps and 3 pps in burst mode.  The Company will also display the MEPRO LRF 15-02 – a new LRF configuration with an APD receiver that enables a significant extension of the range up to 10,000 meters, while still remaining lightweight and compact and keeping the same size. These systems are designed for a wide range of land, sea, and airborne applications.

    Meprolight is also offering several more compact laser rangefinders, which are usable with machine guns, sniper rifles and other handheld assets:

    MEPRO LRF 15-02 SERIES –Compact Eye-Safe Laser Range Finder

    The MEPRO LRF 15-02 is an open frame, sealed or self-tactical Eye-safe system. Its compact, lightweight design makes it ideal for integration into handheld devices, multi-sensor platforms, and firecontrol systems, or mounted on RCWS, manually operated weapon stations and machine guns.

    MEPRO LRF 20-70 – High Repetition Long Range Eye-Safe Laser Range Finder

    Designed for the measurement and tracking of fast-moving targets, the MEPRO LRF 20-70 is available in two configurations – open or sealed, enabling  integration on any electro- optical system. The open frame system is designed mainly for stabilized, electro-optical payloads. The sealed version is integrated into any multi-sensor platforms.

    Among the other types of solutions to be displayed is the MEPRO MESLAS. This is a compact, lightweight, programmable, multi-function, fire-controlled sniper’s riflescope 10×40 system that incorporates a single-pulse laser range finder operating in an eye-safe spectral range (invisible to night vision devices), a sniper’s telescope, and a fire-control computer. When measuring distance, it automatically calculates the elevation angle according to the ranged target accurate adjustability. The robust system withstands all environmental conditions as well as shocks and vibrations, and offers optional measurements of temperature, humidity, and axis angle sensor for ballistic calculations.

    Meprolight will further be offering a lightweight rifle laser pointer:

    In addition to the LRFs, Meprolight will also introduce the new configuration of the MEPRO STING – Dual Wavelength Laser Pointer. This is a considerably lighter weight laser pointer system weighing less than 220 gr. It emits both an infrared and red laser beam projectinga dot on the target – saving time and ammunition. It can work independently with or without a PTL cable connector, so that the cable does not restrict its operation. Operated by an internal electronic system, the MEPRO STING delivers shooting capabilities without the need to look through the rifle’s sight.

    Lasers, lights and optics have significantly improved the capabilities of modern infantry rifles. Just on the horizon are infantry-ready laser rangefinders that may further improve rifle hit probability and target identification.

    The MESLAS rangefinding scope was also featured on promotional images of IWI’s new DAN precision rifle.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]