TechArms Weapon-Integrated Laser Training System [Interpolitex 2017]

Hrachya H
by Hrachya H

During Interpolitex 2017 arms exhibition a Russian startup company called TechArms has introduced a blank fire laser engagement training system. It is similar to MILES system, however, TechArms solution is available both for the military/LE and civilian markets.

The system consists of a weapon mounted laser and the electronics built into the firearm’s receiver (particularly AK receiver). The electronics of the system is a flat plate installed below the left rail of the AK receiver. It is barely seen in the above image. The plate doesn’t interfere with the action. It is made to be able to withstand exposure to water, heat, vibration, cleaning compounds and lubricants.

The second part of the system consists of a small wearable control processor and a number of sensors which detect the laser beam projected onto them. Each trigger pull shoots a laser beam along with firing a blank cartridge. If the laser engages the “enemy”, the sensors detect and report the hit. The sensors can be also placed on different body parts and programmed accordingly. For example, those installed on the head and torso might be programmed to report a lethal hit, whereas those on legs and hands may consider the engagement as a non-lethal wound.

TechArms is offering two versions of this system. One has a smaller laser transmitter (see the above image) and batteries integrated into the stock of the rifle. The second version has a larger laser shown in the image below with the batteries inside the laser device body itself.

The processor of the system is capable of recording the amount of fired rounds, changes of safety selector lever positions, magazine changes, manual charging of the action and other statistical data.

Another interesting feature is that the rifle doesn’t have to be a dedicated blank firing only one. You can install it on a real rifle and simply use it with blank ammunition whenever there is a need for such training.

This system is effective to up to 700 meters. The company plans to add a satellite navigation feature which will allow the system to record the movements of trainees on the field. The company suggests the domestic customers to let them install it on customers’ rifles to eliminate any installation errors. However, it can also be user installed.

The TechArm representatives also told me that they can ship this product to the USA. Moreover, they are considering to adjust it to the AR-15 platform, too.

Hrachya H
Hrachya H

Managing Editor Being a lifelong firearms enthusiast, Hrachya always enjoys studying the history and design of guns and ammunition. Should you need to contact him, feel free to shoot him a message at Hrachya@TheFirearmBlog.com

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  • Core Core on Oct 24, 2017

    These guys look pretty friendly..

  • Suppressed Suppressed on Oct 24, 2017

    I have doubts about how realistic these laser systems are. For instance, the article mentions hits to the leg sensors. Unless the entire leg is covered in multiple sensors or one all-encompassing sensor, how can it register a hit to the shin if there's just one sensor on the thigh? And what about *shooting* your opponent in the hamstring if he's not facing you, do they put sensors there too? The "what-ifs" just keep coming for me. Anybody with experience on any of these laser training systems care to educate me?

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    • Suppressed Suppressed on Oct 24, 2017

      @Bert Thanks for the explanation. I didn't know it worked like speeding lasers, which IIRC are like 6ft wide at 1000 ft. vs. radar which is a couple hundred ft wide at the same distance. So basically long-distance shooting is probably the best way to take advantage of the laser system?

      Thanks for the explanation btw!

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