[Indo Defense 2018] Rheinmetall Air Defense AG's ILEE(R) TwinBeam Mk2 Laser Designator

by Miles

Introduced in March of this year, we were able to get our hands on Rheinmetall Air Defense AG’s ILEE® TwinBeam Mk2 visible/IR laser designator. The TwinBeam Mk2 is actually just one such designator out of a large product line of similar designators that fill different capabilities and needs. Many of the small arms laser designators are capable of being mounted on an M1913 Picatinny rail and are very similar in controls and materials used in construction.

Technical specifications from Rheinmetall Tech Data Sheet

The objective lens of TwinBeam Mk2, with a CR 123 battery compartment on the left side -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

The TwinBeam Mk2 which was on display at the Rheinmetall booth appears to be Rheinmetall Air Defense’s push into the law enforcement market, especially seeing that it was mounted on a dummy H&K UMP45 submachine gun. Although it might be resistant to environmental factors and extreme abuse, I would find it hard for the TwinBeam Mk2 to best something like the AN/PEQ16 or even the latest Squad Aiming Laser from L3 Technology. But in a Law Enforcement capacity, the laser designator would probably excel quite well due to it being very simple and probably lower cost than the designators designed with the military in mind. The fact that it has the option of mounting a Picatinny rail on top of it is somewhat perplexing (but certainly not a new concept) in that it is a practice not usually done in modular small arms accessories for a variety of reasons. But from a European perspective of using LE small arms with riot gear and height accommodating stocks, it makes a little more sense. In addition, mounting an optic above a laser designator does have tactical merit when co-witnessing with night vision goggles.

The ILLE stands for Industrial Laser Electronics and Engineering AG and is the original Swiss company that Rheinmetall incorporated into the larger company’s portfolio, now renamed as Rheinmetall Air Defense AG. We actually covered one of their earlier lasers in 2015, which was actually a laser designator and rangefinder.

There is a segment of Picatinny rail that is attached to the top of the laser for the mounting of optics to the firearm-Miles V, Indo Defense 2018
Controls are quite simple on the Twin Beam Mk2 with either High (Class 3B) or Low output (Class 2 or 1)-Miles V, Indo Defense 2018
The setup of the remote activation switch, in this case, isn't conducive to a right-handed shooter -Miles V, Indo Defense 2018
-Miles V, Indo Defense 2018
-Miles V, Indo Defense 2018

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv

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  • SP mclaughlin SP mclaughlin on Dec 05, 2018

    Blue man group UMP!
    Never seen one of those in the non-gun form, neat.

  • Uncle Yar Uncle Yar on Dec 05, 2018

    I don't know about you but the optic over designator thing... looks like they copied it off Holosun.

    Might be the first time in modern arms history where someone copied the Chinese instead of the other way around XD

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    • Mig1nc Mig1nc on Dec 07, 2018

      @Kwong This. The DBAL has mounting holes for anything with a Doctor Optic footprint. So, Insight MRDS, etc...

      That said, I have also seen a Holosun picture with a pic rail mounted.

      And I personally have the Rail Scales LEAF sight on my DBAL.