“Yes, this contract is of course very good and important for us. More important however, is that the warfighters out there get the equipment they need!” Lennart Ljungfelt, President of Aimpoint AB said when we congratulated him after Aimpoint won an Army contract to supply 565,783 M68 Close Combat Optic rifle sights.
“Aimpoint products are specifically designed to outperform all other alternatives; the troops count on us to be better,” said Brian Lisankie, President of Aimpoint. “We are proud to continue our twelve-year legacy as the supplier of the M68 Close Combat Optic to the US Army, US Navy, and US Air Force.”
Since 1997, Aimpoint has been supplied the US armed forces 750,000 sights. In addition to the military, law enforcement agencies and sportsmen worldwide use Aimpoint sights.
Aimpoint is the originator and worldwide leader in electronic, red dot sighting technology. The Aimpoint CompM4s was chosen following an extensive evaluation and competitive trial of available optical sights by the Army’s Research and Development Command (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ.
The Aimpoint CompM4s features a battery compartment positioned near the sight base, which gives the sight a streamlined profile and places the switch and battery in a more protected position. A ruggedized switch knob has been integrated as part of the battery compartment housing and features seven night vision compatible settings and nine daylight settings.
The modular QRP2 mount maximizes product application for all M4 carbines and M16 rifles, and eliminates the need for a separate mounting ring. The electronic components in the CompM4s include the latest ACETdiode circuitry, which allows the sight to run continuously for up to 8 years on a single battery, and features an internal voltage regulator that makes it possible to utilize any AA-size battery found worldwide for power.
The sight features a 2 minute-of-angle (MOA) dot size, making it perfectly suited for use with Aimpoint 3X Magnifier (3XMag), Aimpoint Concealed Engagement Unit (CEU), and all generations of night vision devices. The CompM4s is designed to function under hard use and extreme environmental conditions.
Freddie Blish, LtCol USMC (Ret.) joined Aimpoint as its director of military business development two years ago. We joined Blish in Yuma, Arizona in March, 2005 before he retired from the Marines.We were with the Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 for Weapons Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 1-95 before the unit was deployed to the “box.” The course is staged from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma twice a year. It is organized and monitored by Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). Its purpose is to hone the skills of USMC aviation and ground units in weapons delivery, tactics, command and control and integration of joint forces. We have known Lennart Ljungfelt and Brian Lisankie long enough to note that in their continued improvement of the Aimpoint sights, the concern for the safety of our troops is high on their list of priorities.