Italy's Laser Advanced Combat System (LACS) has developed an eponymous laser-based tactical engagement simulation (TES) for live force-on-force training.
The system - which was launched at the 2017 International Training and Education Conference (ITEC) in Rotterdam - has the usual configuration of small-arms laser projectors, harness sensors, an after action review system and auxiliary devices for additional training realism. However, Sergio Mian, LACS chief executive officer, told Jane's that the system was distinctive from other TES equipment by the accuracy of the laser and the fact that the beam dimension is adjustable.
There are three different projectors, which use a proprietary laser code and which are vibration-triggered, either from a blank being fired or the discharge from a CO 2 or airsoft weapon. The laser has a shoot-through-glass capability, which Mian noted is useful for training with vehicles where targets have to be engaged through the windows.
The HG1 pistol emitter has a single laser and a range of up to 50 m. The spot dimension can be adjusted from 2-30 cm to accommodate precision shooting. The R2 assault rifle emitter has an integrated double laser configuration. One has a range of up to 50 m and the second up to 400 m. The spot dimension is adjustable from 2-60 cm, enabling specific body parts to be targeted. An optional longer range version is also available. Both emitters can be zeroed with a calibration key.
The laser detectors are either installed on a separate harness and helmet halo or can be individually attached to combat vests using velcro. The standard individual sensor configuration is a 22-piece platform, but these numbers can be adjusted between 16 and 32 sensors. The sensors have a working angle of up to 120° depending on the light and weather conditions. Individual sensors are illuminated when a laser hit is detected.
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