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US Military Buying Thousands More M68 Close Combat Optics

Aimpoint AB has landed another contract with the U.S. military for its M68 Close Combat Optics.

The Swedish sight-maker in a press release Wednesday announced the Army agreement, which calls for providing the service and the Air Force with 30,000 of its CompM4 sights, designated M68CCO by the U.S. military.

The devices will come with anti-reflection technology, rubber lens covers and adapters for use on a number of weapons, including the M4 carbine, M16 rifle and M240 and M249 light machine guns, according to the release.

"Aimpoint has been a trusted supplier to the U.S. armed forces since 1997," Brian Lisankie, president of Aimpoint Inc., the company's U.S. subsidiary based in Manassas, Virginia, said in the release. "With the troops counting on us to build the best sights in the world, it’s a job we all take very seriously."

He added, "The CompM4s is the standard by which all other reflex sights are measured. These optics are designed to function with complete reliability and accuracy under the harshest conditions, and do so with near-legendary levels of ruggedness and dependability."

It wasn't immediately clear whether this agreement was competitive. Many soldiers have used the M68CCO during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The product is a red dot aiming device that enhances target acquisition speed, allowing U.S. troops to engage targets up to 300 meters with both eyes open to maintain situational awareness, according to the Military.com equipment guide. The sight has no magnification and can be used with all current night-vision enhancements, it states.

Improvements to the sight protect the inner tube and prevent damage in the field, according to the guide. A new LED improves battery life up to 30 times and increases the number of brightness positions, it states. The redesigned battery compartment accommodates standard AA batteries and minimizes the risk of electronic failure, it states.

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