SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, has been awarded a major military contract to produce the VBL-H (visible bright light heavy) fire control device for the crew-served weapon systems used by U.S. Special Operations Forces. The $16.6 million contract, for an indefinite quantity of SureFire HellFighter heavy-gun WeaponLights, was awarded by officials of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, in Crane, Indiana.
The primary objective of the VBL-H program, a subsystem of the Miniature Day/Night Sight - Crew Served Weapons project of the U.S. Special Operations Command Weapon Accessories program, is to provide increased optical augmentation to crew-served operators. This increased optical augmentation is expected to help crews with target detection, recognition, and identification in low-light/observation conditions on the battlefield.
SureFire’s HellFighter WeaponLight—designed specifically for the M2HB .50 caliber machine gun, M134 Mini-Gun, and M240—generates 3,000 lumens of focused, HID (high intensity discharge) light capable of reaching hundreds of yards into the darkness. HellFighter has been used in combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and has proven to be an effective target illuminator and searchlight, as well as a non-lethal escalation-of-force preventer. In addition to mounting to the .50 caliber M2HB, M134 Mini-Gun, and M240-variant machine guns, HellFighter can also be hand carried as a searchlight or mounted to a vehicle or watercraft.
Work on this contract will be performed by SureFire at their Southern California facilities and is expected to be completed by September of 2015. For more information on the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, visit www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/default.aspx. To learn more about the SureFire HellFighter, go to www.surefire.com/heavygunweaponlight.
For more information on the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, visit www.navsea.navy.mil/nswc/crane/default.aspx. To learn more about SureFire or their V-Series LED WeaponLights, visit www.surefire.com.