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WOW.

Thats some heavy duty operators.....Impressive to say the least. 

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That totals up to 98,500+. Not counting the organizations that didn't advertise how many they ordered.
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Also not counting the individual officers and soldiers that have to buy with their own money.

 

I would hate to own stock in Aimpoint right now.

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They sure chose a great piece of glass.
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USSOCOM Contract Update

In 2004, EOTech was awarded a contract from Crane, the group at the Naval Warfare Surface Center responsible for contracting and technical specifications for the US Special Operations Command. Here, the HWS was selected to represent the Enhanced Combat Optical Sight-Close (ECOSC) portion of the contract and become the standard CQB optic for all U.S. Special Forces. At that time, it was brought to our attention that modifications to the existing HWS must occur to meet specific requirements. The last several months were spent determining what these requirements will be and their feasibility. Now, with our first production order in hand off this 5 year contract scheduled to begin delivery in November, the M553 specifications are clearly defined. The first of several major modifications is to re-design the unit to accept and be powered by (2) CR123 lithium batteries. This battery source is very common and will be compatible with electronic gear within this program including NV, visible and IR illuminators and white lights. Second, the sight will include an elevated base, raising the overall height 7mm. The goal here is to maintain the same sight axis and cheek-weld as other medium and long range sight systems on the M4 platform. In addition, this will position the sight at the optimum height while maintaining the iron sights in the lower portion of the window with no front post obstruction. Furthermore, the unit will incorporate a standard quick detach mounting feature that will allow removal and installation while maintaining zero. The sight will be water submersible to 66 feet and consist of an external finish color of Flat Dark Earth. Some additional minor changes will also occur. The sight will include a battery cap tether connecting the cap to the sights base. Also, the tool free battery cap latch will be improved offering greater functionality and the brightness intensity of the low battery indicator will increase. In addition, the windage and elevation adjustments will be

tweaked to provide improved tactile feel. Lastly, each sight will have sequential serial numbers etched into the protective hood and include a User Manual in the standard military training manual format. Many of these modifications have been requested by our distribution base, Law enforcement departments, and civilian shooters as well. Therefore, a commercial version of this model will eventually be available for both the domestic and international markets. A target date for this has not been determined but is anticipated in early 2006.

 

Battery Latch Improvement

At one point or another, we have all found the need to change out the batteries

on the HWS AA battery sights. When doing so, you probably found out that the battery latch requires a bit of force to throw in order to take the battery cap off. The advantage here is the cap is seated firmly against the housing with no chance of coming loose or detached. The drawback occurs when you injure your finger-tip or nail while attempting to throw this lever. Well, worry and curse no more. Recently, EOTech has updated both the 510AA/550AA models as well as the consumer Bushnell AA unit with an improved latch featuring a raised tip. The function of this lever remains the same but allows the user to easily position their fingertip under the lever and pull up on a much more blunt and angled edge, saving your precious digit. Please note that this is a running product change that may not be fully available until mid July. This is a small modification to cure a common complaint. EOTech strives to actively listen to comments and suggestions from users within the law enforcement and military markets and respond with upgrades to continually enhance the operational performance of the HWS.

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In hostile environments it is often essential to remain undetectable to the enemy. Stealth maneuvers deliver a huge tactical advantage and provide a force multiplier in a great deal of hostile situations. The tools operators deploy with should also remain stealth, including their electronic weapon optics. Elimination of any muzzle side, position revealing signature is key in remaining unexposed. The HWS provides a huge advantage here. It is one of most covert electronic sights on the market today, and provides distinct advantages over the conventional red dot sighting systems.

 

Figure 1:Muzzle side signature images of the HWS

 

This muzzle side, position revealing signature can come in 3

core areas:

 

Light emitting or escaping.

Reflective glare from optical surfaces.

Audible noise from manual operation of the weapon sight.

 

Light escaping signature:

Relating to signature, all red dot sights have a fundamental optical design flaw. The LED light source is

pointed downrange, toward the objective lens and unfortunately, the enemy. In a day light environment this is difficult to pick up, but in night vision situations the forward projecting LED can be seen as a beacon at certain viewing angles. Obviously this is not desirable and can greatly increase the chance of incoming fire. Conversely, the HWS’s optical design contains all of the light within its optical core and the main housing of the sight’s body. (see figure 2). No forward projected light is emitted that can be viewed.

While in the NV mode of operation, the HWS offers no position revealing signature, even to adversaries searching with night vision devices. The HWS is a completely passive weapon sight, a most important feature for today’s operators. Figure 1 clearly shows this, displaying both a C-More red dot optic and an HWS in a side by side comparison. This is viewed through an ITT PVS14 night vision system at a distance of 10 feet away from the muzzle side. We think this is a vitally important comparison to note.

 

Figure 2: Cross section of HWS

 

Reflective Glare signature:

A lot of optical devices such as binoculars and rifle scopes have curved, convex shaped optical surfaces on their muzzle side lenses. To improve viewing performance it is also common that a highly reflective coating is applied to these surfaces. Red dot sights are no different and also need a highly reflective red coating on the objective lens, allowing the “dot” to appear at the target scene. This coating is required and is fundamental to a red dot sight’s operation. One main disadvantage to this older technology is that light can reflect off these optical surfaces and create a “kick back” optical reflection that can give away the operators position. Variations of this light can include any white lights, street lights, or most commonly sun light.

 

To combat this, a user deploys with an anti-reflective device (ARD), which is a black, non reflective “honeycomb” piece sometimes called a “kill flash” filter (see figure 3). These filters are manually screwed on to the objective lens of the optic by the operator in the field, each time the situation or environment requires it. These filters will do the job and eliminate the reflective glare but will also add to other problems in tactical field operations. First, the user will lose a minimum of 15% light loss. This may not be an issue during the day, but in low light or dark situations, it will significantly darken the target scene making it more difficult to identify potential threats. Secondly, the ARD’s honeycombed cell design can easily collect dirt, snow or mud that can block the viewing aperature. This design is much like a cheese grader and is a natural magnet for these elements. If the holes get filled, an operator will be unable to see through it to effectively acquire and engage his targets. Lastly, this device can add around $30-50 in cost per unit and the soldier must carry this extra piece and instantly attach or remove it when the environment changes. To eliminate this or the possibility of losing this piece, a permanent solution integrated into the sight is more reliable and effective in today’s ever-changing urban battlefield.

 

Figure 3: Anti-reflective device

 

In contrast, the HWS eliminates any reflective glare signature issue through its core optical design, and solves this on a permanent basis, where the operator does not need to add or take off filters. The optical design incorporates flat, distortion free viewing windows. A permanent anti reflective coating is applied to all exposed optical surfaces with no degradation to light loss. The HWS retains a photopic light transmission of about 90% across its entire viewing window. The optical surfaces are impervious to reflective glare signature; therefore, the HWS does NOT need these external “kill flash” filters.

 

Audible Signature:

It is also crucial that an operator and his equipment remain free of audible signature. This includes even the smallest of noises that can give away their position or heighten their vulnerability. Most red dot systems incorporate a mechanical dial type knob to control the brightness intensity of the reticle. This configuration forces the operator to manually turn the knob, creating an audible click as it passes each brightness setting. Also, it is vital for an operator to instantly adapt to changing environments. When seconds count, he cannot afford to manually dial down from a bright level to a night vision level to complete his mission.

 

The HWS offers a far superior design. The user interface offers rubberized tactical buttons rather than a dial that control the intensity of the reticle. This can be done by pressing the button each time or simply scrolling, or holding down the left or right button. Either way, minimal audible signature is created. In addition, the M550 offers a night vision button that allows the operator to instantly drop to the NV settings when situations change. Press the button again, and he is right back to the day time settin

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