Grazing the ‘Nstapunditical Range I came across a secondary sighting of Gunblastic interest channeled by Ares’ Defense Technology Blog, something totally cool from Aimpoint is around the bend – heh, as their press release states:
Swedish-based Aimpoint is entering full-scale production of a new modular red dot sighting accessory for rifle firing, called the Concealed Engagement Unit or CEU.
The CEU is the latest component incorporated into Aimpoint’s line of accessories, including magnification, night vision, and with the CEU now also indirect aiming, to be quickly added and changed behind the company’s red-dot sights.
The CEU is a patented system originally developed by DSTO in Australia under the name Off-Axis Viewing Device. Aimpoint has acquired the world-wide exclusive rights for production and sales of the improved device for all markets outside of Australia, (the company says).
Originally prototyped in 2005, the CEU was completely re-engineered following reviews of the initial concept with active military units. The improved CEU will be available in quantity in early 2008, (the company says).
Compatible with all Aimpoint sights, the new CEU is much smaller and lighter than the originally planned design, reducing the weight of the unit by more than 50%, the company says. The stabilized internal optics have been optimized to improve image quality, allowing targets to be identified and engaged more rapidly, (the manufacturer continues).
A lanyard loop was added to aid in retention of the unit, and the chassis design was changed to allow the CEU to be quickly stripped from the weapon if required. That was necessary because the CEU can also be used as a hand held viewing device.
The CEU rotates through 260 deg. allowing the operator to look around either right or left-hand corners, up staircases or down tunnels from almost any angle, (the company claims).
Since the CEU does not affect the red-dot sight’s point of impact, the CEU can be passed from one operator to another using the company’s TwistMount.