Wilcox Industries has long been known as a “go-to” company for U.S. and Allied Special Operations Forces when they need gear that just plain works. While most people associate them with some of the best night vision helmet mounts on the market, they are actually more like a Skunk Works for SOF units, producing all sorts of unique equipment. The RAPTAR (RAPid TARgeting) Module is a program born of SOF necessity to continually integrate sophisticated electronics into weapon systems. Wilcox began developing the RAPTAR as a laser module that incorporates the usual systems: Infrared Laser Pointer, Visible Laser Pointer, Infrared Illuminator, but also added a badly-needed Infrared Laser Range Finder, plus the ability to adjust the intensity of the component outputs in the field to best suit the situation. The RAPTAR evolved into one of the most advanced weapon-mountable individual laser systems on the market and has been in use by U.S. Tier 1 Assets on the front lines of the Global War on Terror.
Recognizing the civilian market and the restricted nature of the RAPTAR, Wilcox developed the RAPTAR ES. The ES model replaces the restricted Class IIIb lasers with civilian-legal Class1 0.7mW laser modules so that it can be sold without restriction to individual civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel. The RAPTAR ES retains all the functions of the standard (Restricted) RAPTAR, but in a completely civilian legal package! The RAPTAR ES contains a Class1 IR Laser Pointer, Visible Laser Pointer, Variable Focus IR Illuminator, and IR Laser Range Finder. All functions are controlled via on-board buttons or remote pressure switch. Also, all lasers and illuminators are slaved together for easy zeroing!
The RAPTAR ES mounts to MIL-STD-1913 RIS/RAS and STANAG-4694 rails. An included rail interface allows it to be attached to standard Picatinny Rail via a low-profile adapter. The adapter slides onto the host rail and secures via four set screws. The RAPTAR Lite ES then screws onto the adapter from the top. It can otherwise be attached directly to any rail with a threaded STANAG-4694 hole.
Obviously, the RAPTAR ES is packed full of features and functions, but the real gem is the Infrared Laser Range Finder. For the first time ever, operators have the ability to accurately range their targets for improved hit probability under night vision goggles. Anyone with NVG experience knows that accurate range estimation is one of the hardest skills to master under goggles. But, with the RAPTAR ES, you can quickly and easily get an accurate range using the infrared laser to point out your target. The range is displayed in either yards or meters on the rear LED screen, quickly informing the user where they need to adjust fire. This function adds considerable cost to the RAPTAR ES price tag, but its benefits are priceless.
The controls for the RAPTAR ES are a bit unconventional, but easy to learn. The output intensity of each module can be programmed, changed, and saved to memory in the unit, allowing individual users to customize their laser system for their mission. This is especially nice for those who regularly engage closer targets and do not want the constant bloom often associated IR laser impacts on targets. A relatively straight-forward LED interface on the back of the unit allows users to scroll through a variety of menus to make adjustments. Naturally, the intensity of the back-lit LED can be adjusted as well so as not to give away the user’s position. We suggest programming the laser outputs to your liking before going out into the field and becoming familiar with the menu options for making adjustments (or at least keeping the quick reference cards with you).
The Wilcox RAPTAR ES is an ground-breaking entry into the Class1 IR Laser market. It provides users with a combination of tools and abilities not offered by any other product in its class. Another unique feature is that the RAPTAR series has been designed form the ground up to be completely repairable. Other lasers on the market usually require them to be scrapped and replaced if damaged in the field.
This Item is ITAR controlled and cannot be shipped or carried outside the United States without express written permission from the United States Department of State. We do not export outside the United States. PERIOD!