MILES

The Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) is a training system designed to provide a realistic combat simulation using laser beams. Each individual soldier and vehicle taking place in the training exercise has a its own MILES gear, which can fire beams and sense hits.

The MILES is highly verstaile and can be fitted on a variety of platforms, including armored vehicles and infantry weapons such as ATGM, LMG and assault rifles.

The MILES was developed by the U.S. Army in the late 1970's. It entered service in the IDF in the late 1980's, but due to lacking maintenance and awareness to its potential it was barely used for nearly a decade. In the late 1990's, when the IDF realized that the MILES can dramatically increase training effectiveness, and the resulting combat readiness, it began more extensively using the MILES. The IDF subsequently also ordered the new generation of the MILES - the MILES 2000 - which features improvements over the original version, and can be fitted on airborne platforms.

Each MILES system consists of following key parts:

  • Laser Transmitter - attached to the weapon (usually on the barrel), and accurately replicate the specific weapon range, by sending a simulated eye safe laser round. The MILES laser transmitter is sound activated, so it requires the sound of a blank cartridge in order to discharge the laser round. The blank firing also support realism by allowing the soldiers to use their weapons as they would in an actual combat.

  • Laser Detectors - attached to soldiers and vehicles taking part in the exercise. When a laser beam fired from a laser transmitter impacts on a detector, the laser detector records a hit. Note that the MILES laser detectors are sensitive to the exact origin and type of fire. So for example, the laser beam from a soldier's CAR15 won't be register as a hit in a detector mounted on an APC. The laser detectors are fitted on two harness, one for the helmet and one for the vest.

  • External Rechargeable Power Source - activates the laser detectors. Note that the laser transmitter has its own power source as an internal part of the transmitter. The detectors' power source is usually located on the back of the soldier's vest or on his helmet.

Negev LMG equipped with a MILES adapter.

M24 equipped with a MILES adapter. Note that while the M24 maximum effective range of up to 1000 meters, the MILES adapter is limited to only 400 meters.

Infantry soldiers equipped with MILES taking a rest during training. The detectors power source can be clearly seen on the right soldier's vest and in front of his helmet.

The former IDF Chief Of General Staff, Shaul Mufaz, speaking to a officer candidate armed with a CAR15 and MILES during a visit to the IDF Officers School. Note an officer in the background in armed with CAR15 fitted with an Elbit Falcon.

Ehoud Barak, the former Israeli Prime Minister, checking firearms equipped with MILES during a visit to the T'zehelim army base. From left to right - a CAR15, a Negev LMG and a FN MAG

Soldiers fitted with MILES during training.

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