ITL MARS

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The ITL MARS is a battery-powered multifunction aiming sight, which combines a red dot sight and a laser module. It was originally developed in the early 1990’s for the Tavor project as its primary aiming system. Today, the MARS is offered for all weapons and is an IDF standard issue sight for both SF and regular units and is installed on M16 and Tavor variants. The MARS has been largely replaced in recent years by more advanced optics, primarily the Meprolight M5 and MOR.

As an optic designed for the Tavor TAR variant it can be integrated with the weapon:

  • A dedicated on/off switch located on the Tavor handguards will activate the MARS laser.

  • Switching the Tavor safety from “Safe” to “Semi Auto” or “Full Auto” will turn the optic on.

The MARS has four variants:

  • MARS/C (Covert) - combines a red sight and an IR laser. The MARS/C is the primary MARS variant used in Israel.

  • MARS/V (Visible) - combines a red dot sight and a visible laser.

  • MARS/D (Dual) - combines a red dot sight, a visible laser and an IR laser.

  • MARS/TOP – combines a red dot sight, a CCD Camera with a transmitter and either an IR laser or visible laser.

A MARS prototype mounted on a TAR prototype.

 

A MARS prototype version (left) and MARS production version (right).

TAR (left) and M4 Commando (right) fitted with a MARS. The M4 Commando is also fitted with an Orlite thermold (polymer) 31 rounds magazine.

MTAR fitted with the MARS.

MARS end user view. Note the fixed 3-dots emergency iron sights on top of the device, a feature which was added to some MARS.

TAR fitted with an ITL MARS and an ITL Mini N/SEAS - the TAR family standard nighttime configuration.

Typical IDF SF setup with redundant IR laser pointers: a M4 Commando fitted with an ITL MARS, an AN/PEQ-14, a compensator, a stock, a pistol grip, a rail system and a forward grip.

Typical IDF SF setup with redundant IR laser pointers: a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, an ITL MARS, an AN/PEQ-14, a forward grip and a rail system. Also seen is a Sig P228.

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