L3Harris ATPIAL Ultra Hight Power (LA-5C UHP)
The ATPIAL Ultra High Power is a high power and machine gun hardened variant of the standard PEQ-15. The ATPIAL Ultra High Power, otherwise known as the LA-5C is a weapon mounted IR / visible laser weapon site for use with night vision devices. The LA-5C features a slaved visible and IR laser, as well as, a IR illuminator. This give the user the ability to zero the laser during the day and the IR laser will be slaved and will hold the same zero as the visible laser. This allows the zero process to be easier and more precise than at night.
Zeroing the laser is accomplished with elevation and windage flat head screws that sit flush with the housing eliminating accidental adjustment. If a screw driver is not handy, the rim of a 5.56 casing can be used to adjust the screws. The Illuminator is zeroed with knobs on the top and side of the unit. This give the user the ability to adjust the illuminator position in the field if used with clip on night vision devices. The user can zero both the slaved lasers and the illuminator independently to place the aiming laser in the center of the illuminator and adjust the illuminator for clip on’s.
The LA-5C mounts to any standard picatinny rail and can be ran in multiple positions in conjunction with other accessories on multiple weapon platforms. The ATPIAL Ultra High Power sits low on the rail so most lower 1/3 or taller mounts / optics will clear the laser from sight picture.
The unit is operated primarily with a selection dial and fire button on the top of the unit. This lets the user easily manipulate the laser functions to fit the environmental need. Another very intuitive and ergonomic feature is the rear facing batter compartment. This lets the user change the batteries in the device without having to unmount the laser if being used with an iron site mounted in front of the laser.
Due to the extremely strong output of the ATPIAL UHP the unit gives the user the ability to reach out to extremely long distances. The laser output is capable of signaling aerial support, as well as, communicating with others. However, the ATPIAL UHP also has intuitive settings to allow users to quickly change to CQB mode. This decreases the power of the laser so the laser does not bloom out at close distances. This mode still gives users a high power illuminator but with a toned back laser for aiming at close distances. This is extremely helpful in very low light and very high light conditions when higher outputs are needed to overcome photonics barriers.
The divergence adjustment of the illuminator offers a much wider range than the PEQ-15. The illuminator can be focused very wide to all the way down to a very narrow beam much like the aiming laser. This gives the ATPIAL UHP a very versatile range of uses.