Rippel Effect showcasing thermal imaging scopes at IDEX


With its IGS-4S targeting system now fully integrated into the Colombian army’s fleet of Cascavel vehicles, Pretoria defence industry company Rippel Effect is showing the VK-RSS-02 thermal imaging rifle scope as a further enhancement at IDEX.

The scope can also be utilised as a standalone scope for night use.

The VK-RSS-02 can be used with secondary weapons such as the 7.62 mm machine gun on an armoured vehicle. Rippel Effect chief executive, Fritz Visser, said the system integrates seamlessly with the IGS-4S, allowing the crew to operate the secondary weapon from under armour.

He added the VK-RSS-02 was “more than that. It is a self-contained, fully integrated ballistic solution for special operations forces, snipers or combatants. It provides for any combination of thermal imager, HD camera and laser rangefinder, coupled to a real-time 10 MIPS ballistic processor”.

A range estimator or laser rangefinder provides input to the ballistic processor. This results in a high-resolution image that is projected onto a single eyepiece display, reports the IHS Jane’s IDEX show daily. With range determined, the aiming mark is automatically moved to the correct position on the image. The system also allows for barometric pressure, temperature corrections and other variables to be implemented as options for even greater accuracy.

By far the best known product from the stable of the Silverton company is its XRGL40 40 mm extended range multi-shot grenade launcher. It is in use with numerous armed forces around the world as well as being equipment of choice for a number of law enforcement agencies and peacekeeping forces. It fires standard 40×46 mm low-velocity rounds and medium velocity 40x 51mm rounds as well as less lethal grenades without having to be reconfigured.

Rippel Effect is also showing its RLL37/38 and RLL40 dedicated less-lethal launchers at IDEX currently underway in Abu Dhabi.

Picture: Sam Basch